I don’t know what we ate, but it destroyed our will to live. We got really sick eating Indonesian food, so we tried to take it easy for a few days. We booked the tour to visit Pramanban Temple at Sunset, it turned out better as the original tour was going to take us at 1:00 pm where the sun is so hot it wouldn’t be as enjoyable.
We jumped into the car but Sarah felt sick almost immediately so she decided to stay at the hotel to rest and recover instead. Knowing that Sarah has a really bad case of FOMO (fear of missing out), her decision on staying at the hotel was difficult but smart. I (Eitan) went ahead to visit this beautiful temple. I met these other awesome girls Lauren, Heather from Seattle, Riyao from NJ and Cathi from Germany.
The entrance ticket is almost $20, this is ridiculously expensive for a South East Asian sight and took us by surprise as it obviously a rip off where you cannot do anything about. Almost immediately at the entrance this girl offer her free services as a tour guide because she was a tour guide ‘trainee’, she gave us some information but honestly most of the time she didn’t really know anything. We couldn’t get rid of her as we felt bad so we kept her and lied on our finally review to her giving her an excellent grade.
Prambanan temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site was built in the 9th century, is the largest Hindu temple site in Indonesia, and one of the biggest in Southeast Asia. It is characterized by its tall and pointed architecture, typical of Hindu temple architecture, and by the towering 47-metre-high (154 ft) central building inside a large complex of individual temples.
Originally there were a total of 240 temples standing in Prambanan But there is only three main temples dedicated to Shiva, Visnu, and Brahma.
The engraving details that you can find around these temples are really nice,
Inside each temple there is a statue of a god, in this case Brahma which is the creator god. He has four faces looking into all directions.
Remember when I said that all indonesian kids wanted to take pictures with the white tourists? well, here its the same but on steroids. It became really annoying that we were forced to say “NO” a few times… its hard to be a celebrity these days.
This girls were in a school trip and they needed to practice their English by reading the story of this temple. I couldnt understand anything they were saying so I just awkwardly stayed there until they finished their recital. Another kid was filming the whole interaction to prove to their teachers that indeed they interacted with the rare “bleached people”.
The sunset was magnificent but unfortunately that temple closes at the best time, we needed to take the last pictures when we were already walking to the parking lot.
After the visit to the temples we went back to have dinner with all our new friends, Sarah was alive so she joined us for a delicious dinner and some Bali Hai beer. Tomorrow we go to the sunrise at Borobudur Temple.