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Prambanan, Yogyakarta



We visited Yogyakarta (also known as Jogja), Indonesia this December during my school holidays and we absolutely loved it! Since it was a very short trip, we could only cover the major attractions like Prambanan, Borobudur and Malioboro Market.

Lavish lawns and age-old temples flank the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Prambanan, in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. With the main temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu, as well as their transport animals, it is Indonesia’s largest Hindu temple. However, mot of the smaller shrines surrounding the main temples remain rather demolished due to the earthquake which took its toll in 2006. Nevertheless, the main temples stand tall and remain a testament to the age-old prevalence of Hinduism throughout history.

Read along to see pictures from our visit to Prambanan!

The featured image was taken from atop a tree-house viewing area that gave a clear view of the Prambanan Complex along with tree-branches framing the shot.

 

*all of the following pictures are unedited and are in their raw state

Pictures of the main temple complex

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Intricate carvings cover every inch of the stone facade and exhibit a plethora of scenes ranging from daily life to that of Hindu mythological epics like the Ramayana and Mahabharata.

It was mesmerising to see the skill with which the stone has been carved – evident in the clearly visible facial features and 3D- depth-effect. The differences in stone colour in the picture above owe to restoration efforts that have tried to retain the original beauty of the place.

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Pictured above, is my mom posing at one of the 4 entrances to one of the 3 main temples. Gotta love that beautiful natural lighting partially highlighting her face and giving the doorway a glowing outline. Well worth blocking the people and spending 5 mins getting this shot just right!



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