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Many times visiting the Special Region of Yogyakarta sometimes makes me feel confused about where to go again this time. Likewise, when visiting the student city to visit my sister and nephew who had just given birth. Even though Jogja’s Legacy (is a cultural heritage in Yogyakarta). So, what’s more tourism in Yogyakarta that can be changed.
Because nowadays it is sophisticated, yes technology is utilized. This time I tried to casually type the word ‘temple’ in the googlemaps search field. As a result, there are several temples that have sprung up on the online map. Wow, then, let’s go on temple tourism hunting in Yogyakarta.
Lets Temple Tourism Hunting in Yogyakarta
Previously I had visited several temples in Yogyakarta such as Prambanan Temple and 3 other temples in the Prambanan temple area, Ijo Temple, and Ratu Boko temple.
So this time when I saw some of the names of temples that were unfamiliar, my heart was moved to visit them. Armed with a partially guided googlemaps, then I drove my motorbike to the location of the first temple in Jogja.
1. Donotirto Temple
The location of this temple is on Jogonegaran Street, Pringgokusuman, Yogyakarta. Although its position is on the roadside, but as soon as I arrived at the location according to the instructions of Google Map, I was still confused looking for its location. In fact, I thought that I had been misplaced because when I stopped and tried to find any clues about this temple, there was only ‘Bakpia Pathok Candi 22’ plate sign only. That’s the only word ‘Candi’ around that I see.
It turned out that the location of this temple was right in front of my motorbike which was parked on the street. In front of my motorbike there is a jet black wall about 50 meters wide and one and a half meters high (this is my guess.) When you look down, it turns out that’s where the location is. Then look left and right and see an alley entering with a downward ladder. The footsteps went there and at the first door on the right, I entered the courtyard of the South Citizenship Hall. Now this Donotirto temple is right in front of it. They are in one area if I say.
Although this is called a temple, it doesn’t need to be imagined like the magnificent temples such as Ijo temple, Ratu Boko especially Prambanan and Borobudur. They all are different like heaven and earth. Although attached to the name of the temple, this site is actually a public bathing place!
Because it was midday, this place had almost no people and I was confused about outside. At that time I did not know thatt the function of this temple is for it, I would not be reckless to enter. Moreover, it is written outside “women and men”. I was become even more hesitant about entering. because no one has yet appeared after almost 10 minutes I sat in front of the gate finally I wen into one of the rooms with the writing of Woman. Yes, Impossible for me to entered the men’s room. wkwkwk.
As soon as I entered it slowly, up to the room with a large enough shower I was shocked there to see a woman bathing without clothes at all! My heart almost dislodged because I thought it was midday in a public place like this, how come there were those who dared to take a shower there, not wearing clothes too. In every public bathing places, I still see people wearing sarong, minimal. Iin there they were just naked, there isn’t even a single thread. Oh my God, in a hot days like this..
As I entered of the courtyard of the community hall, I drank half a bottle of water. After that the old man camefrom the house beside the community hall. Finally I met and talked for a while. His name is Mr. Tuing, he said he has kept this site for more than 30 years. But if you read Wijna’s blog, the keepre man is not him. Ahh, never mind. Anyway, from him, I found out that this site is a public bath, people! So it’s free to use with anyone.
The bathing site is have been built around 1930 which was initiated by Sultan Hamengku Buwono IX and was intended for public baths. The water is come from the river in Magelang. How they drain it to it? ?? I have no idea.
Then why are public baths called temples? Because the shape of the entrance is similar to Hindu buildings, so it is a temple by the surrounding community. Geez!!!
Although not a real temple, this public bath site is still considered a place of cultural heritage. Maybe I should come here again to take a bath, ehhh to find more information about the temple site in this one Jogja.
Btw, after talking to the old man, I went back into the bathhouse, wanting to feel the fresh water directly from the shower before leaving. When I entered behind me there were also other women who also entered.
After washing my face, I went to get out and when I turned around, I was surprised that the woman casually took off the sanitary napkins in front of me and then threw them in the flow of water which was heading somewhere. It doesn’t use it rinsed again. Masha Allah. She was littering … I just could rubbing cold bath walls. Finally I immediately left because I was really confused to see the situation there.
Ahhh, never mind … let’s go on to the next temple tour in Yogyakarta
2. Gebang Temple
The location of the Gebang temple is in Condongcatur, Gebang village, Ngemplak district, Sleman regency, DI Yogyakarta. The location goes past the side of the housing and is stuck at the end of the resident’s garden. I still get there according to the instructions on google. After all, because I use a motorbike, it’s easier to get in and out of the residential alley.
