field of ruins

Ruins of the minor shrines surrounding the main temples in Prambanan.­ This looks like a giant puzzle, with many pieces missing as those ruins were used for centuries as a source of construction stones by the surrounding villages.­ There is no plan to reconstruct or restore any of those small shrines.­

Photo taken at Prambanan, a 9th century Hindu temple complex located near Yogyakarta on Java Island (Indonesia).­

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Jalan Raya Yogya - Solo, Prambanan, Indonesia

Photos of Prambanan, reconstructed ruins of a 9th century Hindu temple complex located near Yogyakarta on Java Island (Indonesia).­

The temples that can be seen today at the site are structures reconstructed in 1920-1930 with mostly new stones, since the original ruins was looted centuries ago and used as a source of construction stone by the surrounding villages.­ Restoration and reconstruction efforts are still going on.­

For more information about Prambanan, read en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­Prambanan

Photos taken in Yogyakarta, commonly known as Jogja (Indonesia)

Most public transportation in the center of the city is done with cycle rickshaws and horse carriages.­ Locals seem to be very attached to those traditional (and environment friendly) modes of transportation.­

Private transportation is mostly by motorcycle, like in the rest of Indonesia.­ There is no legal limit to the number of passengers per motorbike, but you rarely see more than 5 people on a bike.­

Jogja was the starting point of my 2-month motorcycle trip around Indonesia (Java, Bali, Lombok, Sumbawa and Flores Islands).­ This is here that I rented a motorcycle (a Honda Supra 125cc semi-auto for $65 a month).­ But before hitting the road, I spent a week in Jogja, a lively city that has a very unique atmosphere and a lot of traditions.­

For more information about this city, read en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­Yogyakarta

Photos taken in Indonesia.­

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