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Review of Candi Pawon

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Sunrise and Temples Tour from Yogyakarta
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
“OK only”
Reviewed June 15, 2013

It is a very small ancient Buddhist temple and very near Borobudur. 5 minutes is all it takes to cover this attraction. A minor attraction only.

Visited June 2013
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Beijing, China
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“Small but nice”
Reviewed April 17, 2013

This temple is a small temple surrounded by huts used as souvenir stalls. The temple itself is very small having a footrprint of about 12m square. The architecture is very well kept and the details of the sculpture are very intricate. Compared to the main temple of Borobudur this is an anti-climax but for those interested in such architectural gems still standing after 1300 years it is a must see. The ticket costs US$3 and comprises the entrance to Mendut temple as well so for a few bucks you can get to see two temples even older than the main one of the area.

Visited April 2013
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Volgograd, Russia
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“Being a gate to Borobudur, it was, perhaps, a place for purify the mind”
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.

Visited January 2013
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Banjarmasin, Kalimantan Selatan, Indonesia
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“A ruin that can't be ignore”
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!

Visited February 2013
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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“Small but nice”
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.

Visited October 2012
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