By Ojek to Prambanan
Around 3 pm I had to head back to Yogya for Prambanan
Temple. I walked towards the road where the bus dropped me earlier but apparently no bus going to the opposite direction on the same road. I believed what the guy I asked said. Time is running out, I hope to reach Prambanan before the lights gone. I hailed a Becak and it was the price the girl I asked about the fare of 15000Rp. Negotiated and agreed for only 10000Rp, this bapak rode the becak in the drizzle noon. Actually it was worth the money for 3km ride that earlier on I was ripped off by becak in Bogor
Leaving Titornadi bus terminal of Solo
30, the journey took an hour an half reaching Prambanan town. I requested the bus conductor to remind me stopping the opposite Prambanan stop. Along the journey there were constant kids getting on and off the bus singing. This is probably their way of earning money, I applaud that coz it’s well-mannered than begging. And honestly I enjoyed the ride, listening to Indonesian kids singing on-board with their hand-made guitar, you can’t get this experience by going through tour bus. This is the heartland of Java. The region that attract artist, poets, singers and I saw that on public bus.
The bus conductor was busy counting the money, he forgot letting me off on the right stop opposite Prambanan. Instead I was off the bus some 3km further. And there’s not much light left. I took Ojek(motorbike) to Prambanan entrance.
I learnt lesson well. There were 2 ticket counter clearly demarked sign for local and foreigner.
Detail of Relic on the corner of Stupa
I walked to the Indonesian counter and asked for a ticket in an Indonesian accent and got one for 12,000Rp ! They never notice, and I looked like an Indonesian anyway. The price for foreign was 120,000Rp a 100% much. I should have done the same for Borobodur the day before. Regarding the 100% much more fare for foreign visitor, I completely disagree. I was born and grew up in Asia and had live some years in the West, I think my view is somewhat creditable and un-biased. To weight by comparing poor nation versus rich nation travelers from the west seems reasonable BUT how about travelers from Asia itself? Equality which is much practiced in the west is what Asia is far behind. Rich versus poor is the reason. So who am I to object, but I could trick you! Ask any layperson, the would do the same.
There were still light for the day and I spent good hour in Prambanan Temple
. I like it more than Borobodur even than Angkor Wat in Cambodia. The state of preservation is excellent even though the site was struck by an earthquake 2006. I can imagine how majestic it once was back in its glorious year.