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Sewu Temple, Yogyakarta

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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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  • Though this is not the main temple in the area, it is beautiful and very much worth a visit. The good thing also is that it is generally not very crowded since most people go for the bigger and more f...  more »
  • It is within Pambansang temple complex,ย  just 10 minutes walk from Prambanan temple.ย  This temple is small compared to Prambanan but very beautiful. The place, a good respite from the crowds in Pramba...  more »
  • The Sewu temple isn't the main attraction at the Prambanan temple complex but it is essential to visit if you go there. At the farthest end of the complex its a nice shady walk for approximately 5-10 ...  more »
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  • Beautifull, Ancient, Peace, And Wonderfull Temple In Prambanan Place.
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  • This Buddhist temple side by side with Prambanan temple that Hindus is always being miss by the Prambanan visitor. It's marvelous temple so don't miss it.
  • Allthough it's at the back of the grounds of Prembanan, people seem to miss it. Don't, because albeit small, it's very pretty. Take the minitrain.
  • Amazing Budhist temple. Literally salvaged from a sea of stones. Excellent reconstruction work, still in progres.