3 August 2012 • • 0 comment
Indonesians don’t talk about erotic matters. Well, not openly. This probably explains why Candi Sukuh (Sukuh Temple) in Central Java isn’t exposed as much as we’d think, being vulgar to genitals and reproduction. It’s a shame really, because Sukuh temple offers something different compared to other temples in Indonesia. Here’s one proof that it does. Read More
10 May 2012 • • 2 comments
At several nights a week, Prambanan temple becomes the backdrop of Ramayana dance. In daylight, this is what one of the temples looks like. It’s a complex of Hindu temples that resembles Cambodia’s Angkor Wat quite a bit, with the cone-shaped tops and consisted of many temples.
13 February 2012 • • 0 comment
Candi Gedong Songo, a Javanese name for a complex of temple that literally means Nine Buildings Temple. Situated on a highland near Semarang, the capital city of Central Java, this complex consists of groups of temples that’s said to be 9 temples in total. We counted as we hiked along but we didn’t get 9. It was either we mistakenly skipped one or two, or we counted it wrong.. The thought of something mystical just didn’t seem attractive to me, though the foggy afternoon could really suupport that thinking.. Ha!
27 January 2012 • • 0 comment
Sam Poo Kong (which means an ancestor with 3 great powers) temple in Semarang, Central Java, was built in admiration to the Admiral Cheng Ho of China’s Ming Dynasty. The Chinese descendants in Semarang who had this temple built were mostly non-moslem, but the temple incorporates some features of Islamic attributes, in respect for the moslem Admiral.
12 December 2011 • • 2 comments
Prambanan is the one that got away on our recent trip to Yogyakarta. Although we planned to visit this temple during the day, by day 3 we decided to skip it. We were exhausted. Are we really that old? (Don’t answer that! :p) Oh Yogyakarta, how we heart you! You always give reason to come back again. In the mean time, our friend Rahmat, gave us this picture of one of the reliefs on the Prambanan Temple.
29 November 2010 • • 0 comment
I want to see Petra. The grand stone palace carved in to the rocks. To me, it would be an awesome view and confusing thought to see it. Why would anyone one carve in to a rock rather than just build an infrastructure? Then, I want to Lilabela in Ethiopia. A church, again, carved but this time down in to the ground. This is even more confusing than Petra. Why would anyone build something that would not receive sunlight and erect above the ground showing it’s grandness. But before I do, I had travel to see our own Gunung Kawi located in Tampak Siring, Bali.