Plaosan Temple Complex

Candi Plaosan is an hidden gem only 1km away from the popular Prambanan Temple.

Candi Plaosan (3)

We visited Plaosan Complex during high noon, not an ideal time for snapshot. The giant guardian in from the temple is Dvarapala.

Candi Plaosan (9)



Kraton–Yogyakarta Palace

The Sultan Palace situated at the south end of Malioboro Street, facing Gunung Merapi, and the other door facing Parangtritis Beach on the south.

Kraton Palace (3)


Gunung Merapi–the fire mountain

Mount Merapi is the most active volcano in Indonesia, and possible in the entire region.

Mount Merapi (1)

The reason I made the trip to Mount Merapi because of the touching graffiti on the ruins. I saw them on the Internet about Kaliadem Village, which was destroyed during the October 2010 big eruption.

Mount Merapi (5)


Reliefs @ Borobudur

There are 1,460 narrative reliefs in Candi Borobudur, which makes it the most complete ‘story telling’ walls about the life of Buddha.

Borobudur reliefs (4)

The story starts from gallery 1 (east gate), and begins with the birth of Buddha; and the story ends at gallery 4 illustrating Buddha giving his first sermon.

Borobudur reliefs (5)


Stupas @ Borobudur

The square-holed stupas are one of the memorable structures at Candi Borobudur.

Borobudur stupas (4)

On the upper platform alone, there were already 72 stupas surrounding one large stupa.

Borobudur stupas (1)

There is a statue of Buddha inside each stupa.

Borobudur stupas (5)


Sunrise @ Borobudur

It was easier to walk up to Borobudur than Panorama Hill to watch the magical sunrise.

Borobudur Sunrise (7)

It took us 4 hours to drive from Kuala Lumpur to Sungai Lembing (Paranoma Hill) last Sunday, but only 2.5 hours flight to Yogyakarta (Borobudur is 40KM from Jogja).

Borobudur Sunrise (4)


Fort Vredeburg (Yogyakarta)

If you are reading some of my travelogue, you can notice a pattern: less snapshots = less interesting place. So Christine has to pose for me to add more drama to the quiet place.

Fort Vredeburg (3)