Sambisari Temple, Cultural Tourism in Sleman Regency

Helloindonesia.id – Sambisari Temple is a historical heritage that was built during the heyday of Hindu Mataram. This ancient building is located in Sambisari Hamlet, Purwomartani Village, Kalasan District, Sleman.

Founded in the 9th century during the reign of Rakai Garung, this temple has its own uniqueness. The lower location of the surrounding village land makes visitors have to go down the stairs after passing the temple entrance window. That is why, from the parking area which is not far away, this temple building is not visible.

For several centuries, the building of the Sambisari Temple was buried. It is estimated that this occurred due to the large eruption of Mount Merapi in 1006 AD.

The existence of this temple began to unfold after a farmer named Karyowinangun found one part of the temple when hoeing his rice fields in 1966. Based on these findings, the Antiquities Service then conducted research and excavation.

It took 2 decades to complete the excavation process until the reconstruction of the building. This temple was completely restored in 1987. This historical heritage is named after the village where this building was found.

Based on the results of archaeological research, the Sambisari Temple was built around the second decade of the 9th century AD, or two centuries before the Merapi eruption in 1006. The king in power in Hindu Mataram in that period was Rakai Garung (828-846 AD).

At present, Sambisari Temple is opened as one of the cultural destinations in Sleman Regency, Special Region of Yogyakarta. The location is not far from the city of Yogyakarta, about 12 kilometers to the east, can be taken about half an hour by motorized vehicle.

The visitors should come to this place the morning before the sun feels hot. Shelter is rarely found around this place. In the morning there were not many visitors who came so we could freely go around enjoying the architecture of the temple.

Visitors can also come in the afternoon when the sun is no longer hot. However, in the afternoon there will also be more visitors. Usually the most visits occur in the afternoon during holidays.

If visitors want to see the green grass around the temple then come in the rainy season. During the dry season, the grass will dry out and the color will turn brownish yellow. Of course choose a sunny day so you don’t get distracted when visiting the temple.

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