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Mendut Temple (Candi Mendut)
Mendut Temple (Candi Mendut)

Mendut Temple (Candi Mendut)

Jl. Mayor Kusen, Mungkid, Magelang, Jawa Tengah, Indonesia, 56512

The Basics

There is a tiny admission charge to Mendut Temple (Candi Mendut), which also covers admission to Pawon Temple (Candi Pawon), another small temple related to majestic Borobudur. It’s perfectly possible to visit all three temples independently, but many prefer the seamless transportation of a tour or private driver, perhaps with the historic insights of a private guide.

Most Mendut tours bundle this temple with others in the Yogyakarta area: particularly Borobudur and Pawon. Some combine Borobudur, Mendut, and Pawon with the Prambanan complex, which is a lot to take in over a single day. Mendut is also a popular stop on multi-day tours of Yogyakarta and its environs.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Yogyakarta

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Fantastic full day around Yogyakarta
Patrick_E, Dec 2022
Private Tour: Full Day Lava Tour By Jeep In Merapi Volcano Including Borobudur Sunrise Pawon Mendut and Prambanan Temples Tour
The best organizer I ever met. Always on schedule, top activities, top private car, and very kind! We asked additionnally for the night ballet at Prambanan and we got it without problem for minimum extra charge
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Classy way to see Borobudur, Prambanan, and Merapi
Justin_M, Aug 2022
Private Tour: Full Day Lava Tour By Jeep In Merapi Volcano Including Borobudur Sunrise Pawon Mendut and Prambanan Temples Tour
The morning far exceeded expectations. On arriving to the spot we would watch sunrise over Borobudur, we were surprised to see that we had a nice breakfast prepared for us and a man playing music for us while we ate. Our guide Tulus did a great job showing us around the temples and by request even brought us to a Batik school on the way back to town where we could buy Batik art without getting ripped off. The Jeep tour company that they work with was also great. Our Jeep guide basically did a photo shoot of us in an old US Army Jeep (apparently from WWII) overlooking the volcano.
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Excellent service
Talvir_A, Apr 2022
Private Tour: Full Day Lava Tour By Jeep In Merapi Volcano Including Borobudur Sunrise Pawon Mendut and Prambanan Temples Tour
Excellent service clear meeting instructions. Vehicle and guide on time and waiting for us. Very professional guide Tulus, very informative on our travels and provided history of both towns we visited. We felt this tour was value for money and although the weather could have been kinder, It was a memorable experience.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Mendut Temple is a must for serious history buffs.

  • Candi Mendut is a small and simple temple, around 85 feet (26 meters) in height, but the stone carvings within its inner sanctum are dazzling.

  • As with any religious site in South East Asia, it’s worth dressing appropriately—try to cover your shoulders and kneeds.

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How to Get There

The best way to reach Mendut Temple independently is by traveling from Yogyakarta to Borobudur then walking or taking a taxi. The 25-mile (40-kilometer) journey from Yogyakarta to Borobudur takes around two hours by bus from the Jombor or Giwangan terminals. Many prefer the ease of an organized tour that starts and finishes at their door and covers off temples such as Pawon and Borobudur, or the comfort of a private driver.

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When to Get There

Candi Mendut comes into its own on Waisak (Buddha’s birthday), which falls around May each year on a date set by the lunar calendar—that’s also when the temple is very busy. Assuming you’re combining Mendut with Borobudur, try to avoid weekends and Indonesian public holidays, which is when the Borobudur crowds are at their most hectic.

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Waisak at Borobudur and Mendut

Although the Buddhist Sailendra dynasty that built Borobudur and Mendut is long gone, Indonesia boasts a diverse selection of Buddhist traditions. Waisak, a holiday that celebrates Buddha’s birthday, is an official holiday for all of Indonesia. Prayers and processions start from Candi Mendut and progress to Borobudur, and both the temple and the monastery come alive in spectacular fashion.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Mendut Temple (Candi Mendut)?
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What else should I know about attractions in Yogyakarta?
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