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Sewu Temple, Yogyakarta

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Ruin Religious Site
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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  • This temple is at the other end of the Prambanan temple complex site and is only a 5-10 minute walk. You do not have to pay extra it is part of entrance fee to complex and it was definitely worth the ...  more »
  • 10-minute walk away from the main temple at Prambanan, avoided by most crowds so chances are you'll have the temple almost to yourself  more »
  • As you go around and see Prambanan and Borobudur, this is a nice comparison. I think it is about a century older, and it is nicely restored. . It is complex and beutiful  more »
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  • 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. =)
  • A big budhist's temple next to one of the biggest hindu's temple (prambanan)... tolerance tolerance tolerance...
  • Budhist temple complex near Hindust Temples
  • A lot of visitors to Prambanan miss Candi Sewu which is a beautiful temple within walking distance of Prambanan complex. When I went it was almost empty as opposed to the huge crowds at Prambanan
  • 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.