Sunday, September 28th, 2003 – Day 222

Sunday, September 28th, 2003 – Day 222

I see on the wires that Militants Poised to Strike in Indonesia . It from today Sep 28.

A new generation of Muslim militants from the Jemaah Islamiah group is plotting suicide attacks on international hotels and expatriate neighborhoods in Indonesia in December, Singapore’s The Sunday Times said.

The newspaper, citing unidentified Indonesian intelligence sources, said 12 Jemaah Islamiah members drawn from six cells planned to turn the festive season in Indonesia into a bloody nightmare.

“International hotels in Jakarta, Surabaya and Medan were picked as one set of targets,” the newspaper said. Surabaya is a big city on Java island. Medan is on Sumatra.

“The other comprised residential areas with large expatriate communities,” it said.

The Jemaah Islamiah has been blamed for the bomb attacks on Bali island in October last year in which 202 people were killed, and for an August blast at luxury hotel in Jakarta that killed 12 people.

Anyway after throwing away rubbish from my bags and deciding what stuff I would send home from Singapore, I decided to go to the PRAMBANAN TEMPLES.

I finally got going at around 11.00am. It took 30 minutes to get to the bus station on the number 4 bus. There I moved to the main part of the station to get a PERMUDA bus which is easy to find as its bright yellow. It was supposed to take 30 minutes but with stopping to collect passengers etc., it took 1 hour. I finally got to PRAMBANAN town at 12.40pm. It was a 10 minute walk to the entrance. It was 58,000 IR in and another 30,000 IR if you wanted a guide. They said prices would increase to 10 US in a few weeks. The way they see it here, is that less tourists means a shortfall in come (locals pay about 5,000 IR in) so just increase the price. This is no way to run a visitor attraction.

From UNESCO

Built in the 10th century, this is the largest temple compound dedicated to Shiva in Indonesia. Rising above the centre of the last of these concentric squares are three temples decorated with reliefs illustrating the epic of the Ramayana, dedicated to the three great Hindu divinities (Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma) and three temples dedicated to the animals who serve them.

Prambanan, named after the village, is the biggest temple complex in Java. There are 224 temples in the complex; three of them, the main temples are Brahma Temple in the north, Vishnu Temple in the south, and the biggest among the three which lies between Brahma and Vishnu temples is Shiva Temple (47 meters high). These three ancient masterpieces of Hindu architecture are locally referred to as Prambanan Temple or Lorojonggrang Temple. One of its appeals is the wealth of sculptural detail. The well known one is on the inner wall of the balustrade, the wonderfully vital and utterly engrossing Ramayana episodes.

The temples were completed about 900 AD, possibly 50 years after Borobudur, by the Hindu Javanese rulers. It was deserted within a hundred years and collapsed in about 1600 AD. The restoration was completed in 1953. This magnificent shrine is elaborately ornamented with designs of the utmost delicacy.

It was a nice place with great Hindu candi and temples. I enjoyed my visit. It was unusual as I saw only 3/4 other Western Tourists. Usually they come for sunrise. I stayed there for 2 hours. I found the other CANDI temples 1km from the site even more interesting specially Candi Sewu.

This buddhistic complex , built from 780 to 810 in three stages, is 185 m long on 165 m broad and includes 240 similar vaults. It is organized like a mandala centered around a principal temple.

This is been restored. It looked great even its ruined state. More information of these other temples can be found here. More on Bali temples here. More on Jave candi temples here and here.

Click on the picture to see it in its original size

Yogyakarta – Java – Indonesia – Prambanan Temples(28-09-2003)

Click on the picture to see it in its original size

Yogyakarta – Java – Indonesia – Prambanan Temples(28-09-2003)

Click on the picture to see it in its original size

Yogyakarta – Java – Indonesia – Prambanan Temples(28-09-2003)

Click on the picture to see it in its original size

Yogyakarta – Java – Indonesia – Candi Sewu Temples(28-09-2003)

Click on the picture to see it in its original size

Yogyakarta – Java – Indonesia – Candi Sewu Temples(28-09-2003)

I got a bus back on the main road. While it was 3,000 Ir to get here it was only 2,000 IR if you catch a Solo-Jogya bus going back. Its on the main road. Tour companies usually charge 35,000 IR for the round trip. I did it for 7,000 IR. Pretty good going. I did not get back until 4.20pm. I decided to do little else the ret of the day. I must decide whether I am moving on tomorrow. Maybe!!

You can find much Indonesian News from the Jakarta Post Newspaper.

I see in Bangkok, a temple which has turned into a hospice for Aids victims has opened a sobering museum. Visitors to Wat Phra Baat Namphu are likely to become speechless on entering the temple, which has created sculptures from the bones of Aids victims and built a museum housing 12 bodies of those who died of the virus.

The temple has turned into a hospice in Lop Buri, with the display of over 20 sculptures created out of bone fossils mixed with resin, and placed in various outdoor areas, with the largest set up outside its medical building.

I did little the rest of the evening. Every few tourists on the ground to socialize with. I have seen none in my hotel. I got peckish at around 11.00pm. Its funny here on the main street. You get food stalls before 8.00am, market stalls in two groups until 10.00pm then more food stalls that stay open most of the night. They were all serving food called nasi gudeg whch you can get me an egg or chicken. Nice and cheap. Maybe 2,5000 IR. I caught the second half of the Manchester City V Spurs game on TV at the hotel.

One thing I forgot to mentioned is that people walked here to mark World Heart Day. I saw a few hundred people in different groups (in teams with numbers wearing team track suits) march around town. Well done. jogya.

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