Buddhist/Hindu Temples in a Muslim country!
Trip Start Mar 16, 2010
65Trip End Sep 11, 2010
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We arrived at Adisutjipto Airport without delay and took a taxi to JL Sosro. There are two areas of town to stay at in Jogja, one called Prawirotaman and the other JL Sosro. Prawirotaman is an artificially constructed tourist area and more expensive than its counterpart JL Sosro. Also it is further away from the Sultan's Palace, the Malioboro Mall and the better and more fairly priced tourist agencies.
Anyway we came to Jogja for a reason, to see the Borobodur and Prambanan and even complete climbing the crater of Gunung Bromo
We booked a double temple tour instead of doing one temple per day. This was a wise decision as there is not enough to detain you for a whole day. For us this wise decision was simply a stroke of luck because we arrived in Jogja in the morning and we were so tired that we had an early morning nap and missed the visiting hours for the Sultan's Palace. So we booked our tour with Great Tours, recommended by Rough Guide; and we were not disappointed.
Prompt pick-up and a nice and adept tour guide told us the plan for the day: 2.5hrs at Borobodur, 20 minutes at Kaliurang (Mount Merapi Viewpoint) and 1.5hrs at Prambanan. This was an ideal amount of time and there was a stop for lunch before our final viewing of Prambanan. We are not going to say a lot about the temples apart from one thing- GO AND VISIT them! Borobodur was a striking and large temple, a Buddhist masterpiece. V expensive to enter, but take your student card if you have one as the tickets are half-priced. The saving is about GBP 10 for using your card. Prambanan is much smaller and is in the centre of a large green park housing deer. There is only one major complex of Prambanan, a Hindu temple due to the lack of funds, care and discovery. Leanne preferred the architecture of Prambanan to Borobodur, both to be honest were defaced and vandalised but still had lots to see and to wonder. There are many ruined or destroyed temples in the Prambanan park that unfortunately have been victim to Islamic supremacy when they became dominant in the 14th Century. A great day out for both of us, returning about 4ish after leaving at 7.45am. We will let you scan over the pictures.
Next was off for the one of the hardest journeys to see Gunung Bromo! To complete the Java experience.