Sewu seen from the south

Sewu, 800 metres north of Hindu Prambanan, is Indonesia’s second largest Buddhist Temple complex after Borobudur. Built in the 8th century, it slightly predates both Prambanan and Borobudur. The complex comprises the remains of 249 edifices, arranged in a Mandala pattern around a central temple that symbolises Buddhist cosmology. Until now, only the main shrine and some of the smaller temples have been restored. In 2006, a major earthquake caused additional damage and stopped the restoration works.

In Javanese, Candi Sewu means ‘Thousand Temples’, referring to a popular legend that links it with Ratu Boko and the Prambanan temple. Compared to its famous neighbours, Candi Sewu is much less frequently visited, making it an ideal place to stroll around between the rows of ancient stones and debris and enjoy the tranquility.


It is possible to get onto the complex without steps via a side way, and stroll around between the amazing heaps of stones. We provide portable ramps for the few steps. For detailed information with photos about accessibility at Candi Sewu contact us.

Sewu aerial view