Sleepless in Java, Indonesia

Borobudur Indonesia

We may run, walk, stumble, drive, or fly,
but let us never lost sight of the reason for the journey,
or miss a chance to see a rainbow on the way.

From wandering around Borobudur Temple, we continued the day to a short trip at a Batik Shop, then headed to Prambanan Temple. The heat didn’t spare us with exhaustion and by the time we reached our car service, Mr. Haven Hunter and I immediately fell into slumber.

 

Needless to say, we aren’t aware how much traffic we have to go through. I’m not sure if our driver Toto was following a speed limit or he really drives moderately. We reached Prambanan Temple at 5:00 PM, that left us an hour to wander around it’s full glory until it closes for the day.

We headed to a separate building where foreigners can lounge and pay for the entrance fee. Rates are: Adult USD 15 & Student USD 8. This already includes refreshments, coffee or water at the lounge area and Camera & Video Fee.

Prambanan is the ninth century Hindu temple compound in Central Java, Indonesia, dedicated to Trimurti, the expression of God as the Creator (Brahma), the Sustainer (Vishnu) and the Destroyer (Shiva). It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is the largest Hindu temple in Indonesia. There are 224 temples in the complex; dominated by three towering temples on the central terrace.

These ancient masterpieces of Hindu architecture is more beautiful and intricate than Borobudur Temple. It feels eerie to touch something historical as this site. It is as if it bounces an immeasurable energy to tell everyone it’s bygone story beyond the massive ruins.

Only few people were roaming around by sunset, perhaps most tourists were still battling they’re way out of Borobudur Temples. Sheesh, I still can’t get over how overly crowded it was.

By 6 PM we started to walk towards the exit. We were actually looking for the entrance to Prambanan Open Air Theatre for the evening performance of Ramayana Ballet, but were unsuccessful. Good thing, Toto, fetch us through the entrance door, and said he’ll just drop us to other gate. We urge Toto to first find us some good place for dinner before we head to the 7:30 PM Show.

He drives towards Prambanan Garden Cafe right next to the entrance door of the theatre. Oh no. It was out of budget but the Mister insist that we try the dinner buffet. As if we had a choice, inasmuch as we wanted, they don’t offer any ala carte.

Prambanan Garden Cafe has a lovely setting anyways, across the lawn from our table, the evening glow of Prambanan temple looks amazing. The whole complex is illuminated with yellowish light bulbs. The moon peaks from the sky.

This is the view from our table. See how lovely the evening is. Who can resist paying for a hefty IDR 70,000 each Dinner Buffet for that beautiful landscape?

The menu includes Asian delicacies that I recognized, but I only had one go, since I’m not really hungry.

After our sumptuous and expensive dinner, we headed our way to the entrance gate. Since we already bought our tickets at Sosro Tours, we only paid for the use of camera inside the theater. I find it odd that you have to pay for video and photo. I was actually disappointed that we didn’t get the VIP tickets earlier that day, since we actually spent the same thing, having to dine at the restaurant.

VIP tickets get the front row seats and and are indulged with snacks and refreshments plus a buffet dinner at the Restaurant.  While we get to seat at the Premium Area.

VIP IDR 250.000
Preferred Seat IDR 175.000
Premium Seat IDR 150.000
Standard Seat IDR 75.000

The Ramyana Ballet is a dramatic performance that tells the epical dimensions and living legend for millennia. It is a story of Ramayana, the classic Hindu tale of honour, magic and courage. This ancient literature focus on the tale of the heroic Prince Rama and his loyal wife Sita.

Performed on various dates over a six-month period, the Ramyana Ballet involves hundreds of dancers and is performed in a wonderful outdoor setting within the country’s famous Prambanan temple complex. Built in the ninth century, the temple is the largest complex of its kind in Java and is famed throughout the whole of Indonesia for its spectacular beauty.

This performance is able to unite various Javanese arts such as dance, drama and music on one stage and one momentum to present the Ramayana story, a legendary epos written by Walmiki in Sanskrit language.

I’m so bad at waiting time. I actually lost count on how many times I doze off before and during the show. The 3 hours show is so not good for sleepless souls. Don’t get me wrong but the performance is awesome. The choice of music though, gets into my spine that sets me off to dreamland.

After the show, we were given a chance to go on stage and take photos with the performers.

Toto was waiting for us at the parking area. He dropped us at Jalan Sosrowijayan and call it a night.

Mr. HH and I just changed clothes and check out if we can do some souvenir shopping at Malioboro Street. Turns out the shops are starting to close to make way for “lesehan” or night dining.  Warung is a store that sells food and drinks, while lesehan means sitting on mats.

I’m still full from our buffet dinner so we just got a refreshment from the nearby 24-hours McDonald’s. We went back to our room and prepare for our early day 2: Road Trip from Jogja to Bromo.

You can check out our full Indonesia itinerary here.

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  • Reply Suhasini August 8, 2010 at 1:40 am

    Indonesia appears to be fantastic. The way how you have covered the place in this post really makes me feel like travelling to Indonesia for my next vacation.

    Regards,
    Suhasini
    http://indiancolumbus.blogspot.com/
    A unique travel blog

  • Reply Backpacking Indonesia Itinerary | Weekend Haven August 12, 2010 at 5:21 am

    […] by at Batik Shop 16:00 Start of Prambanan Tour 18:30 Dinner at Prambanan Garden Restaurant 19:30 Ramayana Ballet Show 21:30 End of Show 22:00 Back in Yogyakarta Went around Malioboro to scout for souvenirs but stores […]

  • Reply Jamie August 26, 2010 at 1:22 am

    These pictures remind me of Siem Reap. The temples, the cultural show. That’s interesting to know. :)

  • Reply chyng October 2, 2010 at 2:56 am

    might be skipping the sunrise tour and just visit this one, mahina tuhod ng kasama ko.
    (aral-aralan ako ng IT mo, malapit na piso fare eh) =)

    • havenhunter
      Reply havenhunter October 16, 2010 at 1:55 pm

      Awww. Good luck on your trip. Be prepared to get toast though. super init specially on midday. :)

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