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Candi Pawon

Visit this temple to discover a tiny gem of ancient architectural perfection. The origins of this historic site remain a mystery that fascinates archaeologists.

Pawon Temple, also known as Candi Pawon, is a small but architecturally perfect site of Buddhist worship. Its flawless symmetry and elaborate details are all the more impressive when you consider that it was built hundreds of years ago. Admire its astonishing craftsmanship while you ponder the mysteries that still surround its original purpose to this day.

The temple was likely built in the 9th century, as were the two larger Buddhist temples nearby, Mendut Temple and Borobudur Temple. The three are believed to share a symbolic connection, as they were built in a perfectly straight line. The exact nature of this connection is unknown, as is the original purpose of Pawon Temple. There is some evidence that the temple was once a royal tomb or cremation site, but the identity of the monarch who may have been buried here is unknown.

It’s hard not think of this mystery as you explore the temple. Walk towards it and imagine an ancient funeral procession marching towards this beautiful structure. Every angle of this neat little building holds some beautiful detail. Give yourself plenty of time to look at the stunning carvings all around the entrance. These include Kala-Makara, traditional Indonesian head carvings that combine human and animal elements.

Walk around the building and pick out the detailed human figures that adorn its exterior walls. Then enter the temple and enjoy a moment of peace. There is little to look at in the inside, as the architecture here is quite simple and without much decoration. However, the atmosphere is quiet and calming. Enjoy taking some time to think about the history of this spiritual place.

There is a small entrance fee you must pay in order to visit Pawon Temple. Remember to dress modestly to show your respect for the religious importance of this site. The temple is around 1 mile (2 kilometers) from the more famous Borobudur, so combine both into one daytrip. Allow over an hour to get from Yogyakarta to Pawon Temple by taxi, then walk the short distance to Borobudur.

Popular Activities at Candi Pawon

Ensure you have lots of time at Candi Pawon. Below are the top activities:

When organizing your trip, you might want to think about purchasing a Private Borobudur & Ancient Temples Tour or a Full-Day Jeep Tour to Merapi Volcano & Borobudur.

If you're seeking more options, check out our Borobudur things to do page.


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Sarasvati Borobudur $59
Sarasvati Borobudur

Sarasvati Borobudur

Jl. Balaputradewa 10, Borobudur, Central Java
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Borobudur, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Candi Pawon and Borobudur Temple. Samudraraksa Museum and Mendut Buddhist Monastery are also within 2 mi (3 km).

    OYO 598 Udan Mas Guesthouse& Gallery $9
    OYO 598 Udan Mas Guesthouse& Gallery

    OYO 598 Udan Mas Guesthouse& Gallery

    Kp.Brojolan RT2/1,Jalan Jendral Sudirman, Borobudur, Dusun 1, Wanurejo, Borobudur, Mungkid, Central Java
       
      2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Mungkid, this hostel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Candi Pawon and 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Borobudur Temple. Mendut Buddhist Monastery and Candi Mendut are also within 1 mi (2 km).

      Shankara Borobudur $52
      Shankara Borobudur

      Shankara Borobudur

      18 Jalan Balaputradewa, Borobudur
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Borobudur, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Candi Pawon and Borobudur Temple. Samudraraksa Museum and Mendut Buddhist Monastery are also within 2 mi (3 km).

        Sinom Borobudur Hotel $39
        Sinom Borobudur Hotel

        Sinom Borobudur Hotel

        Gg. Ngaran I, Borobudur, Yogyakarta
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Borobudur, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mi (2 km) of Samudraraksa Museum and Borobudur Temple. Candi Pawon and Mendut Buddhist Monastery are also within 3 mi (5 km).

          OYO 860 Rajasa Hotel $9
          OYO 860 Rajasa Hotel

          OYO 860 Rajasa Hotel

          2, Jl. Badrawati No.2, Dusun XVIII,, Borobudur,, Borobudur
             
            2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Borobudur, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Samudraraksa Museum and Borobudur Temple. Candi Pawon and Mendut Buddhist Monastery are also within 3 mi (5 km).

            Omah Kulon Cabins and Pool $26
            Omah Kulon Cabins and Pool

            Omah Kulon Cabins and Pool

            Tingal Kulon Wanurejo Borobudur, Borobudur, Central Java
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Borobudur, this guesthouse is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Candi Pawon and 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Borobudur Temple. Samudraraksa Museum and Mendut Buddhist Monastery are also within 2 mi (3 km).

              Wahid Borobudur $40
              Wahid Borobudur

              Wahid Borobudur

              Jln. Medang Kamulan, Janan Village, Borobudur, Central Java
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Borobudur, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Samudraraksa Museum and Borobudur Temple. Candi Pawon and Mendut Buddhist Monastery are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                Cempaka Villa Borobudur $35
                Cempaka Villa Borobudur

                Cempaka Villa Borobudur

                Jalan Badrawati, Dusun Ngaran Lor, Borobudur
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Borobudur, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Samudraraksa Museum and Borobudur Temple. Candi Pawon and Mendut Buddhist Monastery are also within 3 mi (5 km).