Candi Ijo Temple in Sleman Regency, Yogyakarta Special Region
Yogyakarta City is known for its culture and sweet foods. However, tourists can also enjoy other things there including historical sites like temples. Here is the reference. The name is Candi Ijo Temple and it is located in Sambirejo Village of Prambanan Sub-District. Tourists only need to reach Sleman Regency first, later. What makes the temple different than others? Well, it is definitely the location. It resides near to two famous temples called Ratu Boko and Prambanan. Not to mention this one resides on a hill, featuring amazing views of natural landscapes.
As mentioned before, Candi Ijo Temple is located on a hill. This explains why the nuance feels soothing and comfortable. Not to mention the views are superb up there. For the information, the temple resides on 375 meters above the sea level and it is considered the tallest in Yogyakarta City. As for the size, the temple is smaller than Prambanan. The environment is clean, though. That area also features a grassy landscape with some trees located below the hill. What is more? The wind is strong regardless of the time. One thing, tourists must avoid visiting the site at noon due to the heat of the sun.
Exploring Candi Ijo Temple
Well, tourists have many things to enjoy during the visit. For example, they can learn the history of the site. According to the locals, the temple was built in the 9th century. It was built on Gumuk Ijo Hill, so the locals gave the name to temple based on this fact. “Ijo” means green, actually. Have no worries. Tourists can acquire further information related to the temple from either a local guide or villagers, later.
Once arriving at the site, tourists may see a complex of temples there. The center is located in the furthermost in the back. The landscape features terraces and it gets higher backward. That means tourists should spend some stamina in order to explore all parts of the area. Instead of being a burden, this gives them a trekking opportunity! At the prime temple, tourists may find a chamber that stores the Lingga Yoni Statue, which represents Shiva God. Thus, don’t forget to take photos of it later.
Another allure is related to the legend. It is said many people came to the temple for a hermitage. Some ancient inscriptions can also be found in that area! Aside from this interesting story, the temple is suitable for sightseeing and relaxation too. A viewing spot, in fact, is available where tourists can see a beautiful sunset comfortably in the dusk!
- Tebing Breksi
- Ratu Boko Temple
- Abang Temple
How to Get There
A trip to Yogyakarta City would be the fastest if tourists take an airplane. For those coming from Jakarta City, in this case, they should take an airplane at Soekarno – Hatta International Airport and head to Adisucipto Airport right away. This flight takes approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes. Once they get to the airport, the next destination would be Sambirejo Village where the temple resides. This trip takes only about 21 minutes, as the distance is 10.2 km. As for the best route, it would be Raya – Solo Yogyakarta Street.
Where to Stay
- Sumberwatu Heritage Inn
- Jlatren Homestay