Plaosan Temple

Attraction Bugisan village, Prambanan district | Plaosan Temple, Bugisan village, Prambanan district, Yogyakarta, Indonesia Published on: 21-03-2016

1 hour
09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
09:30 AM
10:30 AM
First-time visit
Attraction
Historic
Landmark
Outdoor
Must see
Kids
Free
Architecture
Temple & Monument
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Plaosan is one of the Buddhist temples located in Bugisan village, Prambanan district, Central Java, Indonesia, about a kilometer to the northwest of the renowned Hindu Prambanan Temple.

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Why Plaosan Temple is special ?

Plaosan temple was built in the mid 9th century by Sri Kahulunnan or Pramodhawardhani, the daughter of Samaratungga, descendent of Sailendra Dynasty, and who was married to Rakai Pikatan in the Hindu tradition. The Plaosan complex is an ensemble of two Buddhist temples, Plaosan Lor and Plaosan Kidul. Plaosan complex is divided into 2 groups, namely the North Plaosan Temple and the South Plaosan Temple. Both of the temples have square terrace that is encircled by wall, a pillbox for meditation at the west part and dome on other side. Because of that similarity, the appearance of both temples are the same when they are seen from distant so that Plaosan temple is also called the twin temples.


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What to explore at Plaosan Temple?

The Plaosan compound occupies 2,000 square meters land and located 148 meters above sea level. Visiting the temple compound, you will be able to enjoy the view of the rice fields in the surrounding temple. Plaosan consists of two main temples surrounded by stone walls. Each stone wall was surrounded by 174 in total of ancillary temples. Almost all of the ancillary temples are all ruins. In the west part of the surrounding wall is a stone gate with crown ornaments on top of it.

The main temples are placed above 60 cm platforms. It is ornamented with decorations which beautifully carved in detail. The stairs to the temple has dragon head ornaments on its banister. Another unique decoration is the Kala head placed above the entrance. Different from the Kala decoration in Barong temple, the Kala in Plaosan does not have a lower jaw. The outside walls of the two temples are adorned with nearly-human sized reliefs. The relief in the southern wall depicted male figure while the relief in the northern wall depicted female figure.

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How to get to Plaosan Temple?

By public transport: Take bus from Janti that route to Yogya-Solo. Stop at the first traffic light after Prambanan temple or around Km 18/19. Continue by taking ojek (motorcycle cab) to get to the temple.

By private vehicles: Driving from Yogyakarta, head eastward to the route of Prambanan temple. Take a left turn at the first traffic light intersection after Prambanan temple (see the post office on the left side). Arriving at another intersection with traffic light, make a left turn (north) and head to Manisrenggo. Keep going straight until you find the temple on the right side of the road.

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Selling points

  • Historical significance
  • A temple with two kinds of Architecture
  • Cheap, not crowded, spectacular
  • Very nice place for your memmories
  • Beautiful in late afternoon, for a very peaceful visit
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Duration
5.0 days
Estimated
111.53 USD
Total travel distance
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Number of places
14 places

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Tips for you

  • As the temperature is too high at noon without any shelter nearby, it is better for you to visit it early in the morning or late in the afternoon.
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  • Access to the temple is 'free', but a donation for the restoration works is expected. If you come with a driver, there is also a small parking fee.
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  • There's no local bus nearby, so if you travel by auto rickshaw or tuktuk, you should ask the driver to wait for you and take you back to your hotel.
    Transportation
  • You should search temple on Google maps before your trip here. The vendors in the area can make you go crazy when they show you the way.
    Things to do
  • The temple doesn't offer private tour guide so you have to explore by yourself.
    Things to do

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After the maddening crowds of Prambanan, it's nice to visit this place and not have hordes of tourists or hawkers here. You will need your own transport as it's a very long walk from Prambanan.

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Just two kilometres from the main Prambanan complex, this temple is a an easy drive after you have been to Prambanan. Due to the recent earthquake, there is a lot of rubble lying around and so, probably not worth spending a lot of time walking around this complex - though the architecture is still quite striking.

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I supposedly only passed by this temple, took pictures outside and did not intend to go in, but thinking since I was here. Why not just to have a look. There are only 2 temples there. Both design almost the same. I am not too sure what is the difference as they look the same for me. The place is still repair in progress as you will see a lot of stone surrounded. The temple have 3 area inside and each area there placed 2 god statue in it. They are not complete. The art and architecture are nice that we spent longer time here and wr missed our next destination.

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After the maddening crowds of Prambanan, it's nice to visit this place and not have hordes of tourists or hawkers here. You will need your own transport as it's a very long walk from Prambanan.

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