Gedong Songo Temple is a Hindu temple located in Central Java, Indonesia. The site was originally built during the Sanjaya dynasty which controlled Central Java during the 8th and 9th centuries. Similar to Dieng Plateau, Gedong Songo was erected out of volcanic stone and the two complexes represent the oldest Hindu structures in Java. Dieng and Gedong Songo predate Borobudur and Prambanan. The temples of Gedong Songo reflect a similar architectural structure to the Dieng Plateau. However, Gedong Songo displays more emphasis on plinth and cornice moulding. At Temple 3, an entrance is outlined by a vestibule that is decorated by guardian figures.
The trip to Gedong Songo temple is quite challenging since we have to pass steep grade and sharp bend. However, our hard trip was paid by its beauty. From the gate, we could see the temple impressively and sophisticatedly stood on the mountain slope in line from the lower ground to the highest. The smell of the wet soil, the new-cut grass, the pine rubber, the smell of wild flowers, and the mountain fresh air gave special sensation. The sun light coming through between the pine trees and giving out its brightness to the temple was like a perfect morning painting.