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The Sambisari Temple

Purwomartani Village | Kalasan, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
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Ranked #5 of 61 attractions in Yogyakarta
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Religious Sites
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East Bay, near San Francisco
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114 reviews 114 reviews
24 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

This small Hindu temple is quiet, un-touristed, and lovely. Be prepared for steps, since the temple is sunken. The site consists of one, lovely, restored main temple, and several unrestored side buildings. Climbing the steps to the main temple brings you to the sacred "linga" area. Other lovely statues are inset into niches on the outside of the building. Since... More

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Yogyakarta, Indonesia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

So you went to Prambanan and Borobudur temples while you're in Yogya? Boring. Please visit this secluded temple that not many people know! It might be a little difficult to find, but the price of admission is way cheap, anyway. Never in doubt to visit this one. Unlike other temples which makes you have to take the stairs to go... More

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Central Coast, NSW, Australia
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345 reviews 345 reviews
251 attraction reviews
270 helpful votes 270 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

I really liked this temple. A little off the beaten track but very close to Yogya airport. It was so much more peaceful than the over-rated Prambanan. This is the most picturesque temple we saw in Indonesia, including Tanah Lot.

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Singapore, Singapore
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44 reviews 44 reviews
34 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

I went there by motorbike. At first I cannot find it, cause it is "underground", but a small sign seems to show me that I have reach, so I stop and ask the people if this is the place. This temple really surprise me. Very peaceful, quiet temple in a village setting.

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Melbourne, Australia
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12 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Another beautiful temple in Jogja, found when a farmer was ploughing his land to put in rice fields. Has been well restored and there is a small little museum that has great before and after pictures so you can see the work involved. Also very peaceful as there are very few tourists.

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80 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

Sambisari Temple (free ticket), you just need to record your information in a record book then straight go in. Opens from Mon-Sun 6am-5:30pm。This is an underground temple in a beautiful garden.

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Hamilton, Montana
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20 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014 via mobile

Thanks for the reviews. We put this on our list and thoroughly enjoyed the visit. A lovely green setting frames this little jewel of a temple. Nicely restored since well over 60 percent of original material was identified. Very few visitors and in that way more charming than the larger temple sites. Well worth the visit and not far off... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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15 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

The temple is cool but if you are not satisfied walking around the temple, you can enter the information space. there, you can see pictures of the excavation, reconstruction, and the relics of the temple and bronze statues are now in the Archaeological Heritage Preservation Hall.

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Regensburg, Germany
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26 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

not even my guide and driver found the way immediately, and I was the only guest at this temple. its not far away from kalasan and prambanan, and definitely worth the 10 detour and 15 min walk across the place. cost 2000 IDR and was maintained exceptionally, very clean and a friendly guy at the entrance.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

A must see for historians. Hard to believe it was buried for so long. Small entrance fee and great information room. Bilingual information.

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