Abang Temple in Sleman Regency, Yogyakarta Special Region
Sleman Regency has become one of the best vacation destinations in Yogyakarta Special Region. The reason is that the region offers lots of types of tourist sites, including historical places. Abang Temple is one of the examples. This beautiful temple is located in Jogotirto Village and it belongs to Berbah Sub-District. This Hindu temple is the local’s best allure even though tourists can find other famous places including Suru Mountain, Jepang Cave, and Sentono Cave. Thus, tourists must visit all these sites later. As for the temple, it is located on a hill or highland. That means tourists should conduct short trekking to reach the location.
Abang Temple features a beautiful Teletubbies Hill, so tourists can also enjoy sightseeing and photography during the visit. Not to mention the nuance feels so refreshing up there due to the presence of grassy landscape and many trees. What about the temple? In terms of size, it is around 36 x 34 meters. The height is not specified, though. The temple has a pyramid design and it comes with a well located in the midst of it. Plus, the temple has stairs that tourists can use for exploration.
Exploring Abang Temple
Those who visit Abang Temple have several motives indeed. The most common one is to conduct photography. It is because the temple is worth a photo shot and becomes a nice object to take photos. “Abang” means red, actually. The locals gave the name based on one fact. It is because the temple was built by red bricks. It is different than other temples that are made of andesite. Another unique aspect is related to the location. The temple is located in a secluded area on a green hill, thus tourists can get many beautiful panoramas up there to satisfy their photography hobby.
The next common reason for visiting Abang Temple is related to history. Visitors want to learn further information about the temple. In this case, hiring a local guide would be a good idea. It is said the temple was built between the 9th and 10th century during the reign of ancient Mataram Kingdom. The reason why people built it on a highland is based on their belief. They considered a highland represents where the Gods reside. Also, there is a rumor! It is said the temple hides treasures!
In the hot season, the hill where the temple is located becomes drier and looks red. On the other hand, it becomes fertile and green during the rainy season. Thus, tourists can choose the preferred time to visit the temple. Each of the seasons offers a unique ambiance, after all. Still, most people choose to visit it when the hill looks green and soothing.
- Sentoso Cave
- Jepang Cave
- Bhinneka Tunggal Ika Monument
- Bangkel Mountain
How to Get There
The prime destination is Yogyakarta City and the best way to get there is by airplane, especially for those who come from outside the region. From Jakarta City, in this case, tourists can simply take an airplane service at Soekarno – Hatta International Airport and head to Adisucipto Airport. For the information, this flight would take around 1 hour and 10 minutes. After arriving at the destination, tourists should continue their trip and head to Sleman Regency right away. The distance is 9.9 km and the best route is Padjajaran Street. That means the trip would take only about 16 minutes. From Sleman, the next route to take is Imogiri Timur and Situmulyo Segoroyoso Street. The destination is Jogotirto Village at Berbah Sub-district and the distance is 21.3 km. This trip would take about 37 minutes, therefore.
Where to Stay
- Jlatren Homestay
- Kopilimo Homestay
- Bukit Indah Hotel