Yogyakarta is known for its many ancient buildings, monuments and temples, and one of them is Candi Sambisari, a Hindu temple that was constructed in the 9th Century. “Candi” is a term used to pertain to any ancient structure, so do not misunderstand it as some sort of sugary-sweet confection: if anything, the Yogyakarta candi are actually more awe-inspiringly majestic than sweetly appealing. Tourists come to Yogyakarta primarily to see ruins like the Sambisari temple. Candi Sambisari is located in the village of Purwomartani near the Adisucipto International Airport about 9 km east of downtown Yogyakarta. Yogyakarta is the capital of Yogyakarta province, located south of Central Java.
Sambisari was accidentally unearthed by a farmer in July 1966. While working on the land, his hoe hit a carved stone that was part of the buried temple. News spread fast and soon enough Indonesia’s Office of Archaeology in Prambanan secured the area and began excavation. The temple was buried deep in volcanic ash believed to be from an eruption of the nearby Mount Merapi. Sambisari finally saw the light of day once again in March 1987. It was an exciting moment, and city officials wonder if there are other hidden temples underneath Mount Merapi ash yet to be discovered. [Read more...]