Gedung songo temple, the nine templles with modern twist
Indonesia sits on the ring of fire, a belt comprises of major volcanoes at the basin of the Pacific Ocean. This means that there are lots of volcanic activities, including eruptions and earthquakes. That makes preserving old buildings, including ancient temples a challenge in Indonesia.
It is believed that many ancient temples are still buried in the Central Java area. One of the surviving temples is Gedong Songo, a complex of unique temples in an unusual location. Here is what you need to know about Gedong Songo Temple.
Gedong Songo is located at Candi Village, Bandungan District, Semarang Regency. It is roughly 20 kilometers to the south of Semarang, the capital of Central Java. It is about ten kilometers to the northwest of Ambarawa. This destination can be easily reached as there are many good roads leading to the temples. From Semarang, you probably need less than an hour drive to get there.
Gedong Songo Temple complex was built on a hilly area by the Syailendra Dynasty of Old Mataram, sometimes also known as the Medang Kingdom. These temples were built in the ninth century. This is a Hindu temple, built as a Shivaite shrine. You can see that there are many sculptures of Shivaite Gods like Ganesh, and Shiva as Mahakala and Mahaguru.