Ijo Temple

Approximately 5 km (3 miles) away from the Ratu Boko complex is the Hindu temple known as Candi Ijo. This temple was built under the Mataram Kingdom, which means that it can be dated to the late 10th or early 11th century. Candi Ijo stands at a relatively tall 425 meters (1,400 feet) above sea level, which gives it incredible views over the surrounding landscape. The elevation and the location is clearly part of the temple’s design, and the name Ijo is even derived from the name of the hill on which the temple is built.

Candi Ijo

The main attraction at Candi Ijo is the large temple, which has a square design and multiple false windows called niches. Like many Javanese temples, this structure boasts a recurring kala-makara design. There is also lots of linga and yoni symbolism, which showcases the union between male and female. After touring the main temple, exit and spot the three smaller temples known as perwara. Each of the perwara are designed to honor the Trimurti, or the triumvirate of Hindu gods called Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma.