Welcome to Prambanan

All the temples in the Prambanan area were built between the 8th and 10th centuries AD, when Java was ruled by the Buddhist Sailendras in the south and the Hindu Sanjayas of Old Mataram in the north.

The two dynasties were united by the marriage of Hindu Rakai Pikatan and the Buddhist Sailendra princess, Pramodhavardhani. This may explain why a number of temples, including those of the Prambanan temple complex and the smaller Plaosan group, reveal both Shivaite and Buddhist elements in architecture and sculpture. But Prambanan is a Hindu site first and foremost, and the wealth of sculptural detail on the great Shiva temple here is the nation's most outstanding example of Hindu art.

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$113.80 Cultural & Theme Tours

Private Tour: Borobudur and Prambanan Temple from Yogyakarta

You are brought to the most spectacular and world’s biggest Buddhist monument complex, Borobudur, built around 800 A.D. Looming out of a patchwork of bottle-green paddies and swaying palm tops, this colossal Buddhist relic is one of the continent’s marvels. After the decline of Buddhism and the shift of power to East Java, the monument was abandoned soon after its completion. For centuries the complex lay forgotten, buried under layers of volcanic ash. Climb up to the top, level by level to appease all skill levels, and enjoy a wonderful view on the Menoreh Mountains. Enough time is given to stroll around the complex and to discover its beauty. Afterwards,we continue to visit the nearby located temples such as Pawon Temple and Mendut Temple. Drive to Prambanan village to visit the Prambanan Temple. The Hindu temple of the “slender virgin”, also known as a complex of Lorojongrang, was erected in the 9th century while Java was ruled by the Hindu Sanjayas of Old Mataram in the north. It consists of three major temples and shrines in the main area dedicated to respected Hindu’s God Trinity such as Candi Shiva Mahadeva, Candi Brahma & Candi Vishnu. Enough time is given to walk around and observe the beautiful carvings and the neighborhood shrines such as the Candi Palosan and the Candi Sewu. The Ramayana story is carved into the walls of the temples.

$168.75 Cultural & Theme Tours

All of Yogyakarta

In the morning explore Jogjakarta old city by visiting the Sultan palace, Taman Sari castle and then drive to Borobudur, 42 kilometers west of Jogjakarta. With your guide, explore this massive Buddhist Temple- the largest in the world- and discover the incredible history behind its construction. Comprised of thousands of volcanic and river stone blocks, the temple was assembled entirely by human labor and took more than 75 years to complete. These days, the UNESCO Heritage site is still visible in its full glory- with magnificent carvings and an unusual, yet surprisingly beautiful bulk structure. A late lunch at a local restaurant set amid the rice fields. Next head to the ancient Hindu temples at Prambanan, located 17 kilometers from Jogjakarta. Built in the 9th century, this collection of sharp, jagged temples features three main inner shrines dedicated to the Hindu trinity: Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. UNESCO named Prambanan a Heritage Site in 1991. Your guide will explain the history and symbolism of the temples as you walk around. Transfer back to Jogjakarta to your hotel.

$104 Cultural & Theme Tours

Prambanan and Surrounding Temples

In the afternoon, transfer from the city center of Jogjakarta heading to the east, to discover the lesser known temple in the area but definitely worth to visit. Plaosan is a twin Buddhist temple separated by road in the middle of the rice field and plantation. The temple featuring many unique reliefs that has 116 ancillary domes and 50 ancillary temples.  Back the entry point, a traditional horse cart, locally known as Dokar has waiting for you short transfer through traditional Javanese village to Prambanan. Explore the ancient Hindu temples at Prambanan, located 17 kilometers from Jogjakarta. Built in the 9th century, this collection of sharp, jagged temple features three main inner shrines dedicated to the Hindu trinity: Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. UNESCO named Prambanan a Heritage Site in 1991. Your guide will explain the history and symbolism of the temples as you walk around. Afterward, drive through a winding and hilly road to reach Ratu Boko, standing proudly on 200m above sea level overlooking the magnificent Prambanan temples, and mystical Mount Merapi as its far background. Ratu Boko Palace is the remnants of the glorious golden age of the ancient Javanese kingdoms. From this mystic temple you will witness a beautiful scenery when the sun is setting in the west.  Back to hotel.

$61.30 Cultural & Theme Tours

Private Tour of Prambanan Temple from Yogyakarta

The Prambanan Temple Complex was build in the 9th-century and is located in Central Java around 17 kilometres from Yogyakarta and was dedicated to the Trimurti, the expression of God as the Creator (Brahma), the Preserver (Vishnu) and the Destroyer (Shiva) and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest Hindu temple site in Indonesia and one of the largest in Southeast Asia.In 1811 during Britain’s short-lived occupation of the Dutch East Indies, Colin Mackenzie, a surveyor in the service of Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, came upon the temples by chance. Although Sir Thomas subsequently commissioned a full survey of the ruins, they remained neglected for decades. Dutch residents carried off sculptures as garden ornaments and native villagers used the foundation stones for construction material.Around 7:30am, you will be picked Up at your centrally located hotel in Yogyakarta city and drive to Prambanan village. The first step is to enter the Prambanan Temple Complex. You will visit the Trimurti temples dedicated to Shiva, Visnu, and Brahma. Continue to visit the Vahana temples dedicated to the vahana of each gods; Nandi, Garuda, and Hamsa.And then visit the Apit temples located between the Trimurti and Vahana temples. Continue to the Kelir temples which are four small shrines.The last step is to visit the Patok temples: four small shrines located on 4 corners of inner zone and the Pervara temples.Around 11:30am, your guide will send you back to your hotel in Yogyakarta.

$96 Day Trips & Excursions

Borobudur Sunset Tour

After having your breakfast at Hotel, our English speaking driver will pick you up at 07.00 and drive directly to Prambanan temple. You will amaze to see the great Prambanan complex temple with the three main shrines emerge among other small temples surrounding. Our local knowledgeable tour guide will reveal the stories, legends and history of Prambanan temple for 1-1.5 hrs. He will take you to some angles to get best photography. Afterwards, we will drive to Merapi volcano to take a jeep's ride visiting and stop at some great spots and 'memorable' places where the eruptions happened in 2010. Our local knowledgeable driver will escort you securely along the way bumpy road and explain you the stories of Merapi volcano and surroundings. Before visiting Borobudur temple, we will have a break time having lunch at a nice local art house by a rice field and closed to an 8th Buddhist temple called 'Mendut'. Enjoy the great local cuisine and Java coffee while waiting for the sun goes little bit down, then we will visit Borobudur temple at best time accompanied by our local tour guide who will reveal another great history and stories till sunset. Afterwards, we will drive back to Yogyakarta and take a free evening time at Hotel.

$66 Cultural & Theme Tours

Ramayana Dance in Javanese Culture

When you are in Yogyakarta, Ramayana Ballet Show at Prambanan is a must see program. Around 6 PM our driver will pick you up at the hotel you're staying (Yogyakarta area). You'll drive eastward about 40 minutes to Prambanan Temple. Dinner is served at Rama Shinta Restaurant, where you can enjoy various Indonesian cooking with the view of the World's Highest Hindu Temple. The show starts at 7:30 PM. It is therefore recommended that you be at the theatre about 10 minutes before the show. Don't worry, the theatre's located next to the restaurant. You can just walk there.At 9.30 PM the show's over and our driver will take you back to your hotel.Please kindly remember, the regular show's only on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

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