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Candi Plaosan, also known as the 'Plaosan Complex', is one of the Buddhist temples located in Bugisan village, Prambanan district. The 9th century Plaosan complex is an ensemble of two Buddhist temples, Plaosan Lor and Plaosan Kidul out of which Plaosan Lor is much more significant.
Many of the buildings have inscriptions, two of them denote the temple as a gift of sanctuary by Rakai Pikatan. The dates of the inscriptions are between 825-850 AD. Although similar to the Prambanan 856 AD date, the complexes are not related.
1. What to see
Plaosan Lor consists of a central and a northern group of buildings. The most complete temples are located at the central group which contains two very similar temples. Walls used to separate the northern area from the central one, and each temple also had its entrance, gate, and guardian statues known as Dwarapala. It has been suggested based on structural similarity with Candi Sari that the two temples of the central group were in fact Buddhist monasteries (viharas) .
1.1. Connecting gateway
1.2. North/Southeast cornerKala-Makara ornaments.
1.3. Eastern facadeKala-Makara ornaments.
1.4. Entrance HallKala-headand a pair of Kinnara on its sides. The niche formerly contained a figure of a richly decorated Bodhisattva, seated with legs crossed, with the right hand in the vara-mudra (bestowing charity); the outer edge of each figures stone backing was decorated with flames. According to Krom, the Maitreya was to the left and Manjusri to the right.
1.5. Central chamber Bodhisattvas on either and with the now-missing main statue, presumably that of a Buddha made out of precious material.
1.6. Adjoining chambers
2. When to see
Candi Plaosan 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 nearby Yogyakarta for every budget: from backpackers to luxuary 5* hotels.