Exploring Jogjakarta and Environs IV
Prancing at Prambanan
Prambanan, the largest Hindu temple complex in Indonesia, built in the 9th century is 17k northeast of Jogjakarta – driving time depends on traffic. The high structures, which are typical of Hindu architecture, are a very popular destination. The design of the complex is a Mandala, as is Borobudur. As a symbol of the Hindu cosmos, the temple is vertically divided into three parts, both vertically and in plan.
Across the way from the temples you can enjoy dinner outside, with views of the illuminated temples. Against the black sky they make for an evocative image. Adjacent to the restaurant is an open-air theatre where the Ramayana Ballet is performed nightly – except during the rainy season. This performance is excellent in a superb setting. The performers and dancing were first-rate and touches of humour were added to make it even more enjoyable. Having text displayed on the walls at the side helps keep you up to what is happening on stage. If you get to Jogjakarta, make sure you visit Prambanan and take in the UNESCO World Heritage Site and the world-class performance.
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