The Temples of Dieng, Singosari, and Trowulan

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Not much remains of the once powerful 13th century East Java kingdom of Singosari but this one exotic temple that stands at the town of Singosari, located south of Surabaya, the capital of East Java.

Not much remains of the once powerful 13th century East Java kingdom of Singosari but this one exotic temple that stands at the town of Singosari, located south of Surabaya, the capital of East Java.

Rediscovered in 1814, when an English soldier was on vacation to the plateau, the temple complex in Dieng Plateau is estimated to be built late in the 8th century until early in the 9th century, and considered as the oldest temples in Java.

Rediscovered in 1814, when an English soldier was on vacation to the plateau, the temple complex in Dieng Plateau is estimated to be built late in the 8th century until early in the 9th century, and considered as the oldest temples in Java.

The collection of small ancient temples set in the remarkable volcanic landscape of the Dieng Plateau, truly give the place its monumental name, Dieng or Dihyang which literally translates as ‘abode of the Gods’.

The collection of small ancient temples set in the remarkable volcanic landscape of the Dieng Plateau, truly give the place its monumental name, Dieng or Dihyang which literally translates as ‘abode of the Gods’.

Also known as The Temple of Kendedes, Singosari Temple was founded in honor to King Kertanegara, the last king of Singosari dynasty who died in 1292 AD.

Also known as The Temple of Kendedes, Singosari Temple was founded in honor to King Kertanegara, the last king of Singosari dynasty who died in 1292 AD.

Bearing the name of the wisest figure in the realm of Wayang, Semar Temple stands on the opposite side of Arjuna Temple

Bearing the name of the wisest figure in the realm of Wayang, Semar Temple stands on the opposite side of Arjuna Temple

Carved on the walls of the temples, the reliefs at the temples of Dieng are the legacy of ancient Javanese stone carving art.

Carved on the walls of the temples, the reliefs at the temples of Dieng are the legacy of ancient Javanese stone carving art.

One corner of the temple hold the mark of a restoration effort conducted in 1937.

One corner of the temple hold the mark of a restoration effort conducted in 1937.

Known as the Arjuna temples compound, Arjuna Temple, Srikandi Temple, Puntadewa Temple, Sembodro Temple, and Semar Temple stands magnificently at the center of the complex.

Known as the Arjuna temples compound, Arjuna Temple, Srikandi Temple, Puntadewa Temple, Sembodro Temple, and Semar Temple stands magnificently at the center of the complex.

The temples on Dieng Plateau are monuments to some of the Javanese exalted Wayang characters namely:  Arjuna, Semar, Srikandi, Puntadewa, Sembadra, Bima, Dwarawati, and Gatotkaca.

The temples on Dieng Plateau are monuments to some of the Javanese exalted Wayang characters namely: Arjuna, Semar, Srikandi, Puntadewa, Sembadra, Bima, Dwarawati, and Gatotkaca.

Beyond the fascinating temple complex of Dieng, Mount Prahu stand gallantly with its peak piercing the clouds.

Beyond the fascinating temple complex of Dieng, Mount Prahu stand gallantly with its peak piercing the clouds.

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