Sunset at Prambanan Temple

Prambanan always impress me as Borobudur does. The tremendous building built by Indonesia predecessors as high as 47 meters had been the highest building in Java for many centuries. In the Prambanan site lies seven high structure surround by 244 lower structure, so amazing! And good news for visitor, Prambanan temple is very easy to reach by public transportation from the downtown of Yogyakarta City.

Just by riding TransJogja route 1A we can reach this temple from downtown. It just costs about 3000 IDR and you will stop in the opposite of the temple. It will spend about 1 hours from the downtown. Walk across the main road of Yogyakarta – Surakarta we will find the main gate of Prambanan Temple. For Indonesian, it will cost 30.000 IDR to enter to Prambanan temple complex.

After the main entrance, we will see seven largest structure built around 850 CE by Rakai Pikatan and expanded extensively by King Lokapala and Balitung Maha Sambu the Sanjaya king of the Mataram Kingdom. The temple was built to honor Siwa, one of the greatest Hindu’s God,  and its original name was Shiva-grha (grha means a house) or Shiva-laya (the Realm of Shiva)

The Shiva temple is the tallest and largest structure in Prambanan Loro Jonggrang complex, it measures 47 metres tall and 34 metres wide. The Shiva temple encircled with galleries adorned with bas-reliefs telling the story of Ramayana carved on the inner walls of the balustrades. To follow the story accordingly, visitors must enter from the east side and began to perform pradakshina or circummabulating clockwise. The bas-reliefs of Ramayana continued to Brahma temple galleries.

view from the main gate

view from the main gate

The best time to go there is in sunset time. The sun will set behind the temple and create the best scenery which can shoot by our camera. This temple is opened only till 17.15. But we can enjoy the beauty of the sunset until six in the evening, even more.

best view!

best view!

great site for contemplation

great site for contemplation

Finally, the sun has gone...

Finally, the sun has gone…

spotted by light from north side

spotted by light from north side

The show do not just stop when the sun has dropped. Prambanan has a colossal ballet in the north side of the temple. n the ballet will show in evenings. this ballet perform by over 200 professional  dancers and musicians on an open air stage that takes advantage of the Prambanan Temples as a backdrop. The outdoors performances run from 7.30pm to 9.30pm, and are weather dependent.

Perform with temple as backdrop

Perform with temple as backdrop

Ramayana Ballet (www.bpkp.go.id)

Ramayana Ballet (www.bpkp.go.id)

The Ramayana Ballet ticket is start from 30.000 IDR for student and 350.000 for the highest class.  The schedule for outdoor theater will perform by date in the following table:

MAY 2013 2, 4, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30
JUNE 2013 1, 4, 5, 6, 8, 11, 12, 13, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 29
JULY 2013 2, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 27, 30
AUGUST 2013 1, 3, 6, 7, 8, 10, 13, 14, 15, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29
SEPTEMBER 2013 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 28
OCTOBER 2013 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 24, 26, 29, 31
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