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Candi Sari (Sari temple) in 360°
Candi Sari is located about 130 meters north east from Kalasan temple. It is strongly suggested that the original function of this building was a monastery (vihara) . Historians believe that this temple was built around the same time as Candi Kalasan. According to an inscription dated 778 AD, Maharaja Tejapurnapana Panangkaran was persuaded by a guru to erect a temple (Candi Kalasan) devoted to goddess Tara with a buddhist monastery.
1. What to see
Sari temple was a two story building with wooden beams, floors, stairs completed with windows and doors; all from organic materials which now are decayed and gone. Structure of the temple with its three parts; the base, the body, and the roof matches Buddhist cosmology.
1.1. Outer walls
Figures of Tara and Bodhisattvasare arranged in two rows on the outer wall. Pairs of Kinnara figures adorn window frames, these heavenly creatures are commonly displayed with upper part of human and lower part of bird. But here they are depicted as winged deity figures similar to common depiction of angels.
It is believed that upper rooms were used by the monks as living areas or places for meditation, while the lower rooms were places of worship. Arched niches adorned with Kala-heads can be found in any of the lower three rooms.
2. When to see
Candi Sari is open daily from 8am – 5pm.
4. How to get there
If travelling on a package tour to Java, it might contain a few temples that are close to world-famous Prambanan temples.
If staying on the island of Bali, you can consider to take a one-day Yogyakarta guided trip. These trips usually include the famous Borobudur and Prambanan temples along with the sights of Yogyakarta. You'll arrive at the airport of Denpasar very early in the morning, fly to Yogyakarta with a local Indonesia flight (Lion Air / Garuda), enjoy the above mentioned monuments and finally get back to your hotel in Bali in the evening. It is important to know that you have to purchase the airplane tickets in advance, but it might be difficult, since Indonesian air flights only accept VISA cards issued in a few countries. Lion Air simply doesn't accept any European or US card, Garuda only accepts cards issued in Western Europe. If you are lucky, you can purchase your tickets in cash a few days before your excursion in a nearby country like Singapore.
It is not recommended to drive on your own in Indonesia due to the general negligance of driving rules. Singposts are written with Latin alphabet, but it might be difficult to find remote places on your own. The best solution is to rent a car with a driver for an entire day.
5. Where to stay
There are hotels in Yogyakarta for every budget: from backpackers to luxuary 5* hotels.