Sewu Temple: One of the giant guardians guarding the front of Candi Sewu



Sewu is an 8th-century Buddhist temple located 800 meters north of Prambanan in Central Java. Candi Sewu is actually the second largest Buddhist Temple in Central Java after Borobudur. It is a complex of buildings consisting of a principal shrine and 250 subsidiary temples arranged in concentric squares around it. The shrine is probably the sanctuary referred to in the Kelurak inscription, which records the founding of a temple in 782. Another inscription, found inside the temple precinct, states that the temple was enlarged in the year 792; the same inscription gives the name of the candi as Manjusrigrha, i.e. a shrine dedicated to the bodhisattva Manjusri. The main temple is in the Early Classical style. Each of the entrances were guarded by twin Dvarapala statues.


Attribute NameValues
Alternate Title
  • Candi Sewu

  • G. Massiot & cie

  • Statues

  • Decorative arts

  • Sculpture, Indonesian

  • Architecture

  • Temples

Date Created
  • 1910-01-01

Date Digitized
  • 2007-01-01

Cultural Context
  • Sailendra

Place of Creation
  • Prambanan, Jawa Tengah, Indonesia

  • -7.743889+110.4925

  • Prambanan

Departments and Units
Member of
Temporal Coverage
  • before or circa 1910

Record Visibility Public
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Architectural Lantern Slides of Indonesia


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