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Attractions Details

📌 Address

Jl. Candi Sambisari, Sambisari, Purwomartani, Kec. Kalasan, Kabupaten Sleman, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 55571, Indonesia

Opening Hours

7:00 AM - 5:00 PM

💸 Entrance Fee

IDR 15,000

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"Visit Candi Ijo just before sunset for a mesmerizing view of the city glowing below; it's less crowded than the more famous Prambanan or Borobudur but offers an equally stunning, serene experience. Also, take the short hike up the hill behind the temple complex to find the perfect spot for panoramic photos – it's a hidden gem that most tourists miss."

What is Candi Ijo?

Candi Ijo is a majestic ancient temple nestled on the lush slopes of Gumuk Ijo, the highest hill in the Prambanan area, near Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Its name, translating to 'Green Temple' in Javanese, is a tribute to its verdant surroundings. Primarily dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva, this temple provides both spiritual reverence and a breathtaking panoramic view of the Yogyakarta cityscape and the Prambanan temple complex nearby. Not as widely visited as other temples in the region, Candi Ijo offers a serene escape for those looking to dive into the past and connect with the tranquility of nature.

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History of Candi Ijo

The history of Candi Ijo is intertwined with the spread of Hinduism in Java. Constructed during the 9th to 10th century, the temple is a significant part of the cultural heritage of the Mataram Kingdom. While not as extensively documented as the nearby Prambanan or Borobudur temples, Candi Ijo is believed to be one of the later territorial temples that marked the outer boundary of the kingdom's region. The temple's construction echoes the architectural style of the era, a testament to the skill and artistry of Javanese stonemasons of the period. The Candi underwent a series of restorations in the 20th century, allowing visitors to appreciate its intricate reliefs and architecture that have withstood the test of time. Alongside its religious significance, it lays claim to a past rich with royal ceremonies and pilgrimage traditions.

Why is Candi Ijo Important?

Candi Ijo is a vital piece of Indonesia's vast historical puzzle, providing insights into the religious and cultural dynamics of the time. Its importance stems from both the spiritual and the geographical. Spiritually, the temple stands as an embodiment of Hindu beliefs and aesthetics in a predominantly Muslim region, reflecting the historical tapestry of religious change in Java. Geographically, Candi Ijo's elevated location is of strategic significance, likely used for astronomical observations and serving as a meditative retreat for ancient Javanese royalty. The temple's alignment with significant celestial points further emphasizes its importance in both religious rituals and as an ancient center of learning. By delving into the temples, like Candi Ijo, we gain a profound connection to the ancestors and the natural world they revered.

Things to Do & See at Candi Ijo

Visiting Candi Ijo offers a variety of experiences. Adventurers and history aficionados can explore the temple ruins, adorned with intricate stone carvings depicting Hindu deities and traditional Javanese patterns. For the contemplative souls, the temple is a spot of meditation—its quiet and mystical atmosphere providing a deep sense of peace. Photographers, meanwhile, will find ample opportunities, as the temple offers some of the most stunning sunrise and sunset views, with the Merapi volcano and Prambanan Temple creating a picture-perfect backdrop.

What's more, Candi Ijo is surrounded by terraced gardens, where you can take a leisurely stroll or sit and enjoy a traditional Javanese picnic. Cultural events are sometimes held here, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in local customs and performances. Occasionally, you might stumble upon practitioners of Kejawen—a Javanese spiritual teaching—conducting rituals, which is quite a sight to witness.

Finally, Candi Ijo is near other notable attractions such as the Ratu Boko Palace ruins and the Prambanan Temple complex. A visit to these sites can be easily combined to create a full-day tour that takes you back in time to the glory days of the ancient Javanese kingdoms. Through these experiences, Candi Ijo isn't just a visit to an ancient structure, it's a journey through the heart of Javanese culture.

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Frequently asked questions

What is Candi Ijo?

Candi Ijo is a Hindu temple complex dating back to the 10th century located on the hill of Gumuk Ijo, in the Yogyakarta region of Indonesia. It is known for its stunning architecture and panoramic views of the city and the surrounding countryside.

How can you reach Candi Ijo from Yogyakarta city center?

Candi Ijo can be reached by car or motorbike from Yogyakarta city center. It is located approximately 18 kilometers east of the city and can be accessed via public transportation, however, renting a private vehicle may provide more convenience and flexibility.

What are the opening hours of Candi Ijo?

Candi Ijo is typically open to visitors from early morning until sunset, but it's advisable to check the current opening hours before planning a visit as they can vary.

Is there an entrance fee to visit Candi Ijo?

Yes, there is usually a small entrance fee for visitors that goes towards the maintenance of Candi Ijo and its surroundings.

What should visitors wear when visiting Candi Ijo?

Visitors to Candi Ijo are recommended to dress modestly out of respect for the cultural and religious significance of the site. Lightweight clothing is advised due to the warm climate, but knees and shoulders should be covered.

Attractions Details

📌 Address

Jl. Candi Sambisari, Sambisari, Purwomartani, Kec. Kalasan, Kabupaten Sleman, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 55571, Indonesia

Opening Hours

7:00 AM - 5:00 PM

💸 Entrance Fee

IDR 15,000

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