Prambanan. Indonesia’s spectacular Hindu temple complex.

Candi Prambanan, also known as Loro Jonggrang/Rara Jonggrang, is a 9th century Hindu temple complex dedicated to the Trimurti near Yogyakarta, the cultural capital of Java, Indonesia. Trimurti, a Sanskrit word meaning three forms, conveys the concept of creation, maintenance and destruction personified by the Hindu trinity of Brahma the creator, Vishnu the preserver and Shiva the destroyer.

Candi Prambanan, a UNESCO World Heritage site is the largest Hindu temple compound in Indonesia and part of the Prambanan Temple compounds.

The Prambanan Temple compounds are composed of the Prambanan Temple, Sewu Temple, Bubrah Temple and Lumbung Temple. The Prambanan Temple itself originally consisted of 240 temples, including 3 main temples each dedicated to Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva and 3 temples dedicated to the animals that served the them, Nandi, Garuda and Hamsa.

Candi Prambanan

The Shiva Temple is the largest and tallest structure in the complex with the temple dedicated to Vishnu standing to the north and the Brahma Temple to the south. Moreover, the Shiva Temple is also the largest dedicated to Shiva made in Indonesia.

The Prambanan temple complex is easily accessible from Yogyakarta, where I based myself for a few days to visit the magnificent Borobudur [read here] and explore the culturally diverse city of Yogyakarta.

The temples are built like most Hindu temples, and the complex is particularly grandiose against a setting sun.

Candi Prambanan

Narrative bas-reliefs adorn the temple walls

The Brahma Temple entrance

The central compound is the holist and comprises of 8 main shrines or Candi

The Shiva Temple

The Shiva Temple

The Brahma Temple (Candi) dedication


Candi dedicated to Nandi


The Shiv Temple

The Shiva Temple was quite magnificent


NOTE: My 5 day Java itinerary with 1 night in Cemoro Lawang and 3 in Yogyakarta
Singapore → Surabaya → Cemoro Lawang [Mount Bromo] → Probolinggo → Yogyakarta [Borobudur + Prambanan] → Singapore
Day #1: Surabaya + Cemoro Lawang
Day #2: Mount Bromo + Probolinggo | overnight bus from Probolinggo to Yogyakarta
Day #3: Yogyakarta City
Day #4: Yogyakarta City + Prambanan Temple complex
Day #5: Borodubur + the Ramayan ballet at the Prambanan Temples
Day #6: Morning flight out of Yogyakarta back to Singapore
{Local buses used throughout with the exception of the journey from Surabaya Airport to Cemoro Lawang}


13 thoughts on “Prambanan. Indonesia’s spectacular Hindu temple complex.

  1. Would love to see that site!!! A well-traveled Hindu friend visited it recently and said it should be on our next list. It is quite interesting to see how Hinduism spread to other countries in the past.

    • Agree, very interesting especially with regard to Hinduism and Indonesia. I am yet to put up photographs on the Ramayana ballet I attended in Java (will soon)! You must visit… You won’t be disappointed!

      • I am not sure everyone knows that Angkor temples were built by Hindu kings.. It truly is very interesting those old kingdoms and how they spread across the sea.

        Waiting for the ballet 🙂 (never heard of it!)

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