Sets in an alluring part of Batur Agung hills. Ijo temple completes the luxuriant beauty of Yogyakarta. Lies in 450 high in Gumuk Ijo hillside. The temple is not merely a complex of ancient buildings. It offers magnificent scenery, green lush landscape. Yet offering a quiet ambiance of a holistic Hindu place.
The temple’s area is open wide, giving a bare peek of the natural landscape of Yogyakarta city. The west part of the complex is a window to glimpse at green fields to small towns. And it ends with Parangtritis beach. Such a heartbreak for leaving Yogyakarta without visiting this ancient place.
Ijo Multiple Temples
Ijo temple owns multiple complexes separate by the green terraces. The main complex sticks out highest in the east part. It owns four ancient temple buildings. And the other three small temples built for the three Gods: Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. In addition to that. There are 10 other structures with their own unique carving that speaks for Hindu strong mythology.
One of the most outstanding carvings in the main temple is the head of Kala. The head of Kala carving sets on the entrance door. While in two front windows, a stack of Kala’s head is there too. This figure speaks for the Hindu and Buddhist mythology of a bad giant.
In history, Kalamakara was once a God with a beautiful face. But his attitude was not as good as his looks. With that kind of bad attitude, Sang Hyang Widi cursed him. Making his whole body transformed into a big and scary looking giant. The giant eats every single animal that he met. Finally, when there was nothing left, he eats his whole body yet left his head.
As history tells about a bad giant, people find this figure is scary. The giant Kalamakara reflects the cruelest beast of all. Therefore, in the Buddhist temples. Kala’s carving is put in the entrance to prevent dark demons from coming. Hence, in some temples. The face of Kala is portrayed with two jaws. Showing how dreadful the character is.
In the threshold, visitors are welcome with a couple of dragon carvings with an open mouth. A little carving of cockatoo rambles out of the dragon’s mouth. Meanwhile, still in the same place, a carving of Hindu mythology called Makara sets in. It is a myth of half-elephant and half-fish. Such a thorough story reflects in the beautiful carvings.
Right in the center part, a Lingga and Yoni placed above a cobra. In Hinduism, Lingga symbolizes the manhood, while Yoni symbolizes the womanhood. When the two united, a huge power will reinstate. Life will all be balance again.
This philosophy does not only present through carvings. But also in Suci Rahinu Wengi. It is a traditional snack that Hindus have in particular religious celebrations.
Sunset & Landscape View
Ijo temple offers a calm, natural, and beautiful landscape to enjoy. In a day, many visitors come to enjoy the magnificent view of Yogyakarta’s sunset. At around 4 to 5 p.m., the sun starts to set, giving a warm light that bounces off between the temples. Leaving seconds for guests to feel the harmonious escapade of nature.
Challenging Steep Road
Due to its place on a high hillside. Visitors need to pass an uphill track to reach the temple. On the side road, trees are planted around. Giving a pleasant view while getting to the temple. The road takes around 5 minutes to get to the temple with a motorcycle or car. However, please bear in mind that sometimes. It takes longer due to an enormous number of visitors on holiday.
Not only passing the chains of trees. People will also be passing Tebing Breksi. It is a tourist attraction that offers a landscape view of cliffs. Since the site is near the temple, people will rather go to Tebing Breksi first, then temple after.
Ijo Temple Opening Hours
Ijo temple is open from 08.00 am to 05.00 pm. But visitors are welcome to stay a bit more to see the sunset. At a certain spot in the temple. Guests can perfectly see the airplane going down to Adisucipto International Airport.
|Ijo Temple Opening Hours|
|Every day||08:00 – 17:00|
Ijo Temple Entrance Fee
The entrance fee for foreign tourists cost Rp10.000 per person. There is an additional cost for parking fees Rp2000 for motorcycle and Rp5.000 for a car.
|Ijo Temple Entrance Fee|
|Children & Adult||Rp10.000|
As a prime gem, the Ijo temple has complete and well-maintain facilities. Toilets and praying rooms for Muslims are available near the temple complex. A parking area also lays wide outside the temple area. Several coffee shops are also there to complete guests’ sunset time with coffee.
How To Get To Ijo Temple
Ijo temple is located in Madurejo, Sleman Regency, Yogyakarta. It averagely takes 40 minutes to arrive from Yogyakarta City. To get there with public transportation, take the Trans Jogja’s 1A route to Kalasan temple.
The bus ticket costs Rp3.500 per person. Since the shelter is located 6 kilometers away from the Ijo temple. There is no other option except book a ride using an online transportation app like Gojek or Grab. A motorcycle ride will take around 15 minutes from Kalasan shelter. And cost around Rp. 14.000 to Rp. 19.000. For a car, it starts from Rp. 18.000 to Rp. 23.000.