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“Well worth a visit but don't forget the Museum up the road”
Review of Penataran Temple

Penataran Temple
Reviewed November 7, 2012

An interesting place to stop in at on your way through along the south coast road.
Detailed Relief work and well maintained yards mark this important landmark
The exposed temple site is much smaller than perhaps well known sites such as Deing, Borobodur, Prambanan, Kalisan, Plaosan etc
but in its defence the relief work is much more detailed and the complex offers a fascinating insight into the Majipahit era prior to the great exodus to Bali in 1478.
Staff at rthe museum up the road past the pubic swimming pool are extremely helpful and friendly and speak reasonable broken english
As others have commented the translations at the actual site are appalling so research online prior to going

2  Thank Big_Yob
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Reviewed October 26, 2012

The Temple is quite well maintained, clean. but lack of interesting attraction. We're just seeing around the temple. nearly nothing to do. Local visitors have "picnic" under shady area (not many)
For travelers who use the public transportation like I did. It's another story. There's only one public transportation that can brings you to the site. a yellow mini van with code Blitar - Penataran. Take on from Pasar Legi (Legi Market). and we have to wait about 30 minutes to get the van.

1  Thank RochmanLJ
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Reviewed September 18, 2012

truly there is not much to see. There are a few partial temples with some well preserved reliefs. Although we were on a private tour, our tour guide had the security guard who has learned this place for decades show us around. A positive is there were no other tourists. We were visiting Indonesia for 3weeks so this was one of the sites recommended.

2  Thank 2travel4fun007
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Reviewed July 31, 2012

it's located in Blitar, 2 hours from malang. The location is in the same direction if you want to reach mount Kelud (one of volcano in east java).
To get there you'll need to rent a car with a good driver, because there's not much sign to locate the place. The cost appr 500.000 IDR to rent the car.
When u get there, there's a parking lot near the small shops selling chips and fruits sometimes. Then U can walk to the temple area, first fill in the guest book and give some money as u concern about the preservation of the temple. It's not too big, there's statues, sculpture and some temples. and don't forget to go down the stairs and see the 'kolam' (pond). The surrounding views is very Indonesian with rice fields and coconut trees.
I suggest you also to visit mount kelud after u visit Penataran, it's about 1hour trip to go.

5  Thank YonaOneSidarta
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Reviewed March 23, 2012

The grounds were well maintained and there was an explanation in English on a large bulletin board. English could be improved. Best to read about it yourself beforehand.

3  Thank Natalie1408
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