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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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  • Part of the Prambanan complex reached by a quiet pleasant 1km walk or a ride on a train cart carrying 30 or so people. We walked and enjoyed the stroll through the site away from the crowds at Pramban...  more »
  • I walked from the Prambanan. Walk a little farther, I could at least watch tourists come the SEWU Temple matter and so it was here.
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  • It is a beautiful temple. But there are certainly still alive places. For this, the place not by tourists is overrun. So don't go!
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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.

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Where to stay in Yogyakarta

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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