Yogyakarta (Jogja) backpacker's guide

PLAOSAN TEMPLE/TWIN TEMPLE/LOVE TEMPLE (Candi Plaosan)

PLAOSAN TEMPLE

– All Details to Know About Plaosan Twin Temple –

WHY BACKPACKER SHOULD VISIT PLAOSAN TEMPLE?

EXOTIC & UNIQUE TEMPLE
You visit EXOTIC temple, Plaosan temple located in the middle of rice field.
The architecture combined of hindus style and buddhist style.

CHEAP
The entrance fee is very cheap.
Only IDR 3K per person.

LOVE TEMPLE
This temple is a symbol unification of love.
No matter what is your religion.

NEAR PRAMBANAN TEMPLE
The location is close to Prambanan temple.
You can combine to visit these temple.

PLAOSAN TWIN TEMPLE

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WHAT IS PLAOSAN?

DESCRIPTION:

Plaosan Temple or local people called it ‘candi Plaosan’ is located in Bugisan Village, Prambanan Sub-district, Klaten regency , 2 kilometers to the northeast of Prambanan temple. It built around the same time as the Prambanan temple. The dates of the inscriptions are between 825-850 AD. The temple as a gift of sanctuary by hindus King, Rakai Pikatan to budhist queen, Pramodhawardhani (Sri Kahulunan).

The temple is an ancient building consist of two building, Plaosan North temple and Plaosan South temple. It looks so similar and namely as twin temple. The architecture has some uniqueness compared to other temples. It combine both Hindu and Buddhist religious symbols and carvings. It’s reflecting of respect and love of the couple, hindus King Rakai Pikatan and budhist Queen Pramodhawardhani (Sri Kahulunan). It’s a symbol of love, that’s why some people called it as Love Temple.

PLAOSAN SUNRISE

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WHAT IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT?

BEST TIME
The best time/moment is on sunrise or sunset

OPENING HOURS:
7.00 AM – 4.00 PM

WHERE IS PLAOSAN TEMPLE LOCATED?

LOCATION:
PLAOSAN temple.

DETAIL LOCATION:
Village (Desa): Bugisan
Sub-district (Kecamatan): Prambanan
Regency (Kabupaten): Klaten
Province (Provinsi): Central Java (Jawa Tengah)

MAP OF PLAOSAN TEMPLE:

HOW TO GET TO PLAOSAN TEMPLE?

PUBLIC TRANSPORT:
There is a cheap public transport to get there. Trans Jogja Bus. Ticket only IDR 3,600. First, you must go to halte bus/bus stop of Trans Jogja. Then, you must reach to Airport halte (halte bandara), and then change bus to Prambanan halte. It’s free if you change the bus to Prambanan. Ask to the operator if you still confused. Operator will glad to give information. 🙂

From Adi Sutjipto Airport :
please take Route 1A – Stop in Prambanan Shelter
then please take walk to the temple
From Tugu Railway Station :
please take Route 1A – Stop in Prambanan Shelter
then please take walk to the temple
From Giwangan Bus Station :
please take Route 3A – Stop in Airport(bandara) Shelter,
then please take Route 1A – Stop in Prambanan Shelter
then please take walk to the temple
From Jombor Bus Station :
please take Route 2B – Stop in Condongcatur Shelter,
then please take Route 3B – Stop in Airport Shelter,
then please take Route 1A – Stop in Prambanan Shelter
then please take walk to the temple

*) Trans Jogja operates from 5:30 am until 9:30 pm.

A BODHI TREE GRIPPING A TEMPLE

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*) I love this spot. It’s a big tree that root gripping the ruins of the temple.

HOW MUCH IS PLAOSAN TEMPLE ENTRANCE FEE?

ENTRANCE FEE:
IDR 3K.

*) On August almost in every year is free entry due to Independence Day celebration.

PARKING FEE:
Scooter : IDR 2K.
Car: IDR 5K.

TRAVELERS CATCHING THE SUNRISE AROUND THE TOBACCO PLANTATION

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*) In the north side of Plaosan temple you will found a building with many Buddha statue with different meditation position. But, many of them are broken condition.

OTHER INFORMATION

MOBILE PHONE SIGNAL:
Strong signal for your smartphone.

CAFE/RESTAURANT:
There are so many local/simple/traditional cafe.

*) For foreigner i recommend: Don’t drink with ice cube in any restaurant or street food in Indonesia, because indonesian ice cube made from not boiled water. It contain bacteria (E. Coli) that can makes stomach problem or diarrhea. Indonesian intestine become immune (adapted) to this bacteria, but not for foreigner (american and european especially).

RESTROOM/TOILET:
There are some restroom and toilet.

*) Better you bring your own tissue

WATCH PLAOSAN TEMPLE FROM THE VIDEO:

SOME  ATTRACTIONS NEAR PLAOSAN TEMPLE:

You can combine to visit these places when you visiting Plaosan temple:

1. Ratu Boko temple + sunset.
2. Prambanan temple.
3. Abhayagiri restaurant + sunset view.
4. Sojiwan temple.
5. Bebek Bacem restaurant (fried sweetened duck).
6. Ijo temple.
7. Ramayana ballet performance (in the specific day only).

10 DESTINATION THAT MOST VISITED BY INTERNATIONAL TRAVELER IN YOGYAKARTA AND AROUND:

Find other gems in Jogja and around that you never knew existed. Here they are:

1. Borobudur temple
2. Prambanan temple
3. Jomblang cave
4. Ramayana ballet
5. Merapi volcano (Hiking)
6. Merapi volcano (Lava Tour by Jeep)
7. Sultan palace and Water castle
8. Timang beach + Gondola
9. Ratu Boko temple
10. Malioboro street

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2 thoughts on “PLAOSAN TEMPLE/TWIN TEMPLE/LOVE TEMPLE (Candi Plaosan)

  1. Vibra

    Beautiful scenery with padi field standing twins temple which commonly people said Candi Plaosan, believed as a gift for wedding, at the time the king built this temple for his wife as a simbol of wedding ring and this temple also talking about tolerance between Hindus and Buddhist religion, which a King coming from Hindus dinasty and his wife from Buddhist dinasty, they are live together.

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