NUSANTARA GEMS: Nature’s Framing in Candi Ratu Boko

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Does this movie scene ring a bell to you? If you’re thinking of the Legendary story of Cinta and Rangga you know what were talking about! 

Today we will bring you to the a sight-seeing perfect for a sunset scenery in the heart of Java, Istana Ratu Boko or also known as Candi Ratu Boko/ Ratu Boko Temple. 

It is a plateau about three kilometre south of Lara Jonggrang Prambanan in Yogyakarta, Central Java, Indonesia. The site’s largest and most photographed structure, grand stone gates built on two levels, clearly lead to what was once a settlement, setting Ratu Boko apart from other archaeological sites in Central Java which are entirely religious in nature.

Historically, this site was a fortress and a temple. Ratu Boko, however, is an ancient kingdom’s ruins. Those unfamiliar with its history refer to it as Ratu Boko Temple instead of Ratu Boko Kraton (palace). 

This place is perfect for sunset hunters out there! When the sun hits the horizon, the ruins in Ratu Boko Temple would frame the sun setting, perfect for an instagram post! As the nature frames itself, we should be worrying about the composition because nature has done it for us! Not only for sunset, visitor are able to go for a picnic and enjoy their mornings or afternoon near the ruins! 

Candi Ratu Boko

AddressJl. Raya Piyungan – Prambanan No.2, Gatak, Bokoharjo, Kec. Prambanan, Kabupaten Sleman, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 5572

This place is in our bucket list. How about you? Let us know when you visit (once its safe) and tag us via instagram @cia_bi 📸


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