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Sewu Temple

Sewu is an eighth century Mahayana Buddhist temple located 800 meters north of Prambanan in Central Java, Indonesia. The word for a Hindu or Buddhist temple in Indonesian is candi, hence the common name is Candi Sewu. It's the second largest Buddhist temple complex in Indonesia, Borobudur is the largest. It predates nearby Loro Jonggrang temple at Prambanan. Although the complex consists of 249 temples, this Javanese name translates to a thousand temples, which originated from popular local folklore The Legend of Loro Jonggrang. Archaeologists believe the original name for the temple compound to be Manjusrigrha. It's located in Bener Hamlet, Bugisan Village, Prambanan Subdistrict, Klaten Regency, Central Java. It is around 17 km from Yogyakarta en route to Solo. Sewu temple is a temple complex located nearby Prambanan temple, approximately 800 meters to the south of Rara Jongrang statue. Sewu temple is situated next to Prambanan temple, making it part of Prambanan temple tourism area. The area also has Lumbung temple and Bubrah temple. Not far from the area, there are several other temples, namely Gana temple, around 300 m to the east, Kulon temple, 300 m to the west, and Lor temple, around 200 m to the north. Sewu temple, the second biggest Buddhist temple after Borobudur, and Prambanan temple, which is a Hindu temple, indicate that during the period Hindu and Buddhist communities had lived a harmonious coexisting life.
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