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Sewu Temple, Yogyakarta

Explore the partially restored ruins of Sewu Temple, an 8th-century Mahayana Buddhist temple complex that shares many similarities with the adjacent Hindu temple. Admire the ornate central building, which displays a more rounded, organic aesthetic than its Hindu sibling. The ancient temple spent centuries buried by volcanic debris, during which time its history became intertwined with local myths and folklore. The name translates to "A Thousand Temples"--in reality they number 249--which derives from the popular folktale "The Legend of Loro Jonggrang." Historians believe the complex was originally called "Manjusri grha" (The House of Manjusri). Put Sewu Temple and other Yogyakarta attractions into our Yogyakarta trip planner , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Temple Buddhist, consisting of a main building (already rebuilt), surrounded by 8 temples of average size (current), themselves surrounded by 240 petitd templed (in ruins). the site is impressive, and imagine the significance of the site. nice surprise next to prambanan, included in the price of the ticket, do not miss!
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  • Very interesting temple with lots of separate buildings. Expect to climb a lot of steps to see the different statues inside each one. Not everything has been restored.  more »
  • Situated in the same place of Prambanan Temple, you visit first Prambanan then when you are at the exit, you can walk to Sewu Temple or rent a golf car to go to Sewu Temple. Around 1 km.. but after 11...  more »
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  • Had a great time visiting this temple. It is crazy to think that this is the 2nd largest Buddhist temple in Indonesia after Borobudur but it is not very well known and visited. At least you can have all the place by yourself when taking photos. You can also see nice sunset from this site.
  • Realy impressive buddist temple which is located at the same Prambanan temple site. But lot of people missed this temple and therefore it is less crowded. Best way to visit is by catching the tourist shuttle at the exit of Prambanan temple. It is a free of charge if you bought combined ticket for both Borobudur & Prambanan.
  • Candi Sewu is the second largest Buddhist temple in central Java after Borobudur and dates from 8th to 9th centuries AD. The temple is dedicated to the Buddha Vairocana, whose statue would have been contained in the main chamber, however it is no longer there. The complex is based on a Mandala design, a trait of Vajrayana school complexes. Vajrayana learning came to Java in the 8th centruy through contacts with the Pala empire. The main temple structure has been well restored and can be explored inside. There are dozens of smaller structures surrounding it, some restored but many simply piles of stones. Although just adjacent to the main Prambanan temples, few visitors to that site make it to Candi Sewu, making it a more peaceful place to explore.
  • My favorite temple in the Prambanan park. Tourists on the $25 ticket get free shuttle to Sewu. Loads of rubbles still lie around. The main temple is nicely reconstructed. Not so many people come here, so it’s a good place to take pictures.
  • If you are going to Prambanan please put this on your list. You won't be disappointed and much less people than Prambanan. This is also a good spot for sunset. If it had not been destoryed so terribly it would be Top 3 in Jogja. The other two are Borobudur and Prambanan. Personally, I like this the most. You can walk here from Prambanan or have a ride. There is also a small museum near here and you will see some nice Rakshasa statues. They are pretty cute. Enjoy
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