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Sukuh Temple (Candi Sukuh) Tours

Sukuh Temple (Candi Sukuh)
Known as the “erotic temple,” 15th-century Candi Sukuh stands on the slopes of Mt. Lawu, its entrance marked by a large lingam (phallus) and yoni (vulva). The pyramid structure of the temple, not to mention the erotic carvings, make this very different from other Javan temples, and some think it harks back to pre-Hindu, animist beliefs.

The Basics
There is a small charge to enter Candi Sukuh and admire its beautiful scenery and diverse statuary, not all of which is erotic. Candi Sukuh tours typically depart from either Solo (Surakarta), which is closer, or Yogyakarta, which is a much more popular base for visitors. Due to the temple’s geographic isolation, it’s unusual to visit independently; most travelers arrive on a tour, perhaps combined with nearby Candi Cetho and Candi Kethek or, if traveling from Yogyakarta, Solo itself.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Candi Sukuh is a must for fans of erotic art and lovers of temples in general.
  • Sarongs are required to visit Candi Sukuh. You can rent one for a small donation at the entrance.
  • The multilevel site is not wheelchair-accessible.
  • Candi Sukuh is around 2,990 feet (910 meters) above sea level. It can get both cool and very rainy from time to time, so bring a raincoat.

How to Get There
Candi Sukuh stands in the foothills of Mt. Lawu (Gunung Lawu), around 25 miles (40 kilometers) east of Solo (Surakarta) and 65 miles (105 kilometers) northeast of Yogyakarta. Getting here by public transport is fiddly and involves a long uphill walk. Almost all visitors prefer the comfort of a tour to negotiating vehicle rental and navigating Central Java’s choked highways.

When to Get There
Candi Sukuh is open from early in the morning to late afternoon seven days a week and, due to its relative isolation, is rarely busy, making the small site a refreshing change from more popular Java temples. Visiting early, when the mist rises from the rice fields, can be particularly attractive and make for timeless photographs.

Rituals at Candi Sukuh

Although many of the more erotic statues have been vandalized, and at least one lingam removed to a museum, Candi Sukuh still preserves some of the erotic carvings that have given it the sobriquet “porn temple.” The phallus at the entrance was traditionally used to test whether a wife had cheated or a fiancée was still a virgin: If her sarong fell off when she jumped across the lingam, she was no true lady.
Address: Java, Indonesia
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Solo Palace Tour with Sukuh and Ceto Temple from Yogyakarta

Solo Palace Tour with Sukuh and Ceto Temple from Yogyakarta

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It's time to discovery the perfect historical culture! If you already knew the history of Yogyakarta through its historical places, why don’t you go to Solo City and find out more about the untold history? Solo has been known as the city that will give you a better understanding of the local’s life, culture, and history. You will have a chance to explore the royal palaces and sacred temples in Solo. Start from Mangkunegaran, Kasunanan, Ceto Temple, and Sukuh Temple, your adventure to reveal the untold history begins. Firstly, you will visiting Mangkunegaran Palace, after that let’s move to the highland area where the sacred temples nestled. The first temple is Sukuh Temple. This temple is quite popular with its distinctive reliefs and sculptures that depict sexual and early life before birth. The next is Ceto Temple. Unlike the previous temple, Ceto will make you feel like entering another realm.
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  • 12 hours
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$55.00
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Cetho Temple, Sukuh Temple and Solo Waterfalls Day Tour from Yogyakarta

Cetho Temple, Sukuh Temple and Solo Waterfalls Day Tour from Yogyakarta

Come and Discover the Beauty Behind the Holy Temples & Exotic Waterfalls! The perfect tour for those who seek the serenity amidst the bustling Yogyakarta is here. You will be brought to the two sacred temples and two exotic waterfalls located in mountainous land. If you want to know more about temples in Central Java, Prambanan and Borobudur Temples are not enough to satisfy your curiosity. Come to Ceto Temple and Sukuh Temple, and you may find your inner peace there. The two exotic waterfalls are also hypnotizing. As long as you don’t forget your extra clothes, you can get into the water then feel the cold fresh water!
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  • 12 hours
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$45.00
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Solo City with Interesting Sukuh & Cetho Temples Tour from Yogyakarta

Solo City with Interesting Sukuh & Cetho Temples Tour from Yogyakarta

Experience Javanese history and culture on this guided adventure. After a convenient hotel pickup, travel with an English-speaking driver to Yogyakarta’s sister city, Solo, and explore the 18th century royal residence, Mangkunegaran Palace. Marvel at impressive views of Mount Lawu’s 10,712-foot (2,550-meter) summit on your way to Sukuh temple, a 15th century Hindu site known for erotic reliefs and statues.
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  • 11 to 12 hours
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Sukuh Erotic Temple and Plantation Education Tours

Sukuh Erotic Temple and Plantation Education Tours

Sukuh Temple is decorated with wayang stone carvings of Hindu origin, the only erotic temple in Java. Sukuh temple has a distinctive thematic reliefs from other candi where life before birth and sexual education are its main theme
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  • 10 to 12 hours
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Exotic Sukuh and Cetho Temples in One Day Tour

Exotic Sukuh and Cetho Temples in One Day Tour

Sukuh and Cetho temples Tour, you can visit the mysterious hindu temples dates 13th century but have older architecture, locates on beautiful country side of Mount Lawu
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Best of Surakarta Country site tour

Best of Surakarta Country site tour

Whitin 6 hours tour, I will take you to the best country side near by Solo city. all the destination are located at the western slope of mount at 1000 meters above sea level and more, which is located about 1 hours drive to the east of Solo, pasing green country road. visting the erotic temple sukuh, drink tea and have a local snack at Kemuning tea plantation, or showering at natural waterfall are things you shouldn't miss
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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Full-Day Private Tour of Sukuh and Sangiran with Guide

Full-Day Private Tour of Sukuh and Sangiran with Guide

A tour to Sukuh ’’ the erotic ’’ temple on the slope of Mt Lawu, which has distinctive thematic reliefs from other candi where life before birth and sexual education are its main theme. Then move to Mangkunegaran Palace, is an authentic proof of the history and culture of Solo. Return to Yogjakarta with a stop at Sangiran, visit the museum where you can see the fossils of flora, fauna and human beings.
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  • 12 to 13 hours
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Solo Vintage Tour with Sukuh and Cetho Temple from Yogyakarta

Solo Vintage Tour with Sukuh and Cetho Temple from Yogyakarta

Go back in time and feel the mystical adventure on a Solo City tour! Solo or Surakarta is also seen as the cultural city of Java. So, while you are staying in Jogja, it’s worth to have a short visit to its neighboring city with similar ancient vibes. A tour around Solo is no less exciting than your Yogyakarta City tour. This package has included transfer service to your hotel in Yogyakarta. So, hop into your comfy car and get ready for your exploration to catch the antique vibe of Surakarta Hadiningrat. This vintage tour takes you around Solo to witness the classic looks of this cultural city. While you are enjoying this tour, don’t forget to bring along your fully-charged camera to capture the moments and snap lots of dope photos of the antiques. Not only visiting Radya Pustaka Museum, Mangkunegaran Palace, Kasunanan Palace, and Triwindu Antique Market in Surakarta. But also, to get the fullest experience, have a visit to the neighboring area of Karanganyar Regency.
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  • 12 hours
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$55.00
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