Finding PlaosanTuesday, November 13, 2012
in 2009, my friend Rachma Safitri uploaded a picture of a twin temple to her
facebook account. Never had I seen the temple before. It was so magnificent to
me that I felt like leaping to that place right away. Fitri told me that it was
Plaosan temple, sited not so far from Prambanan temple.
When I returned from Ijen crater in April 2010, I didn’t get a bus ticket to Solo. It was sold out in the long weekend. The only transportation available then was a mini bus to Yogyakarta that departed from Surabaya at night and would arrive in the morning. I thought that was great. I could see the twin temple.
I was lucky. The mini bus stopped at Pasar Prambanan (a traditional market, located across the Prambanan temple) at around six in the morning. The sky was bright and the light was perfect. I took an ojek (motor taxi) to reach Plaosan that cost me ten thousand rupiah. It took less than five minutes to get there.
Seeing the temple for the first time had made me completely speechless. Sited in the middle of a rice field and surrounded by the morning mist, the temple was astonishing. Somehow I could figure what it was like to be in the past when the temple was still a Buddhist sanctuary.
Having taken enough pictures inside the temple complex, I got out and walked around the rice field, just to get another point of view of the temple. On the other part of the field, farmers were harvesting the rice. They allowed me to take their pictures. It was interesting to capture them working with the temple as the background. Somehow, I promised my self to return to this place.
Five months later, during the long vacation I had the change to revisit this temple. This time I came with Rachma Safitri. We decided to go there early in the morning to capture the sunrise. The sky was not as bright as on the other day. But I was happy however to see the herd of ducks, pastured by a shepherd who didn’t seem to please with my coming, passing by in front of me while I was taking a picture of the temple. This time, I didn’t get inside the complex. So I just took some pictures from outside.