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Java Jamboree: Listen to the walls talk

Prabanan Temple, said to be built around 850 CE by either Rakai Pikatan, king of the second Mataram dynasty, or Balitung Maha Sambu during the Sanjaya Dynasty continues to intrigue tourists even though much of the original stonework has been stolen or removed to other sites. The 2006 earthquake destroyed some more of the stonework and rendered the inside of most of the temples off-limits; so, one would have to be satisfied with just admiring the temples from the outside. Hire a guide who loiters in the temple ground and perhaps, he would point out to you an erotic carving here and there. There are few erotic carvings around and they are rather tame compared to the ones in Kajuraho, India but you'd probably go ooh and aah like some of my friends and I did. It was great when the walls talked!

Carvings in Prabanan Temple...Can you spot an erotic one here?

Traveling Tip: Listen when the walls talk!

Java Jamboree: Roaming Prambanan Temple

While in Yogyakarta, make it a point to visit Prambanan Temple! The temple which is characterised by a 47 m high central building inside a large complex of individual temples, all spotting typical Hindu temple architecture is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Prambanan temple complex originally consisted of three zones -the outer zone, the middle zone and the inner zone. The outer zone, a large space marked by a rectangular wall long destroyed, was said to be either a sacred park, or an ashram,which was the priests' boarding school. The middle zone consists of hundreds of small temples while the inner zone contains eight main temples and eight small shrines. Prambanan Temple which was closed to the public after the 2006 earthquake incidentally was reopened some weeks later even though the head of Yogyakarta Archaeological Conservation Agency announced that it would take months. My friends and I were thus lucky. We got to roam the complex and see the Pervara Temples, the Vahana Tem…

Java Jamboree: From a Distance

About 18 km east of Yogyakarta City is the Prambanan temple complex, the largest Hindu temple in Indonesia and in South East Asia. On 27 May 2006, Yogyakarta suffered a 6.3-magnitude earthquake. The earthquake did not only claim the lives of 5,782 people and injured some 36,299 people but more than 135,000 houses were damaged. Prambanan temple too was not spared. Large pieces of debris, including carvings, were scattered over the ground and the temple was closed to the public. Someone I met who visited the temple then told me they could only see the temple from a distance...

Prambanan Temple... From a distance...

Traveling Tip: View from a distance!

Java Jamboree: A Little Bit of Art

If you are looking for a dose of Impressionism, this 19th-centuryart movement; and you are not anywhere near Paris or even have a Monet or a Van Gogh at hand but you are traveling the road that runs between Yogyakarta and Surakarta aka Solo, perhaps then, you'd like to take a break at Affandi Museum for some artistic respite. Affandi Museum sits on the bank of the Gajah Wong River and houses the artwork of Indonesia's celebrated painting maestro, the late Affandi as well as the artwork of many other Indonesian artists. The former who once was honoured with the Prix International Dag Hammarskjoeld Prize in Florence in 1976, reputedly was a self-taught artist best remembered for his unique technique of painting directly from tubes onto canvas. You'd not just get to see his version of Sunflowers here, but get to see his tomb and live his life...

At Affandi Museum...Can you spot any Sunflowers?

Traveling Tip:
Get Artistic!