Plaosan Lor Temple – A Side of Twin Temples

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After a moment sensing the fresh morning of Yogyakarta, I started my journey by motorcycle to Prambanan area. I stopped at the Plaosan Temple block and filled in the visitors’ book provided on the templar entrance.

Plaosan Temple block is situated in Bugisan Village, district of Prambanan, Klaten Regency. This tample was built on the 9th century during Syailendra Dynasty by Raja Rakai Pikatan, the King of that era. Rakai Pikatan was the leader of the Mataram Kuno Kingdom. The templar area was found at the time when Indonesia was colonized by the Netherland, but these days, Indonesian government has started continuous conservation wave through Central Java’s Ancient Heritage Department.

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This temple block is about a kilometer away from Candi Sewu or the Prambanan Temple. The Plaosan Temple is divided into two, the Plaosan Lor Temple on the north and the Plaosan Kidul Temple on the South. But, due to limited time I had, I just visited the Plaosan Lor Temple. This temple has twin syringes. The difference of the northern syringe from the southern one is the relief. On the northern major syringe, the relief describes female characters. On the other hand, the southern’s relief describes male characters. Both major syringes are surrounded by perwara stupas and perwara syringes. On some perwaras, it is found short writings describing that that buildings were presented by the king’s liegemen. Next to the Plaosan Lor Temple area, there is a ditch (440m x 270) which surrounding the templar block. People say the ditch was used to lower down the water in ground in the temple block, thus, the ground is solid.

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The breezy morning had turned noon, and the weather was so hot. But the temple’s part which became the shade area is cool which makes it perfect to discuss or have a chat as an alternative if you get bored in the crowded city. I, then, continued my trip to the city of Yogyakarta.

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