Tuesday afternoon, 18th Feb 2020, cloudy and rainy.
We are now heading to Prambanan Temple, which is about 1 hour away from the previous castle. Same as the previous temple we visited, I’m sure there are price difference between local tourists and international tourist. We did buy the combined ticket back in the first temple. So here me and Cyn just walked our way through the non-queuing ticket counter. Yes, the temple wasn’t so busy, probably because we visited during daytime and was not in any holiday. There were few students having a study tour, a group of Korean tourists, two Japanese ladies and us. (๑˃ᴗ˂)ﻭ
Did you know, this temple is the largest Hindu temple of ancient Java, and the first building was completed in the mid-9th century. It was likely started by Rakai Pikatan as the Hindu Sanjaya Dynasty’s answer to the Buddhist Sailendra Dynasty’s Borobudur and Sewu temples nearby. Historians suggest that the construction of Prambanan probably was meant to mark the return of the Hindu Sanjaya Dynasty to power in Central Java after almost a century of Buddhist Sailendra Dynasty domination. ヽ(・ω・)ﾉ
Candi Prambanan ꦕꦤ꧀ꦝꦶꦥꦿꦩ꧀ꦧꦤꦤ꧀
Address: Jl. Raya Solo – Yogyakarta No.16, Kranggan, Bokoharjo, Kec. Prambanan, Kabupaten Sleman, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta
Phone No.: +62 274 496401
Opening time: 6AM to 5PM
Entrance fee: IDR 40,000 (for local tourist, adult!)
Now, this was an intriguing love story behind the famous temple that you should have known before you visited. At least, to appreciate the architecture and the sacredness of the temple;
Long time ago, there lived a beautiful princess named Roro Jonggrang. Her beauty attracted a prince named Bandung Bondowoso. He asked her to marry him but Roro Jonggrang had a condition. To politely turn down the proposal without insulting Bandung Bondowoso, she demanded a thousand temples to be built overnight. To her surprise, the prince said that he would do as she demanded.
Bandung Bondowoso then requested the help of a horde of spirits to build the temples in a single night. When the 999th temple was erected, Roro Jonggrang ordered the villagers to light fires and pound rice using large mortars. The spirits thought that the sun had risen and ran like hell. Enraged by the princess’ trickery, Bandung Bondowoso cursed her, turning the princess into a stone statue to complete the 1,000 temples.
I was so glad we visited to biggest temples in Yogyakarta region; Borobudur and Prambanan.
Now our last itinerary was to visit Abhayagiri Restaurant at Sumberwatu Heritage. Don’t tell anyone but, the first time I found about this restaurant was early last month and right away I decided to oneday have my wedding there. (/▽＼*)｡o○♡
Abhayagiri at SumberWatu Heritage Resort
Address: Heritage Resort, RT.02/RW.01, Sumberwatu, Sambirejo, Kec. Prambanan, Kabupaten Sleman, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta
Phone No.: +62 274 4469266
Opening time: 11AM to 10PM
Why do I fall in love with this place? The backyard of this resort overlooking a magnificent view of Merapi Mountain, one of the famous volcanoes in Indonesia, as well as Prambanan Temple from afar. The first time I saw on the internet I immediately whispered to myself that I want to visit it soon – the second time I saw it with my own eyes I knew I will visit it again. ♡(｡- ω -)
We had about 15 minutes to take pictures around the resort – it wasn’t enough time but the rain was getting heavier. It was already dinner time so we decided to sit down and had our fancy dinner at the restaurant, which wasn’t so bad. I’d like to recommend this place to all my friends who want to visit Yogyakarta. (´｡• ᵕ •｡`) ♡
Our driver took us to a fancy batik shop – which the name I can’t remember – and where I finally found a pretty black-and-white batik parang, it was also had kawung motifs inside. The place wasn’t so famous and wasn’t so cheap – I bought my batik for IDR 315,000 but I was very satisfied with my purchase. I’m sure our driver got something too from the shop owner. If you want to checkout my batik, stay tune for I will wear it tomorrow! ♡ ～(‘▽^人)
After I bought my batik, the driver took us to Bakpia Pathok 25 shop. Bakpia was another local delicacy you can find anywhere in Yogyakarta – but this brand was a highly recommended.
That’s it for day-2. Plenty of pictures for just one day, but I didn’t upload all. I don’t to overwhelm my reader with too many selfies anyway. (≧◡≦) ♡
Tomorrow we will have a long walk, so we asked our driver to alight us back to hotel straight away from the bakpia store. Instead of walking around at Malioboro, me and Cyn would rather to have early rest tonight. See ya! ( ´ ▽ ` ).｡ｏ♡