Bubrah Temple (Candi Bubrah)
Gain entry to Bubrah Temple alongside other attractions at the main Prambanan site for a substantial fee. The most important temples are: the Prambanan central compound (which includes Candi Shiva Mahadeva, Candi Brahma, and Candi Vishnu); Sewu Temple (Candi Sewu); and Lumbung Temple (Candi Lumbung). As with other Prambanan sites, it’s almost always visited from neighboring Yogyakarta, but can also be reached from Solo (Surakarta).
A guide is thoroughly recommended due to the size and complexity of Prambanan. Not all Prambanan tours will visit Bubrah Temple, however. Tours that take in both Prambanan and Borobudur in a day often just visit the main central compound on the Prambanan site.
Things to Know Before You Go
Bubrah Temple is well worth a visit for history buffs who want to go deeper into the Prambanan site.
Women will feel more comfortable at Prambanan, as in Java generally, wearing clothes that cover legs, shoulders, and upper arms. Jeans and a T-shirt are fine.
While the Prambanan site is flat and generally wheelchair-accessible, the interior of Candi Bubrah is accessed by steps.
How to Get There
Candi Bubrah is located within the large Prambanan archaeological site, about 12 miles (18 kilometers) east of downtown Yogyakarta. It’s about half a mile (1 kilometer) north of the main central compound, between Lumbung Temple and Sewu Temple. Ride the tourist train from the main temple complex, hire a bicycle, or stroll through the shady grounds.
When to Get There
Prambanan Archaeological Park is open from early morning until late afternoon seven days a week. As the No. 2 tourist attraction and school-trip destination on an island with a population larger than Japan’s, the main compound is always busy. Bubrah Temple, however, can be surprisingly quiet, particularly if you avoid visiting on weekends or over the Lebaran (Eid Al-Fitr) holiday.
Over more than 1,000 years, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Prambanan has endured everything from earthquakes to stone theft. The restoration of Candi Bubrah is part of an ongoing process across not only the main Prambanan site but smaller complexes such as Plaosan. One of the most striking features of the Prambanan complex is the piles of disassembled stone surrounding the 154-foot-tall (47-meter-tall) Candi Shiva Mahadeva temple.
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