Discover the Magic of Yogya

Greater Yogya is also home to one of the most dramatic marriages of human endeavor, ancient architectural design, spiritual belief and nature. Honored as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Borobudur is truly one of the world’s greatest monuments. Dating back from the 8th and 9th century, it was built by King Samaratungga from Syailendra Dynasty. Originally 42 meters, as the highest stupa was destroyed when it was struck by lightning.

The main temple is a stupa constructed in three tiers around a hill, which serves as its natural center and pyramidal base with five concentric square terraces, the trunk of a cone with three circular platforms with 72 openwork stupas, each containing the statue of a Buddha. At at the top, a monumental stupa.

Decorated with fine low reliefs, the walls and balustrades were made of huge slabs of andesite stone taken from the rivers around Borobudur, all manually and painstakingly stacked up to cover a total surface area 2,52, square meters and a total volume of 55,000 cubic meters, making it single largest Buddhist structure anywhere on earth.

borobudur temple

30 Minutes from Yogya, 17 kilometers from the city center, there is another masterpiece, this one of Hindu culture. The 47 meters high Prambanan Temple was buit in the 10th century during the reign of two kings – Rakai Pikatan and Rakai Balitung- with eight shrines, 250 minor temples and three main temples, namely Vishnu, Brahma and Shiva.

There is fascinating tale behind the construction of this temple, the love story of Bandung Bondowoso and Roro Jonggrang, while Jonggrang did not reciprocate the feeling, so when Bondowoso asked her hand in marriage, she asked Bondowoso to make her a temple with 1,000 statues in one night. If he succeeded then she would agree to marry him. Seeing he rimpossible request was nearly fullfilled, Jonggrang panicked and asked the villagers to pound rice and start cooking in order to make it look like the morning had broken. When Bondowoso found out, he was furious and cursed Jonggrang to be the thousandth statue. Her statue now rest in the temple of Shiva.

prambanan temple yogya

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