Sambisari Temple

The Hindu temple of Sambisari is located just next to the Adisucipto International Airport, making it convenient for those who live in or are visiting Yogyakarta. Unlike other temples, Sambisari was built nearly 15 feet underground. In order to access the temple in centuries past, individuals would have had to walk down a staircase. Like many of the temples in the region, Sambisari was built in the ninth century. It is collection of religious buildings, consisting of one main candi, or temple, and three smaller supporting temples, known as perwara.

Candi Sambisari

The Sambisari was constructed to honor the Siva, but it was buried underground and completely unknown in modern history until 1966 when a farmer unexpectedly hit the stone walls of the main temple. The temple was buried after a volcanic eruption, but parts of it have been excavated and restored to their former glory.

Sambisari Temple

Much of the temple’s decor has to do with the difference between male and female, or lingga and yoni, and there are many statues carved or installed into the wall’s niches. This temple complex is rarely busy, making it ideal for you if you want to have a site to yourself or meditate in solitude.