Yogyakarta (Jogja) backpacker's guide

SUKUH PYRAMID “EROTIC/PORN” TEMPLE (Candi Sukuh)

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WHY BACKPACKER SHOULD VISIT THIS TEMPLE?

THE ONLY ONE PYRAMID TEMPLE IN INDONESIA
This temple so unique. Unlike other temples in Java or Indonesia.
The architecture just like Mayan pyramid in America.
This is the only one pyramid in Indonesia and the last hindus temple in Java.

EROTIC, VULGAR & WET TOUR
You visiting erotic and vulgar temple. You will found so many penis and vagina statue.
The temple lies in feet of Mount Lawu. So, sometime you gonna get wet cause it’s easy to get rain here.

EXOTIC PLACE
You visiting exotic place with nice view, vegetables farming, hills. Quiet and peaceful place.
You also can hear the sound of the grasshopper, birds and the sound of blowing wind.

CLOSE TO UNMAINSTREAM TOURISM SITE
This place are close to UNMAINSTREAM place. Such as, CETHO TEMPLE, TEA PLANTATION, LAWU VOLCANO, GROJOGAN SEWU WATERFALL etc. It just close to each other. So, you can combine to visit these place.

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DESCRIPTION:

Sukuh (Indonesian: Candi Sukuh Indonesian pronunciation: [ˈtʃandi ˈsukʊh]) is a 15th-century Javanese-Hindu temple (candi) that is located on the western slope of Mount Lawu (elevation 910 metres (2,990 ft)) on the border between Central and East Java provinces.

Sukuh temple has a distinctive thematic reliefs from other candi where life before birth and sexual education are its main theme. Its main monument is a simple pyramid structure with reliefs and statues in front of it, including three tortoises with flattened shells and a male figure grasping his penis. A giant 1.82 m (6 ft) high of lingga (phallus) with four balls, representing penile incisions, was one of the statues that has been relocated to the National Museum of Indonesia.

A few decades ago, javanese has a myth that testing virginity can be done in this temple. A girl should pass to the gate of Sukuh temple. The girl who got slipped when passing penis and vagina statue inside the gate, it believed that girl is not virgin anymore. But, today  government not allowed for this activity because can destruct the statue it self. 

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sukuh

 

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WHERE IS IT?

LOCATION:
Village (Desa): Sukuh, Berjo
Sub-district (Kecamatan): Ngargoyoso
Regency (Kabupaten): Karang Anyar
Province (Provinsi): Central Java

MAP:

DISTANCE:
About 2 hours to east-north from downtown Yogyakarta.

HOW TO GET TO THE SITE?

PUBLIC TRANSPORT:
First, you can use Trans Jogja to Giwangan bus station (Terminal bis Giwangan), ticket about IDR4000. Then change bus, from Giwangan bus station to  Solo/Surakarta city, and then you have to change bus to Tawangmangu city. Then you ask to “kernet” (The man whom you will pay the bus ticket) that you will stop on Candi Sukuh. and then continue taxi motor to the temple. Better you rent a car or motorcycle for cheap one. Invite local person as guide (Couchsurfer) for good reason.

From Adi Sutjipto Airport :
please take Route 3B – Stop in Giwangan Bus station (Terminal Bis Giwangan)
please take a bus to Solo/Surakarta city – Stop at Solo/Surakarta bus station.
Then, take a bus to Tawangmangu – Stop at pertigaan Candi Sukuh.
Then, take a taxi motor – Stop at Sukuh temple.
From Tugu Railway Station :
please take Route 2A – Stop in Tungkak shelter/halte.
Then, take Route 4A – Stop in Giwangan Bus station (Terminal Bis Giwangan)
please take a bus to Solo/Surakarta city – Stop at Solo/Surakarta bus station.
Then, take a bus to Tawangmangu – Stop at pertigaan  Candi Sukuh.
Then, take a taxi motor – Stop at Sukuh temple.
From Jombor Bus Station :
please take Route 2A – Stop in Tungkak shelter/halte.
Then, take Route 4A – Stop in Giwangan Bus station (Terminal Bis Giwangan)
please take a bus to Solo/Surakarta city – Stop at Solo/Surakarta bus station.
Then, take a bus to Tawangmangu – Stop at pertigaan  Candi Sukuh.
Then, take a taxi motor – Stop at Sukuh temple.
From Giwangan Bus Station :
please take a bus to Solo/Surakarta city – Stop at Solo/Surakarta bus station.
Then, take a bus to Tawangmangu – Stop at pertigaan  Candi Sukuh.
Then, take a taxi motor – Stop at Sukuh temple.

