Sewu Temple
Sewu Temple
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Hyoga83
Bordeaux, France704 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Yet another disappointment in this area of Yogya.

This temple seems pretty interesting, and is supposed to be included in the Prambanan ticket area.

However, and it could have been bad luck for us, the day of our visit (01/10/2022) it was padlocked and no messages were visible. So we went all the way from the other temples to just be able to see it from the outside...
Written 19 October 2022
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David H
Yogyakarta288 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018
Candi Sewu is Pramabanan without the hype and without the overload of tourists and the 'flys' that gather around them. It's one of my favourite temples in yogya region, so please take them time to wander back north of the main temple complex at prambanan and visit this hidden gem

Fortunately Candi Sewu remains only half renovated, showing you exactly what it is, that most temples in Yogya were reconstructed from. This more natural state feels more meaningful, as if not all of the history and spirituality of the place has been washed away by the stone masons and architects that rebuilt the temple of Prambanan, Borobodur and Dieng. Extensive renovation has left those larger temples feeling like nothing more than stark monuments to the past, being touted to tourists to drag dollars out of them. In contrast Sewu and a few others such as the nearby Plaosan still feel like all that energy of hundreds of years of prayer and meditation lingers on....

Go there... spend time, sit in silence, close your eyes until you can finally imagine you hear an ancient procession passing chanting to themselves. If you can go at night, or late afternoon, under a full moon is amazing.

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Written 22 June 2018
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Edward
Jakarta, Indonesia463 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Friends
This temple is located about 10-15 minutes walk from Prambanan Temple. It is located inside Prambanan Temple complex. But if you don't like walking, you could take a mini train for IDR 7500.

Overall this temple is in a good shape, although many of it's temple part hasn't been rebuild yet, but the main temple is standing firmly in the centre of this temple.

What interesting from this temple is the fact that it is a Buddhist temple and located near Roro Jonggrang Temple (the biggest Hindu temple in Indonesia)

You should visit this temple if you go to Prambanan
Written 17 December 2014
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Alice S
Lund, Sweden649 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
For some reason the Prambanan temple is over crowded but no one bothers to take a look at sewu just a few 100 meters away.

It's absolutly beautiful and sets you in a very humble mood. No tourists, no inquiring guides or salesmen just you and this majestic temple ruin. I almost made a bigger impression on me than prambanan because it was so quiet and me and my boyfriend were all alone walking around. For you own sake don't leave prambanan park without visiting Sewu!
Written 9 February 2015
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Michael-and-Jose
Los Angeles, CA276 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2011 • Couples
This is an amazing temple that seemed to have about 3 other visitors in the 2 hours I spent there. Its highly recommended during your visit to Prambanan. We actually took lunch and ate there. Most visitors seem to simply pull up on the tram, take a photo and leave. Without walking in and around the temple. Its actually the seond largest Buddhist temple in Java after Borobudor and well worth the time in terms of a visit. It's in a mandala pattern with a mt meru-like structure. If you've been to Angkor you can definitely see an influence (if the ruolos group and candi sewu had a love child it might be Angkor Wat and possibly the Bayon). Anyway, well worth spending some time while at prambanan...
Written 2 January 2012
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Dr P. Biswas
Durgapur, India237 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018
Sewu Temple is located in the Prambanan Temple complex, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Although this temple is visited by few people but it is really a piece of art. Not as vast as Prambanan Temple but it is really beautiful. Sewu Temple is a must see to all visitors. Highly recommended.
Written 12 July 2018
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miloaussie
australia71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Friends
Sewu Temple is almost forgotten behind Prambanan but it is worth the visit because there are few tourists who bother to walk the distance.
We were glad that we made the effort and were rewarded with an almost empty site that we could wander around.
The stone work is incredible for a structure built so long ago.
I found it tranquil in comparison to other sites and wish that the Govt would take greater care of their cultural history.
Areas are being restored and this will add to the beauty in the future.
There are not the hordes of sellers here so it is much quieter.
Written 7 March 2015
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cincoMcBrides
Doha, Qatar69 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Family
If you don't go to the sewu temple while at the prambanan temple then you missed a great place! No crowds which provide the great photos you may have missed at prambanan. My family was able to relax and enjoy the area without all the crowds.

You pay for a little to take a tram to the site if you want.

Don't miss this temple since you already paid for the admission.
Written 1 August 2014
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Waqqas H
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia186 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Solo
Most visitors to Prambanan don't even bother with Sewu and that's a pity. Sewu is just as beautiful albeit a bit smaller than the main Prambanan temples. One thing you'll notice immediately are the large dwarapalas (temple guardians). Absolutely beautiful! There are very few tourists so you can really take in the place spiritually.

There's a central chamber (unfortunately it isn't lit, so I recommend taking a flashlight if you can) that's very beautiful with a high platform (like a stage) that can be reached by concealed stairs on the side.

When you visit Sewu, just take your time to explore the complex. Don't rush it. Also, don't forget to peek in all the smaller temples around the main Sewu temple: some are more complete than others on the inside.
Written 20 July 2014
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Tony Y
Osaka, Japan31 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2012 • Solo
Sewu Temple, at the far end of the Prambanan Temple grounds, may be reached on foot or by the small "train" from the main temples. Many of the people who take the ride don't get off at Sewu, so the temple is a nice, quiet place to explore.

Most of Sewu is in ruins, but the parts that are intact are impressively beautiful. You can also see two other temples in varied stages of reconstruction if you walk too/from Sewu Temple.
Written 6 September 2012
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