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Yogyakarta Temple Guide

By Viator, May 2018

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As the gateway to some of Indonesia’s most revered Hindu and Buddhist sites, Yogyakarta is the cultural and spiritual heart of Java, and the surrounding countryside is dotted with magnificent temple complexes. Here are a few that you won’t want to miss.

Borobudur Temple
A UNESCO World Heritage site and the largest Buddhist temple on earth, Borobudur tops to-do lists for first-time visitors to Yogyakarta. Take a walking tour of the vast temple complex and marvel at the towering stone stupas, decorated with more than 2,500 relief panels and 500 statues of Buddha, or opt for a Borobudur sunset tour for memorable views. 

Prambanan Temple
Though smaller than Borobudur, the Hindu temples of Prambanan are just as impressive. Built by the Mataram Kingdom in Central Java in the 9th century, the complex includes shrines, statues, and temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and other gods. It’s possible to visit both Prambanan and Borobudur on a day tour from Yogyakarta; combine it with a Yogyakarta city tour or a stop at Merapi Volcano. 

Pawon and Mendut Temples
Located just east of Borobudur, the Buddhist temples of Pawon and Mendut are often included on a day tour from Yogyakarta. Built during the Sailendra dynasty, the Pawon temple is the older of the two, and it’s known for its beautiful Kalpataru (the Tree of Life) reliefs. The Mendut Temple, meanwhile, contains a remarkably preserved statue of Dhyani Buddha.

Sukuh and Cetho Temples
Two of Central Java’s lesser-known temples are the Hindu temples of Sukuh and Cetho, located in the foothills of the Mount Lawu volcano. You an explore both on a day trip from Yogyakarta—it’s a scenic journey through rice fields and lush countryside. The temples are known for their unique architectural style and terraces, and share similarities to Mayan temples in Mexico. 

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Private Tour: Borobudur and Prambanan Temple from Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta, null
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Private Tour: Borobudur and Prambanan Temple from Yogyakarta

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 Reviews

Embark on this 9.5-hour private tour of Yogyakarta and immerse yourself in the cultural experience. Observe Borobudur, a Mahayana Buddhist Temple, that is also ...  Read more

Location: Yogyakarta-Java Island, Indonesia
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $92.50
Yogyakarta Cultural Tour: Borobudur Temple, Prambanan Temple and Merapi Volcano, Yogyakarta, ... 
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Yogyakarta Cultural Tour: Borobudur Temple, Prambanan Temple and Merapi Volcano

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Yogyakarta (often called 'Jogja'), the cultural hub of Indonesia, which has amazing archaeological and historical sites such as Borobudur Temple, Prambanan ...  Read more

Location: Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $24.00
Private Borobudur Sunrise Tour from Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta, Day Trips
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Private Borobudur Sunrise Tour from Yogyakarta

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On Indonesia’s island Java, there is Borobudur, the largest Buddhist monument in the world. Constructed in the 8th and 9th centuries and abandoned around the ...  Read more

Location: Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $76.30
Sunrise and Temples Tour from Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Sunrise and Temples Tour from Yogyakarta

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Let's explore part of Java island by visiting the Majestic Buddhist temple Borobudur at early morning to see the sunrise and visiting the other two important ...  Read more

Location: Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $73.00
Yogyakarta Morning Tour: Sunrise Over Borobudur Temple, Cycling in Villages with Lunch, Yogyakarta, ... 
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Yogyakarta Morning Tour: Sunrise Over Borobudur Temple, Cycling in Villages with Lunch

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Witness the amazing view of sunrise over Borobudur Temple, and then enjoy paddling your bicycle through a Javanese authentic village before having lunch with a ...  Read more

Location: Yogyakarta City, Indonesia
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $134.00
Javanese for a Day: Private tour of Plaosan Villages and Sunset at Prambanan Temple in Yogyakarta, ... 
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Javanese for a Day: Private tour of Plaosan Villages and Sunset at Prambanan Temple in Yogyakarta

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A full day around the iconic Prambanan Temple is ready to welcome you exploring the area by using traditional means of transportation here. Discover the real ...  Read more

Location: Yogyakarta City, Indonesia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $124.00
Ramayana Performance with Dinner at Prambanan Temple from Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta, Private ... 
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Ramayana Performance with Dinner at Prambanan Temple from Yogyakarta

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Enjoy the Ramayana outdoor performance at Prambanan Temple on this 6-hour private experience. The traditional dance tells the story of two men, Rama and ...  Read more

Location: Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $120.00
Highlight of Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta, Dinner Packages
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Highlight of Yogyakarta

In the morning drive to Borobudur,  explore this massive Buddhist Temple- the largest in the world- and discover the incredible history behind its ...  Read more

Location: Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $139.00
Borobudur Sunrise, Yogyakarta, Half-day Tours
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Borobudur Sunrise

Wake up early this morning to reach Borobudur for the sunrise leaving your hotel around 3:30am (around 1 hour drive from Yogyakarta). T Explore this massive ...  Read more

Location: Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $118.70
Private Tour of Prambanan Temple from Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta, Half-day Tours
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Private Tour of Prambanan Temple from Yogyakarta

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This tour will start from Prambanan village to the Prambanan Temple. The Hindu temple of the “slender virgin”, also known as a complex of Lorojongrang, was ...  Read more

Location: Yogyakarta City, Indonesia
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $48.80

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