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Welcome!

This website contains background information about Javanese temples (or candi, in Javanese) compiled from notes I have taken in preparation of, and during visits to a number of these temples. Because many of the bibliographical sources consulted are not popularly available, and in the absence of a detailed guidebook covering these sites, I present this information here so that it may be of use to other travellers or people interested in Javanese history. 

There are at least 100 temple sites on Java, and new sites continue to be excavated through to this day. At present, this site gives information on about 40 of these selected based on historical and stylistic interest or significance. Links to these sites, pictures and site-specific maps can be accessed through the Central and East Java <sites> pages. The Maps page contains links to area maps. 

Further reading: background

This website is named after the Javanese alphabet [sample][about]. The logo is a palm-leaf book called <kropak> in Javanese. The name and the logo express my love for Java and books, of which the content of this site is one result. 

Latest updates and additions

Mar-14     Chinese dieties at Tay Kak Sie [link]

Mar-14     Updates to Candi Kalasan images  [link]

Feb-14     Tay Kak Sie Temple in Semarang  [link]

Mar-13     Updates to Candi Sukuh with extensive pictures  [link]

Mar-12     Pictures and narrated Sudamala relief series added to Candi Tegawangi  [link]

Jan-12     Updates to Candi Gebang [link]

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