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Plaosan Temple: the twin temple as the Symbol of Love

Travelers, don’t hurry home after visiting Prambanan temple because nearby is Plaosan temple with its remarkable construction. The detail pattern of the decoration will astonish you and will remind you about how amazing were those who built it. Thus, you should not miss to visit the temple.

About

Plaosan temple is actually a temple compound. The Buddhist temple is divided into two parts, Plaosan Lor (lor: north) and Plaosan Kidul (kidul: south). It is estimated to be built in the beginning of the 9th century during Rakai Pikatan reign. This argument is supported by Cri Kahulunan inscription dated 842 AD which stated that Plaosan Lor was built by Queen Sri Kahulunan with the support from her husband. It was estimated that Queen Sri Kahulunan is Pramodhawardhani, the daughter King Samaratungga from Syailendra dynasty. She married to Rakai Pikatan from Sanjaya dynasty. Pramodhawardhani was a Buddhist while Rakai Pikatan was a Hindu. The temple was known as the symbol of their amalgamation.

Location

Plaosan temple is situated in Bugisan hamlet, Prambanan village, Klaten sub district, Central Java. It is about 20 Km eastward Yogyakarta or 1.5 Km from Sewu temple.

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What to See & Do

The Plaosan compound occupies 2,000 square meters land and located 148 meters above sea level. Visiting the temple compound, you will be able to enjoy the view of the rice fields in the surrounding temple. Plaosan consists of two main temples surrounded by stone walls. Each stone wall was surrounded by 174 in total of ancillary temples. Almost all of the ancillary temples are all ruins. In the west part of the surrounding wall is a stone gate with crown ornaments on top of it.

The main temples are placed above 60 cm platforms. It is ornamented with decorations which beautifully carved in detail. The stairs to the temple has dragon head ornaments on its banister.  Another unique decoration is the Kala head placed above the entrance. Different from the Kala decoration in Barong temple, the Kala in Plaosan does not have a lower jaw. The outside walls of the two temples are adorned with nearly-human sized reliefs. The relief in the southern wall depicted male figure while the relief in the northern wall depicted female figure.

Entering the temple, it is divided into six chambers. In the central chamber are three Buddha statues sitting side by side in a platform. It is shameful to know that the Buddha statue placed in the middle is gone. On the left and right walls are niches which used as place for the lantern. The niches are sided by relief of Kuwera and Hariti.

The similar design can be found in Plaosan Kidul which houses the Boddhisatva relief or popular as the Mother of all Buddha. Surrounding the temple are rice fields. It becomes corn and cassava fields during the dry season.

Admission Fee & Visitors Info

  • To enter the temple is currently free of charge. However, visitors are expected to give some donation which later will be used for the temple’s maintenance.
  • Aside from the free entrance ticket, visitors are required to pay the parking fee.

How to Get There

  • By public transport: Take bus from Janti that route to Yogya-Solo. Stop at the first traffic light after Prambanan temple or around Km 18/19. Continue by taking ojek (motorcycle cab) to get to the temple.
  • By private vehicles: Driving from Yogyakarta, head eastward to the route of Prambanan temple. Take a left turn at the first traffic light intersection after Prambanan temple (see the post office on the left side). Arriving at another intersection with traffic light, make a left turn (north) and head to Manisrenggo. Keep going straight until you find the temple on the right side of the road.

Nearest Places:  Prambanan temple, Sambisari temple, Kalasan temple

Related Hotels: The Jayakarta Yogyakarta Hotel & Spa, University Hotel Sunan Kalijaga, LPP Garden Hotel

 

 

 

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