Sewu Temple

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Tags : Historical Site

Timings : 06:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Time Required : 1-2 hrs

Entry Fee : IDR 232,000/person (Included in the ticket cost of visiting Prambanan Temple)

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Sewu Temple, Yogyakarta Overview

The second-largest temple complex in Indonesia after the Borobudur Temple Complex, The Sewu Temple Complex is built upon Buddhist principles and sensibilities. It is located about 17km away from the main city of Yogyakarta and is among its foremost structures alongwith the Prambanan and Borobudur temples. The construction of the temple complex was started way back in the 8th- Century by the Matram Kings, although it was discovered only in the 1960s. This was because the debris of the temple were buried under the deluge of the explosion of Mount Merapi Volcano.

The name of the temple itself in the local language translates to 'Thousand Temples', however, in reality temple is arranged in the form of a 'Mandala' and consists of 294 smaller temples inside it. The temple is also known as Candi Sewu Temple, after the Indnesian word for temple. It is located right at the end of the Prambanan Temple complex and inspite of being a restored one, sees far fewer tourists.

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How To Reach Sewu Temple

If you choose to come from the Giwangan Bus Stop, you would have make a stop at the airport and from thereon take the Route 1A bus that can take you directly to the Prambanan Temple. From thereon, you can just take a walk to the Sewu Temple. 

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