Here are the photos of amazing ancient architectural design of Boko temple. This gorgeous building design is located on the beautiful hill called Boko. That is why people call this area “Candi Boko”. This temple is also called “Candi Ratu Boko” which means The king Boko’s temple. This ancient building is located on the hill, about 3 kilometers from the popular Prambanan temple, and about 19 kilometers from the City of Yogyakarta, Central Java, Indonesia.
Boko temple is very beautiful, because the site is located on the hill. We can enjoy the beautiful natural scenery. Ratu Boko is situated on the hill at a height of 195.97 meters, with an area of approximately 250,000 square meters. On the top of this hill we can see beautiful scenery. We can also clearly see Mount Merapi, which always produces smoke out of the top of the mountain, the exotic ancient building of Prambanan Temple, which is the biggest Hindu temple in Indonesia on the northern side, and the panoramic beauty of the hills with colorful temples on the southern side.
Unlike the other classical buildings of the classical age in Central Java, Ratu Boko has a specific character and its own privileges. The remains of classical buildings of Central Java in general are in the form of the temple (shrine / temple), while Ratu Boko temple shows not only sacred building (temple), but also other buildings that are profane. The nature of profane is shown by the remains which is formerly a residential building with the pillars and roof made of wood, but now only the base part which is made ??of stone is left. In addition to buildings that demonstrate the nature of sacred and profane, in the complex of Ratu Boko temple, the other building types are also found, namely the building in the form of ponds and caves.
The name “Boko” is actually derived from the legendary king, King Boko, mentioned in folklore Jonggrang Loro. This temple was built during the reign of Rakai Panangkaran, descendant dynasty dynasty. Although it was founded by a Buddhist, it has Hindu elements. It can be seen from the “Lingga” and “Yoni” (the symbols of Hindu belief), Ganesha statues, and the note on gold plate that says “Om Rudra ya namah swaha” as a form of worship of the god Rudra, another name for Lord Shiva. The existence of Hindu elements prove the existence of religious tolerance that is reflected in architectural works. At that time , the Rakai Panangkaran who were Buddhists lived side by side with the followers of Hinduism.