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Yogyakarta Temple Guide

Yogyakarta Temple Guide

As the gateway to some of Indonesia’s most revered Hindu and Buddhist sites, Yogyakarta is the cultural and spiritual heart of Java, and the surrounding countryside is dotted with magnificent temple complexes. Here are a few that you won’t want to miss.

Borobudur Temple

A UNESCO World Heritage site and the largest Buddhist temple on earth, Borobudur tops to-do lists for first-time visitors to Yogyakarta. Take a walking tour of the vast temple complex and marvel at the towering stone stupas, decorated with more than 2,500 relief panels and 500 statues of Buddha, or opt for a Borobudur sunset tour for memorable views. 

Prambanan Temple

Though smaller than Borobudur, the Hindu temples of Prambanan are just as impressive. Built by the Mataram Kingdom in Central Java in the 9th century, the complex includes shrines, statues, and temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and other gods. It’s possible to visit both Prambanan and Borobudur on a day tour from Yogyakarta; combine it with a Yogyakarta city tour or a stop at Merapi Volcano. 

Pawon and Mendut Temples

Located just east of Borobudur, the Buddhist temples of Pawon and Mendut are often included on a day tour from Yogyakarta. Built during the Sailendra dynasty, the Pawon temple is the older of the two, and it’s known for its beautiful Kalpataru (the Tree of Life) reliefs. The Mendut Temple, meanwhile, contains a remarkably preserved statue of Dhyani Buddha.

Sukuh and Cetho Temples

Two of Central Java’s lesser-known temples are the Hindu temples of Sukuh and Cetho, located in the foothills of the Mount Lawu volcano. You an explore both on a day trip from Yogyakarta—it’s a scenic journey through rice fields and lush countryside. The temples are known for their unique architectural style and terraces, and share similarities to Mayan temples in Mexico. 

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Sunrise and Temples Tour from Yogyakarta

Sunrise and Temples Tour from Yogyakarta

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Lose yourself in the sacred atmosphere of Borobudur on a full-day sunrise tour of the UNESCO-listed landmark from Yogyakarta. After emerging early, you’ll travel to the world’s biggest Buddhist monument to watch the sun rise majestically over the bells and statues of the complex. Then, you’ll stop at the Pawon temple and gain insight into Javanese culture on a visit to a local home. Ascend the slope of the Merapi volcano in a jeep, revitalize with lunch and conclude your tour with drop-off at your Yogyakarta hotel.
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  • 9 to 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$50.00
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$50.00
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Yogyakarta Cultural Tour: Borobudur Temple, Prambanan Temple and Merapi Volcano

Yogyakarta Cultural Tour: Borobudur Temple, Prambanan Temple and Merapi Volcano

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Yogyakarta is unanimously hailed as the cultural heart of Indonesia. This private tour, ideal for travelers with limited time in Java, gives you the chance to tick off three Yogyakarta highlights in only one day. Visit Borobudur, the largest Buddhist monument in the world; drive to the base of fiery Mt. Merapi in a 4x4; and discover Prambanan, home to a collection of spectacular Hindu temples. Round-trip transport from your Yogyakarta hotel is included.    
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  • 10 to 12 hours
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$201.00
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$201.00
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The Hindu Realms of the Prambanan

The Hindu Realms of the Prambanan

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On this private half-day tour, visit Prambanan Temple (aka Loro Jonggrang), part of the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Prambanan Temple Compounds. Erected around the 9th century when Java was ruled by the Hindu Sanjaya Dynasty, the complex consists of three major temples dedicated to the deities Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu. Walk around neighboring shrines, such as Palosan and Sewu, as your own personal guide points out the ‘Ramayana’ epic carved into the walls. Includes pickup and drop-off from Yogyakarta hotels.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$103.85
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$103.85
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Private Borobudur Sunrise Tour from Yogyakarta

Private Borobudur Sunrise Tour from Yogyakarta

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Witness the stunning sunrise over Borobudur, the largest Buddhist monument in the world. Constructed in the 8th and 9th centuries and abandoned around the 14th century, Borobudur was largely forgotten until it was rediscovered in 1814. The UNESCO-protected Borobudur Temple Compound is situated in central Java, an approximate 45-minute drive from Yogyakarta. Get an early start and beat the crowds with a pre-dawn departure on this 6-hour private tour with your own personal guide.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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$120.52
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$120.52
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Private Tour:Prambanan Temple and Yogyakarta Palace along with Water Castle

Private Tour:Prambanan Temple and Yogyakarta Palace along with Water Castle

Enjoy to Explore Yogyakarta private tour to visit to Yogyakarta Palace at first.Yogyakarta palace has a more than 200 years history. next ,we will take you to visit the Water Castle. There is a small window on top of the building, it was mentioned the prince used to look out the window and chose which princess to accompany him that night. You will also visit Prambanan Temple and enjoy the beautiful sunset before you go back.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
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$159.00
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$159.00

Private Tour of Progo River Rafting and Borobudur Temple Complex

Private Tour of Progo River Rafting and Borobudur Temple Complex

Go river rafting on the Progo River and visit the World Heritage–listed Borobudur Temple on this full-day private tour from Yogyakarta. Your 2.5-hour rafting trip over challenging grade III rapids boasts prime views of five waterfalls, a historical bridge and the Menoreh Mountains. After a Javanese restaurant lunch, continue your full-day tour with a visit to the stunning Borobudur Temple Compounds.
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  • 9 hours
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$152.60
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2-Day Java Tour from Bali Including Yogyakarta and Borobudur Temple

2-Day Java Tour from Bali Including Yogyakarta and Borobudur Temple

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Immerse yourself in the rich cultural tapestry of Java on an enriching 2-day tour from Bali. Accompanied by an expert guide, absorb the sacred majesty of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Borobudur Temple and Candi Prambanan; embrace the vibrant bustle of Yogyakarta; and explore the Sultan's Palace, home to the royal family of Java. Enjoy comfortable overnight accommodation and opt to include round-trip airfare from Bali for a convenient experience.
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  • 2 days
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$310.26
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$310.26
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Borobudur Sunrise and Village Tour

Borobudur Sunrise and Village Tour

Experience the enchantment of Borobudur at sunrise on a full-day tour of the world’s largest Buddhist monument from Yogyakarta. Emerge early and head to the UNESCO-listed landmark to see the sun rise over the ancient bells and Buddhist statues of Borobudur. From your guide, you’ll learn about the history of the landmark before cycling through local villages, and past verdant rice paddies and impressive temples on a bike tour. Lunch and round-trip transport from your Yogyakarta hotel is included in the price.
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  • 10 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$144.22
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$144.22
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Yogyakarta’s Prambanan From A Saddle

Yogyakarta’s Prambanan From A Saddle

More than just a temple, Yogyakarta's Prambanan demands sustainable respect. Surrounded by verdant sceneries of impeccable quality, hop on a bike and follow your cycling guide is our recommendation. A blend of authenticity with a bit of fun pedal action. • See the Prambanan in its full UNESCO glory by bike • Meet the local communities in the heart of Java • Use of well-maintained bicycles is guaranteed • A recreational cycling trip along local Yogyakarta life • Enjoy the view on top of the Boko Mountain temple
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  • 5 hours
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$129.50
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$129.50
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