Posted by: borobudurtrip | May 3, 2012


Candi Mendut is located some 45 minutes northeast of Yogyakarta. It sits on a hill in the town of Muntilan in the Magelang District. Most travel agents in Yogyakarta offer the day-trip excursion to this temple as part of the tour to Candi Borobudur located nearby.Candi Mendut is located some 2 miles east of its more popular cousin, Candi Borobudur. It was built around 800 A.D by the Kings of Syailendra Dynasty, the same kingdom that built the world-famous Candi Borobudur some years later.

If you go inside the compound after paying the minimal entrance fee of about Rp3.000, you can see three big statues enclosed in the square-shaped temple:

1. Cakyamuni (Sitting in cross-legged with dharma cakra mudra position ie: turning the wheel of dharma hand gesture),
2. Awalokiteswara (A bodhi satwa as a human helper), and
3. Maitreya (The savior of humans for the future).

Candi Mendut (Mendut Temple) is frequently used to celebrate the Waisak day every May full moon and the pilgrims from Indonesia and all parts of the world come to this ceremony.

It is older than Candi Borobudur. Its architecture is square, and having an entrance on its steps. Its roof is also square and terraced. There are stupas (= bell-shaped structures) on it.

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