Pawon Temple in Borobudur Sub-District, Yogyakarta Special Region


An interesting temple resides in Borobudur Sub-District and tourists can get there easily from the Yogyakarta Special Region. The name is Pawon Temple and it resides in Wanurejo Village. The location is between Mendut and Borobudur Temple, so it is considered strategic. That means tourists can visit three different temples on the same day, without spending too much time. In terms of name, “Pawon” means kitchen. However, no one knows the exact history and reason about it. What tourists know is only the attractive architecture of the temple and comfy nuance of the site. No wonder, the popularity is considered excellent.

The Nuance
The nuance is indeed peaceful, as the temple is surrounded by plants and trees. The main structure resides on the stairs and terrace with a vast area. Despite the small size, it features lots of carvings and ornaments. No wonder, both tourists and researchers would have a good time during the visit. Aside from that, the environment is clean so visitors would feel comfortable while exploring the location. Even some local guides are seen on the site and they are always ready to help everyone.

Exploring Pawon Temple
One of the reasons why Pawon Temple is popular is definitely the strategic location. As mentioned before, it resides near to the famous Borobudur Temple. The size is small, but it is worth a photo shot. Tourists can simply take selfies in front of the temple or take photos of statues and carvings there. One thing, tourists should not carelessly touch the parts of the temple. The purpose is to avoid any damages or spoiling its sacredness.

According to local guides, it is likely the name derives from the word “Pa-awu-an”, which means a place to store ashes. Well, no one knows the exact history and meaning of the name, though. Here is the next common thing to do there. Tourists can simply explore the temple and appreciate its architecture. All parts of the temple feature a stupa and the walls have unique carvings with a relief of Hayati Tree. It is also flanked by Kinara-Kinari (a bird-headed human) and earthen jars.

The good thing is visitors are allowed to explore Pawon Temple freely. This makes a good adventure, somehow. The entrance of the temple is located in the west part and the doorway comes with Kalamakara ornament. Tourists would also find a chamber inside the temple. In the past, the chamber stores the famous Bodhisattva Statue, in fact! Unfortunately, tourists won’t be able to see it anymore these days.

Nearby Attractions

  • Karmawibangga Museum
  • DeBorobudur Rafting

How to Get There
First things come first. Tourists must reach Yogyakarta City before heading to Pawon Temple. Well, the best way is by airplane, actually. For those coming from Jakarta City, they only need to take an airplane at Soekarno – Hatta International Airport and head to Adisucipto International Airport. This flight may take around 1 hour and 10 minutes. Once tourists arrive at the airport, their next destination would be Borobudur Sub-District where Pawon Temple is located. This trip can be done by local transportation service and tourists must take Magelang – Yogyakarta Street for the fastest trip. The distance is 43.5 km, so this trip may take around 1 hour and 11 minutes.

Where to Stay

  • The Joglo Family Hotel
  • Amata Borobudur Resort
  • Shankara Inn


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