Prambanan & the Ramayana Ballet

Trip Start Jul 05, 2012
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Trip End Jun 19, 2013


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Flag of Indonesia  , Central Java,
Saturday, September 15, 2012

At 2pm the same day as going to Borobudur we made our way to Prambanan with 2 nice Belgians and spent the rest of the day with them exploring the temple complex an watching the ballet. Once again we hired a guide and when we entered for some reason we had to wear a sarong, so I'm sure you'll agree Mark looks very fetching in his! Our guide was hilarious, speaking so fast he started foaming at the mouth. Time is money. Not sure the Belgians quite understood everything he said. He was thorough though and took us to the best photo stops. Prambanan was equally as impressive as Borobudur and if you come to Java a visit to both these temples is a must. Prambanan features 6 main temples the main one, shiva, is 47 meters tall and again has intricate carving all over. The main thing about Prambanan though is how many temples have collapsed. There was hundreds of temples surrounding the main ones, all have been destroyed by the 2006 earthquake. We find it quite astonishing that they spend a huge amount of money restoring the damaged temples and yet they can all be destroyed by one of the regular earthquakes at any time. After watching the sunset over the temples and chatting to the Belgians we all had dinner at a cheap cafe (a nice Bintang beer and nasi goreng- fried rice, fried egg and prawn cracker) and made our way to the Ramayana ballet.

Ramayana ballet.
Sold to us as the most memorable cultural show in Indonesia we couldn't miss the Ramayana Ballet which is performed in front of the floodlit Prambanan temple complex. The show is based on an ancient romantic love story about a princess who gets kidnapped by a neighboring king and how her true love tries to save her.  There are over 200 dancers all wearing beautiful handmade costumes performing  extravagant dance routines. The show was about 2 hrs and was slow starting (music the same tune throughout) until  a cool white monkey with some break dancing moves decides to set the kings palace on fire. Seeing the stage go up in flames definitely woke Mark up and it all got very spectacular. We paid 10 a ticket and thought it was well worth the money. 
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