Kraton Ratu Boko

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Introduction

The double main gate

The double main gate

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Kraton Ratu Boko, located on a limestone hill overlooking Prambanan village, is not a temple, but believed to have been established as a Buddhist monastery and later converted into a court of the Mataram Empire. This is based on the inscriptions on a stone (prasasti) found on the site, which declare that king Rakai Panangkaran (746-784 AD) named the site Abhayagiri Wihara, meaning more or less “the peaceful Buddhist priests’ abode on a hill”. But later the name was proclamed to be Kraton Walaing by the vassal king Rakai Walaing Pu Khumbayoni, who adhered to Hinduism. That would explain that Kraton Ratu Boko contains both Buddhist and Hindu elements.

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Opening Hours

6:00am to 5:30pm. Once one has entered before 5.30pm one may stay to witness the sun set. Since August 17th, 2012, one is obliged to wear a batik sarung, because the site is considered sacred. The sarung is provided for free - of course one has to return it at the end of one’s visit.

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Cost

As a foreign visitor one has to pay the equivalent of USD 25 for admission to the park, children aged 3-10 pay USD 15. Combination tickets Prambanan/Ratu Boko are available for USD 40 (children USD 25). This means one saves USD 10 per person, as a ticket for Prambanan only costs the same as for Kraton Ratu Boko only. The combination ticket includes free shuttle service between the two sites. If you add USD 5 you can also visit Plaosan and Sojiwan temples.

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Sights and Activities

The complex is large, expect to spend an hour strolling around the site. There is no hop-on hop-off train available like at the Prambanan temple site. Unfortunately one needs some imagination to visualize what the royal court may have looked like. Most remains are piles of stone or roughly renovated constructions: no statues or carvings.

The 'keputren'

The 'keputren'

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The double Main Gate has been reinforced with concrete slabs. Next one encounters is a large square pedestal, presumably a former Crematory. Crossing the Courtyard (alun-alun) one reaches the Reception Hall (pendopo). This is a large elevated stone field, the superstructure and roof may have been of wood. Behind it lie a number of large pools, referred to as the keputren, which must have been a Bathing Place. They are now filled with stagnant greenish water. In bygone ages running water must have been available. Intriguing are the Caves, evidently artificial and probably once used for meditation.

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Getting There

By Foot

At 3 kilometres from either the Prambanan temple site or the railway station and 2 kilometres from the bus station Kraton Ratu Boko a bit too far for walking. So use the free shuttle service from the temple site, or a becak or motorcycle taxi from the station. The main entrance lies near the foot of the hill. Those who can’t negotiate several flights of stairs are advised to go by car to the parking higher up.

By Car

Cars and taxis can make a detour half around the hill to reach a parking almost at the level of the Ratu Boko site.

By Bus

From downtown Yogyakarta (Tugu railway station, Malioboro street, the post office) or from Adi Sutjipto airport, take Trans Yogya bus line 1A to Prambanan terminal.

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Eat and Drink

There is a restaurant, Resto Boko, near the entrance of the site.

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Sleep

  • Poeri Devata Resort Hotel - The most upmarket Prambanan has to offer. It is conveniently located at a few minutes walk from the ballet venue, therefore a good choice if one does not want to return to Yogya at night after attending a performance.

Budget Hotels

There is a string of budget hotels on Jalan Candi Sewu, the road where one finds the entrance to the UNESCO Site: Candi View, Prambanan Indah etc.

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