Candi Prambanan & Mendut – Yogyakarta

Other than the famed Borobudur Temple, Yogyakarta is also home to countless other Hindu temples. Two other temples that may be of interest are Candi Mendut, and Candi Prambanan, pictured below. Travelers driving in from Jakarta will usually pass by Candi Mendut, which also serves as a welcoming sign, while Candi Prambanan (below) is the largest Hindu compound in Indonesia, consisting of a large garden picnic area next to the temples and various museums on Yogyakarta’s history and Hinduism.


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About the Author. Nikolas Tjhin. A graphic and web designer in its previous incarnation, Nik’s journeyman career has seen him do work for various creative studios in Wisconsin, Minneapolis, Singapore and Jakarta. Now, he’s settled down for the time being and focusing his efforts as the editor of an Asia travel zine, Unearthing Asia.


8 Comments on "Candi Prambanan & Mendut – Yogyakarta"

  1. Jen@TwoKidsandaMap on Fri, 4th Sep 2009 1:44 pm 

    That last photo is beautiful. At first I didn’t notice all of the people standing around but when your eye focuses on them you see how big the place really is!

  2. Glennia on Fri, 4th Sep 2009 3:41 pm 

    Love the red in the third photo. What a beautiful place!

  3. Sharlene on Fri, 4th Sep 2009 5:41 pm 

    Wow! That place looks incredibly beautiful.

  4. Cate on Fri, 4th Sep 2009 5:41 pm 

    Great to see some other places of interest in this area and you’ve captured them well. Thanks for sharing.

  5. marina k. villatoro on Sat, 5th Sep 2009 9:20 pm 

    I love your pictures. It’s such a different world than where I live right now!

  6. theLightShutter on Sun, 13th Sep 2009 12:43 am 

    he3x I live in Jogja :p

  7. Denni on Mon, 27th Sep 2010 7:23 pm 

    Prambanan has an interesting folklore….

    So there’s this beautiful princess named Roro Jongrang from Prambanan kingdom and Bandung Bondowose, a powerful king from the opposite kingdom Pengging.. Prambanan ended up beaten by Pengging.

    This new king was ruthless, but he love the princess beauty and ask her if she’s willing to be his queen. However, Roro Jongrang hated the king and proposed an almost impossible requirement.

    She asked him to build 1000 statues over one night.

    Bandung Bondowoso can command an army of ghouls; and he ordered the army to build the statues over night. Roro jongrang was surprised and worried; but she managed to find an idea.

    Just when the ghouls army finishes the 999th statues, she and her maid made noisy sound in the chicken cage, triggering the cocks to shouts. She also asked her maid to make sounds of ‘alu’ – traditional rice grinding tool made from wood – to make it looks like it’s about to dawn.

    Hearing this, the ghouls army scared off. In the morning, Bandung Bondowoso invited her to see the statues, but there’s only 999 of them. Driven by anger and frustation, he declared “then you should be the 1000th one!” and with his power he turned the princess into the last statue and complete the Candi Prambanan.

    Interesting huh? :) Then Visit Indonesia and discover so much more with us :)

  8. Denni on Mon, 27th Sep 2010 7:25 pm 

    Oh, one more thing… in recent years young people believe that you shouldn’t come to Prambanan with your boyfriend/girlfriend. It is believed that it brings bad luck to your romance. Cheers.

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