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With the stupas of Candi Borobudur

Yogyakarta is pronounced as, and uncommonly spelled as Jogjakarta. Locals simply call it Jogja /JOGH-jah/. It is a host to temples which beginnings is even earlier to the construction of Khmer Empire’s Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom, and at the same time, a testament to Indonesia’s rich and extensive history. Aside from the temples, travelers could experience the best of Indonesia’s cuisine, night life, and hospitality in Yogyakarta. Yogyakarta does not limit to being a Read more

The Prambanan Temple

Whenever I travel, excitement always wakes me earlier than usual, no matter how tired I was the night before. My visit to Candi Prambanan is schedule at 6AM but I was wide awake at 4 o’clock. I had finished all the preparations and I couldn’t go back to sleep so I had to kill the time watching unfamiliar television shows. At 5:30, I left the hotel and walked towards the Read more

A Buddha statue inside a damaged Stupa in Borobudur

Honk! Honk! Honk! Those were the last sounds I heard in my dreams, which turned out to be a reality. The train that I hopped on the previous night in Jakarta was approaching its other end, the Tugu Station in Yogyakarta (or Jogjakarta or Jogja). I did not get that much  sleep I wanted, I was awake most of time because of excitement and of making acquaintance (I was sitting Read more

From Thommanon, our guide drove us to Ta Prohm, our final stop in our Angkor Tour. When Aaron heard that it was the featured location of Angelina Jolie’s  2001 film, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, he surprisingly got excited. Maybe he was already well rested when he refused to climb the Phimeanakas, and he’s also a great fan of places shown in the popular culture. When we arrived in Ta Prohm, we Read more

After getting dumbfounded in Angkor Wat, we headed to Angkor Thom and explored every temples within the complex. We stumbled in Bayon, ascened to the top of Baphuon, climbed the highest point of Phimeanakas, wondered around the Royal Palace, lingered the stretch of the Elephants Terrace, and roamed in the the channels of Leper King Terrace. It was an awesome temple run in Siem Reap. But hey, we weren’t done Read more

The Phimeanakas (or Prasat Phimean Akas) is a Khmer pyramid-like structure which name means celestial temple. It was built in the later part of 10th century and was situated at the heart of Angkor Thom‘s Royal Palace. The royal palace seats in the north of the Baphuon temple. Since the Royal Palace is pretty close to Baphuon, we visited it next. We followed a trail in a highly vegetated area Read more

Immediately after exiting the Bayon temple, we moved to the Baphuon temple. It is only few hundreds of meters (350+) away from Bayon, which includes the 150-meter walkway from the main road. The surroundings of the temple is a swamp, which gets deeper on wet season – so, its builders created an elevated pathway. The Baphuon temple is also located within the Angkor Thom complex like the Bayon. It is a three-tiered Read more