THE EXTRAORDINARY CULTURAL HERITAGE OF CENTRAL JAVA
A lush tropical landscape dotted with hundreds of archeological temples, including two UNESCO world heritage sites, Borobudur and Prambanan, this is a destination that leaves you spellbound. The grandeur and complexity of the temples has to be seen to be believed, and photography struggles to convey the depth.
a time when Europe was still in the dark ages, the “Central Javanese
Period“ was building religious structures and art, now recognised as
being the oldest and highest level of art within South East Asia
Central Javanese spirituality and artistic endeavour continues to exist side by side with mundanities of every day life.
A BRIEF HISTORY
the time in which these monuments were built, Indian pilgrims had
spread Buddhist and Hindu teachings spread across Java, Indonesia. The
proud ruling dynasties of Central Java built a seemingly endless number
of structures, of all scales.
Buddhist and Hindu religions lived harmoniously side by side across Java, and as families of different religions married, even mixed religion temples were built.The adaption of Indian religion and customs with the local artistry and traditions bred its own unique style; “Hindu-Java Art” .
Around 920 the power shifted from Central Java to West Java and the monuments including Borobudur, Prambanan and Ratu Boko became neglected, exposed to ash from volcanic eruptions, and the ravages of the local vegetation.
Now restoration sees these world relevant sites back on the map with millions of people visiting each year.
is the most populous island in Indonesia, South East Asia. This is land
is densely populated, and the majority of people now practice Islam.
Prambanan, Borobudur and Ratu Boko are close to the major centre of Yogyakarta, also referred to by locals as Jogja. Yogyakarta has a population of approximately 4 million people.Not too far away are two other interesting cities, both with international airports. Solo, and Semarang, where some people also choose to stay.
Access to the area is easy by plane, train, or buses. Once in the region, given the driving conditions, it is recommended you hire one of the many local drivers rather than rent your own vehicle. For to-the-minute information on travel and hiring a driver, our friendly Visitor Assistance Centre can help.
BY CAR FROM YOGYAKARTA:
Prambanan is around 30 minutes drive
Borobudur is approximately 40 minutes away
Ratu Boko is close to 35 minutes drive
SEKILAS INFO / ANNOUNCEMENT
Dengan perkembangan kondisi terakhir setelah terjadinya erupsi Gunung Kelud yang mengakibatkan ditutupnya kunjungan wisatawan ke Candi Borobudur, Candi Prambanan, dan Keraton Ratu Boko, maka berdasarkan koordinasi kami dengan Balai Konservasi Candi Borobudur, Balai Pelestarian Cagar Budaya Yogyakarta dan Jawa Tengah, Manajemen PT TWC memutuskan untuk membuka kembali kunjungan wisatawan ke Candi Borobudur secara normal mulai hari Rabu, tanggal 26 Februari 2014. Sedangkan operasi normal untuk Candi Prambanan dan Situs Kraton Ratu Boko akan dibuka pada hari Jum’at, tanggal 28 Februari 2014.
By looking at the final condition after the eruption of Mount Kelud which resulted in the closure of tourist visits to Borobudur, Prambanan, and Ratu Boko Palace, and based on our coordination with the Borobudur Conservation Center, Preservation Hall Heritage of Yogyakarta and Central Java, Management PT TWC decided to reopen to tourists visiting Borobudur normally begin on Wednesday, February 26, 2014. While the normal operation of Prambanan and Ratu Boko site will be open on Friday, February 28, 2014.