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

PENIS AND VAGINA STATUE ARE SYMBOL OF FERTILITY AND PROSPERITY

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WHAT IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT?

OPENING HOURS:
Sukuh temple: 8.00 am – 3.30 pm.

HOW MUCH IT COST?

TICKET:

Sukuh temple: Rp10.000 per person

THIS STATUE SYMBOLIZE A WOMB

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OTHER INFORMATION:

MOBILE PHONE SIGNAL:
Weak signal for your cell phone.

CAFE/RESTAURANT:
There are some 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 expat (american and european especially).

RESTROOM/TOILET:
Some restroom and toilet. Better bring your own tissue.

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HEY MAN!..DON’T MASTURBATE IN HERE!  (…Hahaha)

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*) If you watch carefully at the penis, you will found big ball at the upside of penis. Our ancestor put 4 big ball (pearl or gold) around the top of penis, beneath the skin. After Islam come to Indonesia, this culture is forbidden.

THE BIG PENIS STATUE

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Photo source: http://bharatkalyan97.blogspot.co.id/2015/01/significance-of-linga-and-4-spheres-on.html

**) This giant penis or lingga statue has 2 meter height. It was located in the top of Sukuh temple. But, today in the National museum in Jakarta.

***) If you read old dutch literature about this “unique culture” in the past time. They wrote: “These things (balls) makes women satisfied when they have a sex with a man with the ‘4 balls’. Otherwise, they prefer masturbate than make a sex with a man without ‘balls’…..Hmm very interesting! 🙂

TWO PIECES BRONZE POTTERY DISCOVERED IN SUKUH TEMPLE

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Photos source: http://cryptoanthropologist.blogspot.com/2016/05/crystal-shiva-linga-candi-sukuh-central-java.html

*) The last time i visited Sukuh temple on 2013, the guide told me that a few years ago during the restoration, the archaeologist discovered 2 two pieces pottery made from bronze. One pottery contain jewelry and beads. Other pottery contain water. The archaeologist surprised that water still exist, not evaporated since 15th century.

GET A BIG PICTURE OF SUKUH TEMPLE FROM VIDEO:

*) Better you bring your raincoat/waterproof jacket or poncho because it often rain on the site.

If you need transport, you can contact me.
My old brother is a driver, he drive so gently and he can speak english very well.
All in package (car, driver & gasoline) to Sukuh temple, Cetho temple, Tea plantation & tea house and Serendeng waterfall (if the spare time possible to visit it) = Rp700.000. Maximum 5 persons for one car, for 12 hours. Departing from Yogya at 7.30 am.
Here my number: +6281 2277 0029 (Whatsapp)

Check the schedule to get more cheap by join and share the tour with other traveler:

Schedule of Yogya-Backpacker Tour 2017

‘NDORO DONKER’ TEA HOUSE

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2 thoughts on “SUKUH PYRAMID “EROTIC/PORN” TEMPLE (Candi Sukuh)

  1. chien

    Hi,

    Website is very good. Lots of information about Jogya. We (8 adults and 9 kids) are coming to Jogya in early August. Do you help people to arrange transportation? If yes, can we provide you a itineraries for quotation? Thanks!

    Chien

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