Plaosan Temple Central Java

Plaosan Temple is located in Bugisan Village, Prambanan, Klaten Regency. It is about 1.5 km to the East of the Sewu TempleThis temple is a historic building complex is divided into 2, particularly, the complex of Plaosan Lor Temple (Lor method North in Javanese) and the Plaosan Kidul Temple complex (Kidul in Javanese approach South). Sculpture in Plaosan Temple could be very soft and designated, just like that determined in Borobudur Temple, Sewu Temple, and Sari Temple. Plaosan Temple, it is located not far from the Prambanan Temple complex. The distance between the Plaosan Temple and Prambanan Temple is about 2 kilometers to the East. Although the location of Plaosan temple near the Prambanan Temple is the largest Hindu temple in Indonesia, the two temples are very different and are not interconnected. Plaosan Temple is a Buddhist temple.
Plaosan Temple
The Grandeur of Plaosan Temple Central Java

History of Plaosan Temple

Plaosan Temple which is that this Buddhist temple through experts probably built in the course of the rule of Rakai Pikatan from the Hindu kingdom of Mataram. Specifically, at the start of the 9th of the professionals who support the opinion, this is De Casparis who hold the substance of the Inscription Cri Kahulunan (842 M). Inside the inscription stated that Candi Plaosan Lor became constructed through Queen Sri Kahulunan, with the aid of her husband. In line with De Casparis, Sri Kahulunan changed into the title of Pramodhawardani, daughter of King Samarattungga of the Wangsa of Syailendra. The Princess, who embraced Buddhism, married to Rakai Pikatan from Wangsa of Sanjaya, who transformed to Hinduism.
The alternative opinion at the improvement of Plaosan Temple is that the temple was built before the rule of Rakai Pikatan. According to Anggraeni goddess, who's the Sri Kahulunan was the mom of Rakai Garung that ruled Mataram before Rakai Pikatan. Because it's far predicted for the duration of the state of Rakai Pikatan is too short to be able to build the Temple of Plaosan Temple. Rakai Pikatan builds ancillary temples after the development of the main temple.

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Candi Plaosan Lor (The North Plaosan Temple)

Candi Plaosan Lor is an extensive complex of enshrinement. In front of Plaosan Lor complex, there are two pairs of a Dvarapala statues face each other, the pair is located at the entrance to the North and a pair at the entry of the South. In the North, there is a square-shaped stone terrace surrounded by a row of the stone base. Allegedly the stone patio is the place to put offerings. It was said above the garden building was made of wood, whereas above each of the base was there a statue of Dhyani Buddha.
In the center of the compound of Plaosan Lor, two buildings have two levels which are the main temple. Both of the buildings facing the West and each is surrounded by a stone fence. Stonewall lining each of the main temples is surrounded by ancillary temples formerly numbered 174 consisting of 58 smaller temples squared square base, and 116 buildings of the stupa.

On the West side of the stone fences that surround each of the main building, there is a gateway of Paduraksa Gate, with a roof that is decorated with a row of small Crown. On the ceiling of the Paduraksa gate has a square shape with Crown across it.
Each of the main temple buildings stands on the foot as high as about 60 cm. Along the outer wall of the second main temple decorated with reliefs depicting men and women who are standing in size resembling a human size. The reliefs on the wall of a temple in the South described the men and on the North of the temple depict women.

Candi Plaosan Kidul (The South Plaosan Temple)

The South Plaosan Temple is located in the South of the Plaosan Lor Temple, separated by a highway. 

When in the complex Palosan Lor Temple both main temples are still standing with a magnificent, unfortunately in the South Plaosan Temple complex whose main temple is already a ruin. The Temple still standing are just a few ancillary temples.

Things to do in Plaosan Temple

Ethnic Tourism: observing the expression of the culture and lifestyle of the community, pay a visit to the home of the local population, see local traditional art, ceremonial or religious rituals.
Environmental Tourism: emphasis on attractions that are prepared by nature, Getting Back to Nature such as photography, tracking and so on.

Historical Tourism is the tourism activities visit places which have the value of the uniqueness of the history. In this case, the Plaosan Temple is included in it. Given the potential and historical value owned by Plaosan Temple.
Recreational Tourism: tourist activities that aim to relax such as Sightseeing, bicycling, etc.

How to get Plaosan Temple

Public Transport

From Jogjakarta, please ride Trans Jogja bus or buses heading for Yogyakarta-Solo and get off at Prambanan Temple. From Prambanan Temple, you can ride Ojek taxi (Popular motorbike escorted in Indonesia) leading to Plaosan Temple.

Private Vehicle

From Jogjakarta, you can follow the road Solo to get to the Sub-District of Prambanan in Central Java. When you find the third traffic light (the left side of the post office and if South to Prambanan Station) turn left heading towards Manisrenggo (Klaten). Then just follow the road until you see the intersection where the ancient Relics Preservation Office in Central Java is on the left side of the road or West. Please check out toward the East or right because that's where the Plaosan Temple is located.

Plaosan Temple Entrance Fee

The ticket price for visitors to Plaosan Temple for both domestic as well as foreign tourists is Rp 5.000 ($1)/person. And you will be asked to fill out a guest book when entering the area of Plaosan Temple.

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