DIY Guide to Prambanan

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

diy guide to prambanan temple

Yogyakarta remains as one of my favorite places ever. Even if it was a witness to an embarrassing episode involving Burger King and fries, despite being home to the second lousiest room I've ever stayed in, it still holds a special place in my heart.

There's so many things to do here, and I'll list those down for you next, but here, as the title suggests, I'll give you an easy how-to for visiting the temple of Prambanan. But first, some facts.

Dedicated to the Trimurti or the iteration of God as Brahma the Creator, Vishnu the Preserver, and Shiva the Transformer, Prambanan is the largest Hindu temple in Indonesia. It was declared a UNESCO Heritage Site in 1991.
temples in yogyakarta

It's known for its distinct pointed and tall structures typical of Hindu architecture, particularly its lofty central building measuring at 147 feet. The walls are carved with bas-reliefs detailing the legend of Ramayana.

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The temple is open everyday, even on public holidays, from 6AM to 5PM. There are regular ballet performances at the compound about the Ramayana epic from 7:30PM to 9:30PM. You may check the schedule here.
prambanan temple architecture

Foreigners are charged 337,500 rupiahs (about 1,278PHP, 25USD) per person. Foreigner with student IDs pay 202,500 rupiahs (about 767PHP,  15USD). To get your tickets, head to the left side of the entrance. The ticketing stalls in the righthand section, which is usually busier, are for locals.

You can always get an Uber or a Grab, or even the local ride-sharing app Go-jek, but commuting to Prambanan is really easy and cheap if you take a Trans Jogja bus – the local bus system. It charges a fixed fare of 3,500 rupiahs (about 13PHP or .25USD) per person per way.

You must take the 1A Bus to get to Prambanan. These air-conditioned buses usually go through the Malioboro terminal, and you can get on one there. But there are also several bus stops across town – just ask the attendant if the stop services buses to Prambanan. The buses start operating at 6AM, with another leaving every 20 minutes.

You have to get off at the last stop of the 1A route. From here, cross the road then proceed by walking towards the entrance of the temple.
raining in prambanan temple

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- There is actually no dress code for this temple, but I highly suggest dressing modestly. Footwear isn't a big deal so sandals and flipflops are fine, but do try to avoid short shorts and miniskirts when visiting temples as a sign of respect.
- Guided tours are possible. Just coordinate at the reception.
- Bring a hat or an umbrella – it could get quite hot during the day. Plus, a drizzle in the afternoon is also common.
- Bring a water bottle. You'll be given a complementary bottle of water at the entrance, but you can choose to refill your tumbler instead. There'll be less trash that way.
- There are also souvenir stalls right before you exit the temple compound. If you're pressed for time, you can get some items here. (If you've plenty of time, the market at Malioboro is still your best bet for the best deals.)

There you have it. If you have any questions or suggestions, do comment below. Found this helpful? Please do share!

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