Yogyakarta : Must-See Temples in Yogyakarta

Yogyakarta is a home of many beautiful temples and historical sites. A week ago, my girlfriends and I took a 5-days trip to Yogyakarta, because i want to see Candi Borobudur. It is one of the largest Buddhist monuments in the world and considered as UNESCO World Heritage site. There are quite a lot of temples with amazing view that you can visit in Yogyakarta but it’s almost impossible to finish it all in one day. So if you have more time, you can try to visit all of them. Here are my top 3 must-visit temples in Yogyakarta:

1. Borobudur Temple

Entrance fee (Local/Foreigner) : Rp 30,000/USD 20

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As one of the greatest Buddhist temple in the world, the sight of Borobudur temple did not disappoint. It has a central dome that is surrounded by 72 stupas, where the Buddha statue seated inside with also reliefs on the temple’s wall. The compound itself is pretty big so to save some time and energy, you can ride a shuttle train for Rp7,500 or rent a bike for Rp10,000. Borobudur gate is open by 6 am but if you want to see the sunrise inside the temple, prepare to pay much higher fee since you’ll go through the back entrance of Manohara hotel. It cost around Rp 270,000 (Local)/Rp 400,000 (Foreigner).

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Another cheaper option is you can go to Punthuk Setumbu, a hill across the temple compound where you can see the fog around Borobudur slowly disappear as the sun rise from Mount Merapi. Make sure to arrive before 5 am since you still have to trek up to the hil around 15-30 minutes from the parking area. You have to pay Rp 15,000 for the entrance fee.

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Photo by Alexander Endi Wirawan

2. Prambanan Temple

Entrance fee (Local/Foreigner) : Rp 30,000/USD 18

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Prambanan temple is the largest Hindu temple compound in Indonesia and has been a UNESCO World Heritage since 1991. It is one of the major archaeological and cultural tourism attractions in Indonesia. The temples has to go reconstruction due to the damage cause by 2006 Yogyakarta earthquake. You can still see the debris of the destroyed temples around the temple’s compound.

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One of the things that makes Prambanan temple visit a real treat is because Prambanan compound also has an open-theater that performed Ramayana ballet dance performance. I highly recommend you to watch this ancient love story of Rama and Shinta as carved inside the temple. You can check the schedule of the show here and the ticket range between Rp 125,000-375,000.

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3. Ratu Boko Temple

Entrance fee (Local/Foreigner) : Rp 25,000/USD 32

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Famous for the amazing view of sunset, Ratu Boko is different than the rest of the temple. It is more of a palace with Mount Merapi as the background. Sadly, during our visit we didn’t got a chance to witness the sunset because of the bad weather.

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There’s a free shuttle that can take you from Prambanan to Ratu Boko or other temples around. You can also purchase a package ticket for both Prambanan and Ratu boko for Rp50,000. If you want to do a day trip around Yogyakarta, it would be best for you to rent a private car. I rented from Yogyakarta Driver and Danar, the owner was very friendly and accomodating. It cost around Rp450,000/day and that already includes the driver, parking fee and gas for the whole day. I’m very happy with the service.

I wish i could come back to Yogyakarta once the rainy season is over to explore some other temples and to get that perfect sunrise photos in Borobudur. Have you been to one of these temples? Which one is your favorite? 🙂

2 Comments

  1. Hello there! i will be visiting Yogja in one week time and while doing some research came across your blog here. Was wondering any requirement for attire to enter these temples? (my first time visiting temples in a foreign country heh that explains :D) Thanks!

    1. Hi Jay, the temples in Jogja were not really strict in terms of attire. But Indonesia is quite conservative in terms of attire, especially in Jogjakarta. so wear something comfortable and nice and polite at the same time 🙂

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