Prambanan Temple Yogyakarta 2019 – A Must See on Java Island Indonesia (in 4k)

Good morning and welcome to Prambanan
Yogyakarta Indonesia Wow welcome to Prambanan temple now this
is one of the highlights of any trip that you’re gonna take to Jogja
isn’t it beautiful I’ve got a beautiful clear day as well which is getting a bit
toasty hot but it’s lovely to show you some nice photos of this beautiful place
it is also quite busy just managed to find a quiet corner in one of the side
temples there is so much to see here built in the 9th century it has seen a
lot of history it’s been destroyed by earthquakes pillaged by the Dutch
forgotten for years too rediscovered by the British pillaged again and lately
has been restored a lot of it has been restored I think that something like 2,400
various temples here of which only 20 to 30 have been restored to their
original grandeur. In the main complex of Prambanan there’s three big temple
setups which we’re going to explore today this is the main one the big one
in the center and there’s two others that we’re going to take a walk around
and see let me show you this little section here while I tell you a bit
about the history Okay we have arrived at prambanan here’s
the entrance loket is ticket and there’s domestic so let me just show you
here go through here so if you’re local, an Indonesian,
you go that way, foreigner that way let’s go this way since I am a visitor foreigner. Good morning how are you? thank you I
want the ticket for Prambanan and for Roko? – Ratu Boko?
– yes – Ratu Boko not here, it’s loket number 8. – ticket number eight – yes it’s loket number 8
– okay thank you very much – Hello good morning
– good morning how are
you – I’d like a ticket for Prambanan and Ratu Boko – Okay, here’s the price for Ratu Boko and Prambanan When you go to Ratu Boko you can use certain bus on your card When you go to Ratu Boko you buy certain bus When you arrive as you approach on the
right-hand side yeah hand side as you walk up is the place for Indonesians and
locals to get their tickets on the left hand side is where foreigners buy their
tickets there is one exception to that if you want to do what I did and
actually buy a ticket that goes to this complex and the Ratu Boko complex
you have to go to window 8 on the right-hand Indonesian side and buy your
ticket there oh and you pay in rupiah not in dollars, even though my ticket is
priced in US dollars you pay in rupiah okay good news we’ve now got our tickets
we’ve managed to go in we’ve got our free drink we can now actually have a
look around and we can show you Prambanan Now now prambanan is a Hindu temple
complex just 17 kilometers away from Jogjakarta and consists of 240 temples
it’s laid out in three let’s call them zones the outer zone where there’s very
little remaining of any original structures probably acted as a park much
like it does today surrounding the main temples where the sort of general public
could gather and worship then there was a wall which unfortunately doesn’t exist
anymore with four gates which led into the next area which contains 224 small
temples called pervaras, I think I said that right, most are just unfortunately these days just a pile of rubble but slowly
restoration is taking place stone by stone to restore as many of these mini
temples it is thought that this area was for people of some sort of importance or
standing in either religious or social community and they were allowed to enter
this area and worship amongst these smaller temples. Then we come to the
center of the complex which is the holiest of the three zones where there
are eight shrines or candi. The three main shrines are dedicated to the three
gods Brahma the creator, Vishnu the keeper, and Shiva the destroyer .The Shiva
temple is the largest structure of prambanan and it stands 47 meters tall
and 34 meters across the base. The three shrines that stand in front of the three
main temples are dedicated to the vehicles of each respective god. The bull
or Nandi for Shiva the sacred swan Hamsa for Brahma and Vishnu’s kite Garuda.
Garuda which is the national symbol of Indonesia. The complex was built up over
many years by the various rulers of the Mataram dynasty but sometime in the
tenth century possibly due to a large eruption of the nearby Mount Merapi
volcano the whole area was abandoned as the royal court moved to East Java and
the temple complex was abandoned and left to deteriorate. Although the temple
itself was no longer a center of worship the statues and ruins inspired many
stories amongst the locals and folktales through the next centuries in the 16th
century a major earthquake rocked the area causing the final collapse of the
remaining temples and Prambanan faded into history until 1811 when a surveyor
sent out by Sir Thomas Raffles, remember the British ruler from Bogor Gardens?
This surveyor sent out by him stumbled across the prambanan ruins by
accident while he was in fact searching for borobudur or the other ruins that we
are also going to visit. And while the British started some restoration of
prambanan their short-lived tenure in the country meant that any restoration
then passed back to the Dutch unfortunately they mainly looted the
site carrying off most of the sculptures while much of the stone was used for
construction in the rapidly growing colony. It was only in about 1930 that
proper restoration of the site began and it is still continuing to this day the
main shrines were restored in the 50s – one the ones in the center but with
so much stonework having been removed from the site it was decided to rebuild the
further temples only if 75% of the original stone work was there so when
you go around you’ll see the stones have been marked and put in their
respective places and they’re slowly restoring one at a time as they can and
leaving the others there, sometimes just a foundation so you can see where
they were so now we can admire this temple complex today and appreciate the
beauty of the inner inner shrines and the rest we can only leave to our
imagination to imagine what it would looked like in its glory days.

12 thoughts on “Prambanan Temple Yogyakarta 2019 – A Must See on Java Island Indonesia (in 4k)

  1. I love the way you took the picture, the angle and the detail is very professional. Not forget to mention the accuracy of information that is very useful even for the local who never visit the place!

  2. You do a good research, you are telling about the history but it is easily for people to understand, and your video quality is really great, hope you get more recognition

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