...tour around Yogya #3.
Trip Start Mar 05, 2012
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What I did
By now Cody and I were exhausted. It was rush hour, and we had to drive back through Yogya to get to the temples. We had done about 100km on the bike and almost gave up, but decided the final 17km from the city to the temple was worth it.
Through the heat of late day sun we made our way to the parking lot of the Prambanan temple where we were informed that the parking would be closed in 45 minutes, again before the temple itself was closed.
We made a beeline for the temple entrance. Another ticket fare matching the popularity of the attraction was payed.
Prambanan is the largest Hindu temple is Indonesia and another UNESCO world heritage site. In fact it is one of the largest Hindu temples in SE Asia. As always, information was lacking. This time though, a student offered to give us a tour of the site, he said he volunteered there to practice his English but that we could pay him if we wanted to. Had we the time, we would have accepted his offer, but this was going to be a temple visit on speed.
Though not nearly as large as Borobudur, the detail in the architecture and reliefs equally matched that of the former. At one time the main temple compound had been surrounded by smaller temples of a similar shape. All that remained now was ruins. The main temple itself was under restoration efforts at the time, though the outlying ruins remained untouched. Not much to look at, the piles of rock still held significance for me as they were a reminder of how old the temple is and forced an appreciation for that which was still standing without the help of restorative efforts.
With minutes left we made our way to the exit which, not surprisingly, was another tourist farm. We were shooed away from the main gate to the back of the temple. We had to walk through a throng of touts, a deer zoo, and a giant turkey (may have been an ostrich, may have been an emu, we never figured it out).
When we started this day we had agreed that we were in need of a good dose of 'tourist stuff'. A good dose we got. Sunburned, starving, filthy from road dust, thirsty, overheated and with little to no feeling in our asses and my shoulders and forearms, we were satiated.