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Texts by: Tjahjono Prasodjo, Thomas M. Hunter, Véronique Degroot, Cecelia Levin, Alessandra Lopez y Royo, Inajati Adrisijanti, Timbul Haryono, Julianti Lakshmi Parani, Gunadi Kasnowihardjo & Helly Minarti.
Photographers: Rafli L. Sato, Suparno, Kunto Antariksa and many more.
Published in 2013 for Taman Wisata Candi Borobudur, Prambanan & Ratu Boko

Size: 240 x 240 mm
Pages: 200 pp with gatefold
ISBN: 978-602-98279-1-0
Price: US$ 38


Prambanan is the most celebrated Hindu temple in Indonesia and it has become one of the iconic world heritage sites in Java, and yet there is no publication that overall summarises its rich representation. Built in the 9th century, Prambanan is situated within a constellation of Hindu-Buddhist temples in the area, suggesting a religious tolerance and harmony in ancient Java. The narrative reliefs that adorn the sanctuary represent the most extensive sculptural depiction of the Ramayana and Krishnayana epics in all of Asia. The mystery and beauty of Prambanan have attracted numerous studies over hundred years, not to mention a series of renovation that helped resurrect the temple to make it standing tall in the test of time.

Magical Prambanan is the first book to reveal the many archaeological and cultural aspects of Prambanan and its surrounding temples. It narrates the history and the intricate discovery of this extraordinary site, the religious meaning and cultural symbols–including popular folklore–generated by its architectural presence. This book is also complimented by a thorough update of Prambanan’s contemporary transformation into a cultural destination of modern Indonesia which includes how it has become a bottomless source of creative inspirations for Indonesian artists.

Consisting of seven main chapters, this book is collaboratively written by the most prominent scholars in each field. Written in an accessible style for general readers, this book aims to provide the ultimate guide for those interested to learn and be informed about this magnificent cultural heritage in Java that has co-shaped the nation’s identity.

Visited by no less than 120,000 people every month, it is crucial to celebrate Prambanan whilst taking into consideration the importance of its preservation. At the fore, Prambanan symbolises religious tolerance and harmony, a value that remains resonant to contemporary Indonesia, even the world.