Day 1: Exploring Parambanan Temple
I arrived at Yogyakarta’s Adisucipto International Airport from Jakarta at around 7:00 am, I decided to take the bus to the closest tourist destination from the airport, the Parambanan Temple Compound. From the airport look for the Bus station and take BUS 1A (fare 3,000 IDR) , and ask if it will stop at the Parambanan station. I rode the right bus but it went around the city back to the airport then to Parambanan. I should have waited for the Bus that already went around the city route, but that’s fine I was able to study the bus route and toured the city by riding the bus.
From the Parambanan Stn. you have to walk to the temple entrance, about 5-10 min. and you have to cross a 4 lane highway so be careful. At the entrance you have to pay a fee of 117,000 IDR , before entering you will be asked to wear a batik sarong.
Prambanan Temple Compounds
Built in the 10th century, this is the largest temple compound dedicated to Shiva in Indonesia. Rising above the centre of the last of these concentric squares are three temples decorated with reliefs illustrating the epic of the Ramayana, dedicated to the three great Hindu divinities (Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma) and three temples dedicated to the animals who serve them.( Source: read more ).
You can enter the temples, the stairs are narrow and inside you can find the statues of the Hindu Gods. around the complex there are several smaller temples you can visit and a museum. Some of the temples are being restored and some are in a delicate state.
Just a tip always wear your sunscreen or a hat to protect yourself from the sun and bring water for hydration. Be early to avoid the heat and the tourist crowd. You can visit Prambanan Temple early morning for the sunrise or late in the afternoon to watch the sunset. You can also watch the Ramayana Ballet at Prambanan in the evening, the ticket for the show is different from the temple entrance fee.