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Exploring Plaosan Temple Complex,Yogyakarta

Plaosan Temple is one of the Hindu-Buddha temples located in Bugisan Village, which is east of Yogyakarta City and about 1 kilometer northeast of Prambanan Temple. Plaosan Temple was built in the mid 9th century by Sri Kahulunnan or Pramodhawardhani, the daughter of Samaratungga, a descendant of the Sailendra Dynasty, and who was married to Rakai Pikatan in the Hindu tradition.

Two weeks ago, my friends and I visited and hunted for photos of many temples in Yogyakarta. We got bored while visiting Prambanan Temple, so I asked my friends “Hey, what if we take a look at another temple around here?”

After visiting Prambanan Temple, you should not rush to your hotel, because just nearby is a beautiful Hindu temple, plus other interesting temples. Moving 1 kilometer northwards, you will find Plaosan Temple; a temple constructed by Rakai Pikatan for his wife, Pramudyawardani. The architect of the temple that is from Bugisan Village in Prambanan’s sub-district, which is a combination of Hindu and Buddha.

In this temple complex, you can found many reliefs from the Hindu-Buddha architect.

One of the Hindu reliefs in Plaosan Lor complex
At every gate there is a KALA HEAD, it is a symbol of the guardian.

We can learn about the history of the Hindu-Buddha combination architect here in Plaosan Complex. Have a nice holiday :)

written by dikasapi


  1. luba


    A very interesting article!

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  2. dreadlockboy


    rajin :)

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  3. dikasapi


    thanks to @dreadlockboy as talent on the photo :D

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