Kalasan Temple

Kalasan Temple

Kalasan Temple

Candi Kalasan (English: Kalasan Temple), also known as Candi Kalibening, is an 8th-century Buddhist temple in Indonesia. It is located 13 km east of Yogyakarta on the way to Prambanan temple, on the south side of the main road ‘Jalan Solo’ between Yogyakarta and Surakarta. Administratively, it is located in Kalasan Subdistrict, Sleman Regency, hence its name.


According to a Kalasan inscription dated 778 AD, written in Sanskrit using Pranagari script, the temple was erected by the will of Guru Sang Raja Sailendravam├žatilaka (the Jewel of Sailendra family) that succeed to persuade Maharaja Tejapurnapana Panangkaran (in other part of the inscription also called as Kariyana Panangkaran) to construct a holy building for the goddess (boddhisattvadevi) Tara and also build a vihara (monastery) for buddhist monks from Sailendra family’s realm. Panangkaran awarded the Kala├ža village to sangha (buddhist monastic community). According to the date of this inscription, Kalasan temple is the oldest among temples built in the Prambanan Plain.

Despite being renovated and partially rebuilt during the Dutch colonial era, the temple currently is in poor condition. Compared to other temples nearby such as Prambanan, Sewu, and Sambisari the temple is not well maintained.


  1. My friend and I are thankful for the help given by Mr. Gunturn and Mr. Yantur on our visit to Borobudur on 3rd to6th April 2015. We enjoyed ourselves and hope to visit Indonesia soon!

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