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Sambisari Temple


Sambisari temple


Sambisari is a 9th-century Hindu temple located at Sambisari hamlet, Purwomartani village, Kalasan, Sleman regency, The temple is located about 12 km east of Yogyakarta near Adisucipto International Airport. Sambisari Temple was discovered by chance when a farmer working in his paddy field accidentally hit a solid object in the ground with his hoe. Being curious, he dug and had a closer look at the object. He soon realized that it was a carved stone. Following up the discovery, Yogyakarta Archeological Office conducted necessary examination and excavation. In 1966, based on the report, experts concluded that a temple was concealed at the site, under the sand and rock sent by Mount Merapi when it erupted in 1906. The excavation, reconstruction and restoration of the temple finished in 1987.

Sambisari Temple is unseen from a distance as it stands about 6.5 meters below the ground. It is believed that the surrounding ground used to be no higher than the temple. The sand and rock sent from Mount Merapi however, buried the whole area, including the temple. As the result, Sambisari Temple is lower that its vicinity. The area around the temple has been cleared out and arranged, and now the temple is on an open square, with a stairway on each of the four corners.