3 years ago
keshie
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Ratu Boko temple: The revered hilltop palace
Perched at the top of a hill around three kilometers south of the famed Prambanan temple in Yogyakarta is a landmark called the Ratu Boko temple. The temple that precise location is within in Sambirejo village, Sleman, Yogyakarta, is also a part of the highland area called Pegunungan Seribu. Surrounding the temple structure is a splendid view of greenery. Shifting the view to the north, there are the spectacular sights of Mount Merapi and Prambanan temple in the distance. During clear days, seeing the sunset from the hilltop is an experience sought by many visitors. The temple was first discovered by Van Boeckholzt in 1790. The inscriptions led to the estimation that it was built int he 8th century by Rakai Panangkaran, a descendant of the Sailendra dynasty of Medang kingdom (ancient Mataram). The Sailendra dynasty is also known as the dynasty who built the Prambanan and Borobudur temples. The building’s structures, such as its stone gates, ramparts, moats along with its royal square, Keputren (special rooms for women) as well as its bathing pools suggest that it might have been a palace from the past. It is decorated with Hindu religious symbols such as the Linga Yoni statue as well as Buddhist symbols such as the Dyani Buddha. Until now Ratu Boko temple is still considered sacred by Hindus as well as Buddhists. To honor this, visitors must wear a sarong when entering the temple. To reach the Ratu Boko temple, which is located around 18 kilometers from Yogyakarta’s city center, one cannot take the Piyungan South Ring Road highway, which also leads to Prambanan. After exploring the Ratu Boko, the next location was the Plaza Andrawina, on the western side of the hill. This restaurant serving Indonesian and Western cuisine features a view of the valley and an open air-theater. Luck was on my side, because there was a Srandul performance in the outdoor theater that very day. Srandul is an art of storytelling in the form of songs and dances accompanied by a bamboo music ensemble. This traditional art is often performed in important events in the villages around Gunung Kidul, Sleman and Klaten. At dusk, lights in the distance began to glow like flickering stars. Accompanied by a cup of hot coffee and the strains of Srandul, while savoring the final moments of the visit with pleasure.
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Do they have performances at the temple all the time, or just during certain celebrations or days? It looks beautiful, especially if you get the chance to see the storytelling as well~
3 years ago·Reply
@onesmile not all the time but quite often :)
3 years ago·Reply
@keshie if I go, I'll have to make sure to try to go at that time; I definitely wouldn't want to miss it!
3 years ago·Reply