This is Candi Prambanan – a Hindu Temple which is in the same locality with Borobodur, a Buddhist complex. The construction for Prambanan started in 850 AD, a 100 years after the construction of Borobodur, to honour the Lord Shiva who represents the Trimurti of Creator, Preserver and Destroyer. In Kathmandu, Nepal, there are a lot of smaller sized temples with the same purpose. Candi Prambnaan and its surrounding complex, is much much much more ambitious and extravagant.
My biggest question though, was why are there two huge Buddhist and Hindu complexes built so close in time? I didn’t research this but my guess is probably the court at the time favoured Buddhism in 750AD and a century later, changed to Hinduism. I should probably go look it up to confirm instead of babbling about it ~ hehe.
It is a little unfortunate that Prambanan is dwarfed by Candi Borobodur. I actually think that Prambanan is much more impressive because much like Angkor Wat, it is huge! There are originally 240 temples (seriously, 240?) surrounding the main shrines and one can still visit the surviving temples in vicinity today. Jambu and I didn’t though because we arrived at 4pm when the closing time is 5pm (why are we so lackadaisical when it comes to hitting the tourist spots).
After a rushed tour of the Candi, Jambu and I walked to the nearest bus stop to get the Trans Jogja which will cost us 3,000 Rp instead of, possibly, 50,000 Rp or more (taxi ride to Malioboro). We wanted to get to the main street of Jogja to experience the shopping and street food. In the end, it took us at least 20 minutes of waiting for a bus that surprisingly had pop songs and way too many stops. Almost two hours later, we reached Malioboro and man, it was even more crowded than Orchard Road on a weekend during Christmas (seriously never thought this was possible). We didn’t try out any of the street food in the end due to my fear of another case of mild food-poisoning. Not sure what was Jambu’s reason though – we ended up cabbing back to the hotel and had room service instead and that pretty much marked our adventure for the day – Candi Prambanan and Malioboro.