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“Being a gate to Borobudur, it was, perhaps, a place for purify the mind”
Review of Candi Pawon

Candi Pawon
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Private Tour of Borobudur, Pawon and Mendut Temple
Reviewed April 4, 2013

Candi Pawon (Buddhist temple dated 8th–9th centuries) is one and half kilometers westward from Mendut Temple and eastward from Borobudur Temple on a straight line. The easiest way to visit this place is on the way to/from Borobudur.

Most probably, this temple served to purify the mind prior to ascending Borobudur. Another suggestion is that this temple was probably built as a tomb or mortuary temple for a king. Local people say that the name "Pawon" was taken from a traditional Javanese language, meaning a place for cremation. Also this temple is called "Brajanalan" which comes from the Sanskrit words "Vajra" (thunder) and "Anala" (fire).

The single inner chamber no longer contains a statue, but the decorations indicate that it was once dedicated to Kuvera, the Buddhist God of Fortune. The outer walls are decorated with "Kalpataru" Wishing Trees as the main feature.

It is one of the best jewels of Javanese temple architecture. Must visit place. Entrance looks like free.

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Reviewed March 24, 2013

as I said, this temple cannot be ignored. it is told as a unity of the three temples: Borobudur, Mendut, Pawon, at least you should see it and take a pic. it is only a temple ruin and surrounded by villagers' houses.
get a horse carriage - I forgot the name- to get u around those three, for a day u rent it, u might get 75.000 to 100.000. as a intl tourist, dont get foold, at least u should get to pay 150 - 200.000
bargain is the most important thing!

1  Thank Widya_Lin
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Reviewed March 6, 2013

Candi Pawon is a 9th century Buddhist temple located about halfway between Borobudur and Prambanan. It has a similar volcanic rock construction as some of the other structures in the area and it makes an interesting stopover if you have some time to spare in Yogyakarta.

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Reviewed February 12, 2013

The temple is very small: one room only. Inside there is one of the rare statues of standing Buddha with two other big statues.
They are impressive and absolutely worth to be seen.

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Reviewed October 22, 2012

Candi Pawon is one of the three temples of the Bodobudur complex, dating back to the 8th century, made of volcanic rock. It is exactly halfway between Bodobudur and Mendut temples, and features Javanese Hindu and native carvings. Its purpose is to keep Vajranala, King Indra's weapon. It is well preserved but small and unimpressive. Only about a mile from Bodobudur it's easy enough to visit, but really as an attraction there's not much here to see.

The temple is really small, nothing like Bodobudur, and quite simple. You basically stop here for 5 minutes to take a photo and look at the carvings, and in return you are mauled by aggressive souvenir vendors who surround the temple. There is no entrance fee, it is so small that nobody would pay it. There are no services here and no guides, just a small temple in the middle of a street cul de sac. The real importance of it is during Vesak in May or June when buddhists pilgrimage from Mendut through Candi Pawon on their way to Bodobudur.

Unless you're doing the kind of dorky but kind of cute horse cart tour through the village, there's really no reason to go out of your way to come here. The souvenir vendors are very aggressive and hound you throughout your 5 minute stay making it not even worth coming. Stick to Borobudur.

1  Thank Johann&Sandra
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