Monday, February 16, 2009

Gedongsongo Temple

Gedongsongo is the complex of Hindu temples which lies on the slope of mount Ungaran, around 1200 meters above sea level. Administratively, it is situated in the Candi village, Ambarawa, Semarang regency, Central Java province.

The temple is consisted of nine temples, and all of the constructed from adhesive. At the first complex called gedong pitu or seven building, because when Raffles discovered the complex, he found only seven buildings. At last, two other temples were found, since that the temple called Gedongsongo temple. At the present, from nine temples only five temples can be seen, while others are ruinous. Those five temples called gedong I until gedong V have been restored by the archeological institute. Gedong 1 & 2 were restored in 1928-1929, and 1930-1931, while gedong 3,4,5 in 1977-1983.

The date of its construction is not clear yet, but base on architecture some experts assumed that the temple was constructed almost the same time as Dieng complex, which was the eldest Hindus temple in central java, around 7-9 century.