Instagram you cheeky thing! You have yet again shown me pictures of a place that cannot be believed until you see it with your own eyes. I was completely not ready to be blown away by the sheer size of the Prambanan Temple complex and at the massive structure that stood before me. As I stood in awe at the workmanship that has gone into such a place I realised this Prambanan Temple Tour was going to have to be seen to be believed!

Prambanan sign
Marley standing at the Prambanan sign

The Prambanan Temple complex is huge. Not just huge but HUGE. Many pictures you will see won’t actually do the size of the temple complex justice. If you can before you enter the actual Prambanan complex walk to the right a little bit.

There was hardly anyone on that side and you can get some great pictures of the complex as well that may be able to show some of the size of it. You can also see up close many of the temple blocks that remain from when some of the smaller temples that surrounded Prambanan temple were disassembled, laying in wait to one day be restored.

What is Prambanan Temple?

Prambanan Temple is a 9th century Hindu temple and it is the largest Hindu temple complex in Indonesia. The Prambanan temple complex is made up of 3 large temples for the main Hindu gods being Shiva the destroyer of the universe, Vishnu the keeper of the universe, and Brahma the creator of the universe.

Prambanan temple is high and thin compared to Borobudur which is high but spread out. The main Shiva temple (located in the middle) is the highest of all the shrines and stands at a whopping 47 meters high.

Overview of Pranbanan site
The complex consists of many temples

You will find the story of Ramayana around the three main shrines, You can see the sculptures and the story can be read from the east gate clockwise around the inner compound. We loved learning about the legend of Prambanan Temple as we wandered the hudeIndonsian temple complex

Prambanan has been worked on throughout the years to keep it looking as stunning as it does now. There have been earthquakes (in 2006) and Volcanic ash (2014) that have continued to harm the Prambanan temple complex. Due to some of the restoration works finding that some of the smaller temples do not have all of the building blocks that they originally had, it has been decided that if a smaller temple has at least 75% of the original blocks it will be restored.

The temples tower over the ground
It is an amazing site to see

Prambanan Temple as once a Royal Temple used for sacrifices and for the state’s religious ceremonies being held here. The Prambanan temple compounds are now a UNESCO World Heritage Site that will be protected for many years to come. There are also plans for the area to become a sanctuary area where no buildings can be constructed around it.

Pranbanan temple site Yogyakatrta
It would have been an amazing site when it was fully constructed

Where is Prambanan Temple located?

The Prambanan Temple complex is located 17 Kilometers from Yogyakarta and is a very easy day trip from there.

Prambanan Address: Jl. Raya Solo – Yogyakarta No.16, Kranggan, Bokoharjo, Prambanan, Kabupaten Sleman, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 55571, Indonesia

How much is the Prambanan entrance fee?

There are so many different options available that will give you so many opportunities to see Prambanan while you are in Indonesia. You just have to pick the one that is right for you. Here are the options below for entry to Prambanan temple and some surrounding temples as well.

One time entrance to Prambanan ticket price:

Adult: $25USD

Children aged 3 to 10: $15 USD

Prambanan, Plaosan, and Sojiwan

Adult: $30USD

Children aged 3 to 10: $20USD

These tickets include Rp1.000 insurance premium

Ticket Packages

Prambanan – Borobudur ticket price:

Adults: $40USD

Children aged 3 to 10: $25USD

Stone carving at Prambanan
You can spend hours exploring
Prambanan ruins

Prambanan–Ratu Boko (with free shuttle services between the two temples)

Adults: $40USD

Children aged 3 to 10: $25USD

Multiple Day Tickets

Prambanan temple ticket price for 2 days

Adults: $40USD

Children aged 3 to 10: $20USD

Prambanan entrance fee for 3 days

Adults: $60USD

Children aged 3 to 10: $30USD

What are the Prambanan opening hours?

Prambanan Temple is open from 6am – 5pm.

Although there is no best time to visit Prambanan it is advised that you visit during the dry season.

Don’t forget the ‘lesser known’ temples in the Prambanan Temple Compounds

The Temples are called:

Sewu Temple, Bubrah Temple and Lumbung Temple.

One mistake we saw so many people made was leaving the Prambanan temple compounds and heading straight for the exit after they had left the main complex. We decided to take the footpath (there are other ways to see the other temples like a scooter, golf cart, segway and bike) and do the 1.6km round walk to see the other ‘lesser’ temples. We were the only people in this area for the majority of the time we were there. The last temple complex Sewu was absolutely amazing.

Remember, if you can’t afford to buy travel insurance, you can’t afford to travel!

The only people that were there were Mark and I (the girls stayed at the crossroads rather than join us on the last little walk to the open gate) and a worker. We got to see inside some of the smaller temples and watch the painstaking work that is being done to rebuild some of the smaller temples that surround the larger ones. The two huge Statues you walk between to get into the complex are amazing. It was a highlight of our Prambanan Temple Tour.

The entrance to a Prambanan Temple
The entrance to one of the temples

Our top tips for when you visit Prambanan Temple.

  • There is not much shade out there so please make sure you have sunscreen and hats.
  • There are some vending machines where you can get drink
  • There is a welcome drink again on offer and I suggest you opt for the water if you are low.
  • If you have time hire a bike and ride around the complex to see the other three ‘lesser’ temples. They are amazing.
  • Make sure you get the pictures you want. Once you leave it is a long way back.

Where did we stay to visit Prambanan?

We stayed in Yogyakata which is about an hour from Prambanan travelling by car. We found Yogyakarta gave us at great base to do what we wanted to see in and around the area. We can recommend 2 places to stay in Yogyakarta.

Jogja Village Inn

Rating a 9.2 from 258 reviews and starting at $65US per night for a deluxe room. Jogja Village Inn has a location score of 8.6 and offers on-site dining at the Secang Restaurant, buffet breakfast, outdoor pool, room service, wi-fi, terrace, spa and wellness center

*We stayed at the Jogja Village Inn and absolutely loved it. It was clean, safe and the staff were brilliant with the kids. We would have no hesitation in recommending a stay for family here. You can review our stay here

The Zest Hotel Yogyakarta

Rating a 7.6 from 153 reviews and starting at $30US per night for a Zest twin room. Zest Yogyakarta has a location score of 7.6 and offers on-site dining, buffet breakfast, outdoor pool, room service, wi-fi and airport shuttle.

*We stayed at the Zest Yogyakarta as well and can highly recommend a stay there for family. It was easy to get to the attractions within the city center and back home again. You can read our review on Zest Yogyakarta here

How to get to Yogjakarta

Yogyakarta is served by Adisucipto International Airport which connects the city with other major cities in Indonesia. International visitors can arrive and depart for Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Find flights to Yogjakarta with AirAsia, Lion CityLink and Garuda Indonesia.

Yogjakarta’s main long-distance train station is Tuga. Tuga Railway station is at the intersection of train travel in Java. Trains from Jakarta and Bundung terminate here as do the trains from Surabaya.

Money in Indonesia

The official National Currency in Indonesia is the Rupiah (rp). They come in 1,000 2,000, 5,000, 10,000, 20,000, 50,000, and 100,000 Rupiah banknotes as well as 100, 200, 500 and 1000 coins. We always recommend exchanging money at a reputable bank and double check the amount you are given. If the exchange rate is too good to be true it normally is!

There is nothing like seeing a place you have seen on Instagram with your own eyes and there is nothing like learning how a place is so special to the people of the country you are in while you are wandering it. Prambanan does not and will not disappoint, a Prambanan temple Tour should be on your bucket list destinations.

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