Alhamdulillah (Praise be to Allah) that the day started off with clear skies …. The plan for the day was a trip to Candi (Temple ) Prambanan which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Candi Prambanan is the largest Hindu temple site in Indonesia and is located about 17 km away from Yogyarkarta.
I took the Trans Jogja bus service from a bus stop near my hotel and within 45 minutes, I was in front of the Prambanan Temple complex. Not bad for a Rupiah 3000 ( around 30US cents) bus fare I thought but I was in for a surprise as the entrance fee to the Prambanan Temple complex cost me Rupiah 250,000( Around US 25 Dollars). Since I was there I just did what tourists do …Pay the entrance fee which I thought was too steep.
On the Trans Jogja bus to Prambanan.
Entrance to Candi (Temple) Prambanan.
It was fabled that the complex was built in one night by a prince that killed the father of the princess that he wanted to marry. The princess agreed to marry him with the condition that he built a thousand statues in one night. The prince, with the help of spirits were on track and on time with 999 temples built but the princess with the help of the women in the village pounded rice and set fire to the edge of the temple to attempt to fool the prince and the spirits that dawn has arrived. The prince was furious and he made her the last statue.
Candi Prambanan Museum
Candi Prambanan Deer Park
Candi Prambanan Deer Park
Candi Prambanan Deer
To me, there was nothing spectacular about this complex despite the hefty entrance fee. Snapped a few photographs of the temple and the surroundings which includes a Museum and a deer farm. I spent more than an hour around the Prambanan Temple Complex before taking the Trans Jogja bus back to Jogjarkarta.
The bus made a stop at the Airport where I got off and took a taxi to the Indonesian Air Force Museum which was the primary reason why I visited Yogyarkarta in the first place. After negotiating the price (which is a MUST) I arrived at the Museum and felt excited as a schoolboy on a field trip for the first time …….
The Indonesian Air Force Museum is very simple but well maintained and informative too. The exhibits were from the World War 2 era, the Eastern Bloc era and the modern era. The exhibit that caught my eye was the Tupolev 16 Badger bomber aircraft that took part in “Operation Trikora” being the capture of Western New Guinea from the Netherlands.
Airman statue, Indonesian Air Force Museum.
Tupolev 16 Badger Bomber.
Surface to Air (SAM) Missile.
A4 Skyhawk ( Ex Isreali Air Force )
Indonesian Air Force Museum entrance.
Mistsubishi Zero Fighter.
B 25 Mitchell Liberator Bomber.
Soviet Made MIG 15.
Boeing Stearman PT 13 Kaydet.
Soviet Surface to Air (SAM) Missile.
Print of F5Es of Indonesian Air Force which was not for sale.
KS -1 Komet Anti Ship Missle
I spent more than 2 hours at the Museum enjoying every moment of it. It was worth the wait for me as I had postponed this trip numerous times. Alhamdulillah ( Praise be to Allah ) that my patience paid off and was worth the time and effort .
Indonesian Rock band
Arrived back at the hotel just in time as the clouds burst into thunderstorms again …. stayed in the hotel room and later that night, I went to another club that offers Indonesian rock music and I really enjoyed myself ….Wink Wink. Walked back to the hotel and stopped for supper and the signature Kopi Jos …….