With the limited time I have in this City, there are only few things I have listed to visit. One of them is Candi Prambanan. This is the most famous and most magnificent of Central Java's temples or more precisely complex temples.
Surrounding the foundation of the temple are 24 lokapala statues, or guardians of directions.
A few things to note:
- When walking around Prambanan, there are often school children who have been brought there to practice their English with foreign tourists. Please be kind to them – if you don’t wish to speak with them, decline politely. I prefer to talk to them, though, and have never had an unpleasant experience.
- People will try to sell you things well over the local price. You will also be charged well over the local admission price. Please just pay the money. Admission for foreigners is around $10 USD, and things like drinks are roughly $1 USD. Those working in this area have a far lower income than you, and they rely on sales of that nature in order to feed their families. The site also relies on admission fees to maintain it. If you can’t afford the tourist prices, then you probably can’t afford to be traveling to Indonesia in the first place. :)
- Hire a guide if you can! The guides at Candi Prambanan are very good at what they do, and they speak a number of languages. I have given a general overview here, but local guides will be able to provide far more information and you’ll have a better time. Be sure to hire the guides through the organization running admissions.
- Candi Prambanan is in the open sun, and Indonesia is very hot. Bring water and sunscreen.
- Candi Prambanan is also regarded as a special site. Please dress appropriately – in Indonesia, this means no bare shoulders, no low necklines, no bare midriffs, and covered at least to the knees. It’s so sunny there, it’ll save you from the sun anyway.
Indonesia is known for making colorful and unique batik designs. You can also get one here in Yogyakarta. I'm not fond of Batik stuff though but they're head turners. I can let it pass though (evil grin)