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Sewu Temple, Yogyakarta

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#3 of 20 in Historic Sites in 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 holiday planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • August 17, 2017
    We visited the temple upon opening dear the ticket but beautiful practically we were on our own wonderful advice to turn it all around
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  • August 17, 2017
    These ruins are the most beautiful thing in the world I went on a tour that gave me who after a Congress but one each step and each view is super nice! It is worth much
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  • August 17, 2017
    Very typical Temple, lies shortly after the times prambanan. Less crowded and equally significant. Part of the structure is destroyed by earthquakes.
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  • August 11, 2017
    My favorite temple so far. This Buddhist temple has exquisitely amazing atmosphere. Buy ticket from Prambanan Temple first, and wait for local shuttle bus to take you to this temple. However, I recommend you to go there on foot. So you can enjoy this temple as long as possible, until 5 pm.
  • August 29, 2017
    Buddhis temple in prambanan complex.. you need to walk or rent bicycle or shuttle from prambanan temple.. not so many people come here.. so worth to taking picture..
  • March 23, 2017
    Go here after awesome walk through Prambanan. Rent a bicycle for 10K or wait the shuttle passes you. Coolest ruins and the fact that the temple is Buddhist, also open our eyes that religion tolerance been there for thousand years. The museum is a must visit too, so you can understand better. =)
  • August 11, 2017
    This temple is a part of the Prambanan complex. You won't get in to see this lovely temple by itself - you have to pay $25 US, which is a day light robbery.
  • July 25, 2017
    A really beautiful and magic Buddhist temple in which the time feels like frozen.

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The area just south of the main train station in Yogyakarta offers a cluster of decent accommodations, with both budget hostels and luxury hotels available. Jalan Jendrai Sudirman offers reliable chain hotel options offering comfortable rooms, with more budget options scattered across the side streets of the northern districts.
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