Once entering the Gebang temple area, an officer came to me and looked surprised to see me coming alone. I had time to ask if the location was closed because the time had already shown that it was almost 3:00 p.m. and the fence was almost closed, leaving little room for motorbikes. Apparently not because according to the officer, it is usually very rare for anyone to come to this temple, especially on weekdays.
Finally I went around for a moment at this temple. Based on the information board, the Gebang Temple was first discovered in 1936 by local residents which began with the discovery of the Genesha statue first. After that, the temple was excavated and reconstructed around 1937 to 1939 under the leadership of Van Romondt.
The main building of this Hindu temple is 27, 56 square meters with a height of 7.75 meters. The history of the founding of this temple is still unknown but it is estimated that this temple was built in the 8th – 9th century AD (around 730 – 800 AD).
Even though it’s small and a little isolated, I am happy to be able to visit this temple in Yogyakarta. At least this is a real temple, although the history is still unknown, rather than the previous ‘temple’. Hehehe.
lets we rolled into the temple attractions in the next Jogja
3. Kadisoka Temple
In accordance with the instructions of the mr. google, I drove to Kadisoka temple. Incidentally the location of this temple is in line with the Sambisari temple which I will visit next. When I saw google maps, actually I was a little suspicious to see the location far from the road and there was no road detected to the temple. All the main streets surround this temple. This kind of temple is in the middle of nowhere.
Luckily I used a motorbike so it was easy to walk slowly while looking left and right to see maybe there was a signboard indicating its location. I even had the chance to go to Sambisari street but finally I turned back because I didn’t want to miss this temple. It’s a shame that it’s near and I didn’t visit it.
Finally after turning around and slowly down the Kadisoka highway, I stopped right in front of the Kadisoka Hamlet gate and there I saw a signboard for the ‘Kadisoka Temple’ Cultural Reserve in front of a pond. That’s just the signboard.
After that, I saw that there was a two-tread trail that could be passed by the motorbike beside the pond and then I slowly walked down the road. Finally at another corner of the pond, I was able to find the location of the Kadisoka temple in Yogyakarta. Unfortunately, the area of the temple was closed and the door was locked. So I couldn’t enter. Here too I did not dare to take out a DSLR camera because I was alone in the middle of the deserted pond and rice fields.
Finally, I only had time to take pictures with my cellphone from outside the fence and briefly looked at the temple, which was only the foundation left. Had thought about wanting to jump the fence so I could enter and look around, but how come it’s not beautiful, bro, you know. (Alhamdulillah, I still remember that I am a real woman) hahaha.
neevrmind, let’s continue to the next temple location in Yogyakarta.
4. Sambisari Temple.
Because I had just visited the Kadisoka temple which was left in ruins and was closed, I initially did not really hope for the situation in this Sambisari temple. Especially at that time it was 16.30 past, almost 17.00. It’s been late. But because the position is indeed in the direction of the way home, once again, just stop by. If you can’t enter, tomorrow you will visit here again.
Once arrived at this temple, Alhamdulillah it haven’t closed yet. This Sambisari temple also turns out to be quite unique because from the streets, this temple is only visible at the top. This temple is located at the under of the ground, more precisely 6.5 meters from the surrounding land surface. This kind of temple is in a pond that is drained so badly. Once entered and paid retribution for Rp. 5,000, I began to explore the Sambisari temple area
The Sambisari Temple is a Hindu temple of the Shiva which was built in the early 9th century by Rakai Garung, a Hindu Mataram king from the Syailendra wangsa. The outer courtyard in the form of a park is 50 x 48 meters.
Sambisari Temple is surrounded by a thick stone fence measuring 50 centimeters and 2 meters high. If at that time our position was in the outer courtyard, this Sambisari temple looked tiny. But once standing in front of the main temple, the temple is 7.5 meters high. In addition to the main temple, there are also 3 ancillary temples, which can be known as guard temples, but the conditions are not as complete as the main temple.
Thank God Sambisari Temple is the closing of beautiful temple hunting tours in Yogyakarta. Feeling tired because of the motions all day around the city, housing until the pond was immediately lost and changed with satisfaction. So until now when I counted it, I have visited a total of 10 temple tours in Yogyakarta. There are still many Jogja’s Legacy that I have not visited such as Kalasan temple, Barong temple, Sari temple and there are still many other temples in Yogyakarta.
For those who want to look for souvenirs as well as donate for cultural preservation in Yogyakarta, they can turn to Craftown. By buying the merchandises, you also help preserve the culture so that cultural heritage sites can be enjoyed by our children and grandchildren in the future.
So, anyone wants to accompany me for temple hunting in Jogja for the next visit? (EKW)