Monday, June 29, 2015

From Temples to Temples: Returning to Yogyakarta Part 2

During my first attempt to visit Yogyakarta, my flight was cancelled due to the volcanic eruption of Gunung Merapi, Indonesia's most active volcano situated just in the outskirts of Yogyakarta and Magelang (where Borobudur Temples is located) cities. Luckily, I got another chance to visit Yogyakarta in May of 2012. During that time, I managed to visit both Borobudur and Prambanan Temples. Both were spectacularly amazing and it's architecture and design were just stunning. Both of these temples are intricately carved with the story of Rama and Shinta, popularly known as the main characters of the epic book series of the Mahabharata, which originated from India.

3 years after, I have returned to this stunning, cultural-filled city of Yogyakarta with my family. I toured them around and I also tried to visit other temples which I missed during my first visit namely Ratu Boko and Candi Sewu.

Good morning Mount Merapi. Hello Yogyakarta City.

With my nephew in front of the Borobudur Temples

Carvings at Borobudur Temples.

Borobudur Temples

The only opened stupa reveavling the buddha at the Borobudur Temples.

Look who's that looking at the stupas.

View from the exit.

Candi Prambanan. A Hindu Temple.

Prambanan Temples.

Prambanan Temples.

Prambanan Temples.

Carvings at the Prambanan Temples.

Prambanan Temples.

Candi Sewu, just 500 meters off Prambanan Temples.

View of Prambanan Temples at Abhagiya restaurant on a hill. Close to Ratu Boko.

Facade of Ratu Boko.
Ratu Boko

At Borobudur Temples.

Good bye Mount Merapi. See you again Yogyakarta.

There several flight between Jakarta, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur to Yogyakarta City. Unfortunately, there are no direct flights from Manila. But the long flight (because of stop over) is definitely worth it.


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