Ratu Boko Palace Tourism
Ratu Boko Palace is a magnificent palace complex built in the 8th century. Can be said to be the grandest buildings in its time it was built by one of the relatives of Borobudur founder. The palace is located on Jalan Raya Yogyakarta-Solo, Prambanan, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Ratu Boko Palace is a magnificent building that was built during the reign of Panangkaran, one of the descendants of the Sailendra dynasty. The palace was originally named Abhayagiri Vihara (meaning monastery in a peaceful hill) was built for seclusion and focus on the spiritual life. Being in this palace, you can feel peace and view of the city of Yogyakarta and Prambanan the background of Mount Merapi.
The palace is located 196 meters above sea level. 250,000 m2 area of the palace is divided into four, namely center, west, southeast, and east. The middle section consists of the main gateway, field, Combustion Temple, pond, and assembly hall. Meanwhile, the southeast part includes Hall, Hall-Hall, 3 temples, ponds, and complex for princess. Complex of caves, Buddhist Stupa, and a pool located on the east. While the western part consists only of the hills.
If you enter from the gate of the palace, you will go directly to the middle. Two high gates will welcome you. The first gate has three entrances while the second has 5 doors. If you are careful, the first gate will be found writing 'Panabwara'. Said that, based on inscriptions Middle Wanua III, written by Rakai Panabwara, (descendant Panangkaran) who took over the palace. The purpose of writing his name is to legitimize power, give 'power' so that a more glorious and to give sign that the building is the main building.
About 45 meters from the second gate, you will see a temple made of white stones so-called White Stone Temple. Not far from there, will find Combustion Temple. The temple is square (26 meters x 26 meters) and has 2 terraces. As the name implies, the temple was used for cremation. In addition to the second temple, a sacred terrace and a pond then you have to walk about 10 meters from the Combustion Temple.
Mysterious well be seen if you walk to the southeast of the Combustion Temple. That said, the well was named Amrita Mantana that means sacred water treated with charms. Now, the water is still often used. Local people said, well water that can bring good luck to the wearer. While Hindus use it for Tawur grand ceremony the day before Nyepi. Using water in the ceremony is believed to support the goal, which is to purify ourselves to return the earth and its contents on the initial harmony. We suggest you visit Prambanan temple one day before Nyepi day to see the ceremony process.
Stepping into the eastern part of the palace, you will see two caves, big pond measuring 20 meters x 50 meters and a Buddhist stupa looks calm. Two caves were formed from sedimentary rock called pumice breccia. Caves that are more on so-called Cave of Lanang while under the so-called Cave Wadon. Exactly in front of the Cave Lanang there is a pool and three stupas. Based on a study, it is known that the effigy is Aksobya, one of the Buddhist Pantheon.
Although it was founded by a Buddhist, it has elements of Hinduism. It can be seen with the Linga and Yoni, Ganesha statues, and gold plate that reads "Om namah swaha Rudra yes" as a form of worship to the god Rudra is another name of Lord Shiva. The existence of Hindu elements that prove the existence of religious tolerance that is reflected in architectural works. Indeed, when it Panangkaran who are Buddhists live side by side with the followers of Hinduism.
Few know that this house is witness of the initial triumph in Sumatera land. Balaputradewa had fled to the palace prior to Sumatra when attacked by Rakai Pikatan. Balaputradewa rebelled because he felt as the number two in the reign of Old Mataram Kingdom because of Rakai Pikatan marriage with Pramudhawardani (Balaputradewa brother. After he was defeated and fled to Sumatra, before he became king in the kingdom of Srivijaya.
As a heritage building, King Boko Palace is different from other inheritances. Other buildings are in the form of a temple or shrine, as the name implies this shows characteristics as a residence. It is shown from the presence of the building in the form of pillars and roof are made of wood, even though we can only see remains of a stone building. Investigate the palace, then you will get more, one of which is a very beautiful view of the sunset. An American tourist said, "This is the most beautiful sunset on earth."