Sambisari Temple in Sleman Regency, Yogyakarta Special Region


Even though Prambanan becomes the major temple to visit in Sleman Regency, the region has other attractive temples as well. For instance, it is Sambisari Temple! The location is in Purwomartani Village and it belongs to Kalasan Sub-District. In the past, the temple was buried underground for centuries! It was found by a local farmer and has become another tourist allure in Sleman these days. Both the nuance and appearance are different than other temples! This is why almost all tourists are likely to visit it when spending a vacation in Sleman later.

The Nuance
At a glance, Sambisari Temple looks like a small castle. One thing that makes it different is the location. This one stands below the ground level, so tourists must go down by available stairs in order to reach the temple. The site is surrounded by grassy lands, so it looks so beautiful and feels soothing! As for the ornaments, the temple has lots of beautiful carvings. The most noticeable one perhaps is the lion. On the site, 3 chambers can be found and each of them features a statue. If tourists go to the south part, they may find the Agastya Statue. Also, in the east, a majestic Ganesha Statue resides! These are located on the main temple, actually. It is because the site also features 3 companion temples, which are smaller and has no roof at all.

Exploring Sambisari Temple
Here are several things that tourists can do in Sambisari Temple. First, they can explore the history by either asking local guides or watching the carvings of the temple. During the exploration, visitors would find some cambers with a statue in it. Even though everyone is allowed to touch the statues, no one is allowed to litter or spoil the statues. In the same area, they would find both Yoni and Lingga. These two objects represent the worshipping to Shiva!

The next common thing to do in Sambisari Temple is photography. Tourists can simply take photos of the temple or take selfies in front of it. Not to mention the environment is beautiful enough to be a background for photography. This explains why some locals choose the site as their pre-wedding photo session. Usually, the best time to conduct photography in Sambisari is during the rainy season, when the grass is the most beautiful and fertile.

Some people also come to Sambisari Temple for relaxation in the afternoon. Later, they await the beautiful sunset to appear. The site is peaceful enough to be a place for relieving stresses, in fact. Thus, families can take advantage of the nuance to spend a valuable recreation with their family members. For teenagers, the temple also suits their need for hanging out with friends!

Nearby Attractions

  • Mangunan Village
  • Awatani Park
  • Omah Teh
  • Purwomartani Banyan Tree

How to Get There
For those coming from Jakarta City, they should take advantage of an airplane in order to reach Yogyakarta City. For the information, a flight from Soekarno – Hatta International Airport to Adisucipto Airport would take around 1 hour and 10 minutes. After arriving at Yogyakarta, the next destination would be Sleman Regency. Tourists only need to take Padjajaran Street and head to Sleman Regency right away. The distance is 9.9 km, so this trip would take only about 16 minutes. Once they arrive at Sleman, the next destination is Purwomartani Village at Kalasan Sub-District where the temple is located. The best route is Stadion Street and the distance is 8.7 km. That means the trip may take only about 20 minutes.

Where to Stay

  • Sambisari Homestay
  • Sambisari Guesthouse
  • Premier Guesthouse
  • Rakai Garung
  • Larisa Homestay


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