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Posted by on Feb 10, 2012 in Asia, Explore, Indonesia

Winner of Coolest Temples: Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Winner of Coolest Temples: Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Within 50km of Yogyakarta (pronounced Jogjakarta), Java, Indonesian are two of the most spectacular temples I have ever encountered. 

The two winning temples are: Borobudur & Prambanan


Borobudor is a 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist monument. It has 6 tiers and 504 Buddha statues. It is both a shrine to the Lord Buddha and a place for Buddhist pilgrimage. It is located 40KM NW of Yogyakarta.

I was couchsurfing in Yogyakarta, and my host Ardian, was kind enough to drive me to the temple so I could see it at sunrise. It is a fair distance, but about 2KM outside of the entrance, Ardian’s motorbike blew a tire. All that energy put into a 3am rise and half hour long ride, only to miss the sunrise! But alas – We flagged down a car who was willing to take me to the temple while Ardian fixed his tire. What I didn’t realize, or more so, did not want to think about and admit to myself, was the fact that I would have to CLIMB to the top of the temple to see sunrise. So I lugged myself up the hill, half asleep, to watch, what to this day, was one of the most beautiful sunrises I’ve ever seen.


  • IDR 135,000 ($15 CAD) for adult non-Indonesians.
  • IDR 72,000 ($8 CAD) for non-Indonesian registered students (ISIC required).



Prambanan is a 9th century Hindu temple dedicated to Gods three identities: The Creator, The Sustainer, and The Destroyer. It is the largest Hindu temple in Indonesia. It is located 18KM E of Yogyakarta.

Since Prambanan is closer to the city, it is very easily to catch a bus to the temple. I went by myself for the day. Yes – I spent the entire day inside the temple. I met 6 different groups of people who befriended me temporarily and wanted to take lots of photos with me. I accepted this exchange as long as I could take photos of them too.



  • IDR 120,000 ($13 CAD) for adult non-Indonesians.
  • IDR 65,000 ($7 CAD) for non-Indonesian registered students (ISIC required).



Both of these temples are stunning. The design AND the craftsmanship are incredible.

Do you agree that these two temples are some of the coolest temples?