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Candi Pawon (Pawon temple) in 360°
Pawon is connected with the Borobudur and Mendut, all of which were built during the Sailendra dynasty (8th–9th centuries) The temple slightly faces northwest and stands on a square base. Because of its relative simplicity, symmetry and harmony, the historians dubbed this small temple as "the jewel of Javanese temple architecture", in contrast with tall-slender East Javanese style counterparts as founds in later Singhasari and Majapahit period.
1. What to see
The top of the gate is adorned with a carving of Kala-Makara. The roof section of is crowned with five small stupas and four small ratnas.
Outer walls of Pawon contain reliefs framed by figures of Bodhisattvas and Taras. In the middle between the two bodhisattvas is a scene showing the tree of life (kalpataru), flanked between Kinnaras.
The square chamber inside is empty apart from the two Kala-Makara headed niches on its walls. Rectangular small windows were found opposite the entrance, they were probably cut for ventilation.
2. When to see
Pawon temple is open daily 6am-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 Borobudur temple.
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.