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Kalasan Temple

Marvel at the ancient sculptures, carvings and motifs when you visit the oldest Buddhist temple in Central Java and Yogyakarta.

Dating back to the 8th century, the Kalasan Temple is an extraordinary Buddhist structure that still stands today. The polygonal structure is built on a rectangular base and contains many rooms featuring ecclesiastical statues and images. Wander through the chambers of this significant temple and imagine events here more than 1,000 years ago.

Gaze up at the octagonal roof with carved Buddha images and bas-reliefs. Note how the partially ruined building is covered in mossy growths. Capture photos of the immense structure against a blue sky and the green line of a forest. An inscription found near the temple suggests Rakai Panangkaran, the king of the Shailendra dynasty, constructed it in A.D. 778.

The structure has sides measuring around 150 feet (45 meters) and its summit is 110 feet (34 meters) high. Notice the ornaments of climbing plants that rise from pots. Admire the ornate décor of the interior, with sculptures of Bodhisattva and Gana throughout the temple.

Enter the smallest of the rooms and note the lotus pedestals that show it once contained statues of Bodhisattvas. Visit another small room with a sculpture of a lion standing atop the back of an elephant. Enjoy the rock carvings and flower motifs that line the walls. The temple’s roof is made up of many domes, some of which are damaged.

There is a fee to enter the complex and to leave your car in the parking lot. Note that the name of the temple refers to the surrounding area of Kalasan. The structure’s true name is the Tara Temple.

The Kalasan Temple is in the Prambanan Valley in the eastern outskirts of Yogyakarta, about 8 miles (13 kilometers) from the city center. Book a guide to take you from your hotel in the city to the complex. Visit nearby attractions, such as the Ratu Boko spiritual complex and the Prambanan Temple.


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Jl. Raya Jogya - Solo KM 14, Kalasan, Yogyakarta
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Kalasan, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.2 km) from Kalasan Temple and 2 mi (3.2 km) from Prambanan Temple. Candi Kalasan and Candi Sari are also within 15 minutes.

    Airy Bandara Adisutjipto Kalasan Sleman Yogyakarta
    Airy Bandara Adisutjipto Kalasan Sleman Yogyakarta

    Airy Bandara Adisutjipto Kalasan Sleman Yogyakarta

    Jl. Raya Yogya-Solo KM. 14, Sleman, Kalasan, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Kalasan, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Kalasan Temple and 2 mi (3.3 km) from Prambanan Temple. Candi Kalasan and Candi Sari are also within 15 minutes.

      Homestay Ndalam Mbak Charly $8
      Homestay Ndalam Mbak Charly

      Homestay Ndalam Mbak Charly

      Jalan Nuri 1, Caturtungal, Depok, Kalasan, Yogyakarta
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Kalasan, this bed & breakfast is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Candi Sari and 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Prambanan Temple. Kalasan Temple and Candi Kalasan are also within 2 mi (3 km).

        RedDoorz near Candi Ratu Boko $10
        RedDoorz near Candi Ratu Boko

        RedDoorz near Candi Ratu Boko

        Jl. Raya Piyungan - Prambanan, Bokoharjo, Prambanan
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Prambanan, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Ratu Boko Palace and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Prambanan Temple. Sojiwan Temple and Ramayana Ballet are also within 2 mi (3 km).

          OYO 405 Wisma Yosoputro $9
          OYO 405 Wisma Yosoputro

          OYO 405 Wisma Yosoputro

          Cupuwatu I, Cupuwatu II, Purwomartani, Kalasan,Kabupaten Sleman,Daerah Istimewa, Kalasan
             
            2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Kalasan, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Sambisari Temple, Kalasan Temple, and Candi Kalasan. Adisucipto Golf Course and Candi Sari are also within 3 mi (5 km).

            INNSIDE by Meliá Yogyakarta $37
            INNSIDE by Meliá Yogyakarta

            INNSIDE by Meliá Yogyakarta

            JL. Ring Road Utara, Maguwoharjo, Depok, Yogyakarta
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Depok, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of TransMart Studio Mini, Sambisari Temple, and Maguwoharjo Stadium. Jogja Bay and Museum Dirgantara are also within 3 mi (5 km).

              Poeri Devata Resort Hotel $33
              Poeri Devata Resort Hotel

              Poeri Devata Resort Hotel

              Klurak - Taman Martani, Kalasan, Sleman, Prambanan, Yogyakarta
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Ramayana Ballet and Prambanan Temple. Plaosan Temple and Tebing Breksi are also within 6 mi (10 km).

                larisa homestay
                larisa homestay

                larisa homestay

                Jalan Purwomartani, Gang Kamboja 31 B, Kalasan
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Nestled on the beach, this Kalasan guesthouse is within 3 mi (5 km) of Sambisari Temple, Adisucipto Golf Course, and Kalasan Temple. Candi Kalasan and Candi Sari are also within 3 mi (5 km).