Yogyakarta, a cultural city - Part Three - Ratu Boko Palace

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It was a great journey when finally i reached this hilly place near Prambanan Temple, thanks to my friend Herman who took me here by his motorbike :-) it was tiring but worthed, really!!

Entering this place while you have to climb steps was like same old temple you've been visited, but I was amazed when I reached the 1st level of this palace, there you go the great entrance with layer of layer gates framing the field behind...simple but magnifique!

Walking around the palace you will see great ruins everywhere...go futher to the back you will find more and more interesting ruins, there are big chambers, big hall for praying and also bathing places...i can imagine how amazing it was...the royal families of King & Queen Boko walk thru the hall ways and the throne hall also thos bathing palace.
..great scenery!

Once there's a sunset try to go back to the front gate...framing by the gate entrance, you will see amazing sunset here with breezy winds all over your face...while kids running over the fields playing soccer!

An unforgetable sunset at King's palace!

From yogyes.com :

King Boko Palace was a glorious building that was constructed during the reign of Rakai Panangkaran, descendant of Sailendra dynasty. The palace that initially was named Abhayagiri Vihara (that means a monastery on a peaceful hill) was built for seclusion purpose and to focus on spiritual life. From this palace, you will feel peace and will be able to see Yogyakarta city and Prambanan temple with Merapi Mountain as the background.

As a heritage building, King Boko Palace is different from other inheritances. Most of other buildings are in the forms of temple or shrine, while this place - as the name implies - shows characteristics of a dwelling place. This can be known from the wooden poles and roofs, even though we can only see remains of stone building. Investigate the palace in more details and you will know more.

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