Looking at the structure up-close, the temple was constructed out of massive slabs cut to the shapes and sizes that eventually formed the temple structure. It would be a massive project of great effort and commitment. Human capabilities are immense. These slabs would have to be cut from boulders using tools which would be very inferior by today's equipment. Without the CAD drawing that designers and architects of today could not do without, one wondered how the people of the ancient, built great buildings that stood the test of time.
This period was the school holidays and there were already crowds arriving for the visit. Entry fee was IR8,000, very affordable to everyone.
The whole area is big. There is also a musuem within the complex and a mini-theatre where one could watch a video presentation of the history of the temple complex. There was also a courtyard and I chanced upon a function, which included a fashion show. On this trip, I planned to travel light and therefore carried Raqim's (my son) trustworthy Panasonic digital camera. If I had carried my heavier EOS Canon, I could probably spent sometimes photographing these beautiful Javanese .......... clothings
A nice cozy restaurant was also found in the complex. Slightly upmarket by Indonesian standard, it was mainly patronage by foreigners, me included. It had a nice ambience with plenty of local artificats and crafts. What caught my eyes had to be the Othell speda. I need to research why it's callled an Othell.
And I would see plenty of these spedas as I cycled past the numerous villages much later in my journey.
I saw this very colorful mosque minaret on the way to Prambanan but decided to capture it upon my return since by then, the sun would be in my favor. Must be quite an effort to paint the minarets.