Pawon temple a symbolic meaning that binds these temples – Pawon (known locally as Candi Pawon) is a Buddhist temple in Central Java, Indonesia. Located between two other Buddhist temples, Borobudur (1.75 km (1.09 mi) to the northeast) and Mendut (1.15 km (0.71 mi) to the southwest), Pawon is connected with the other two temples, all of which were built during the Sailendra dynasty (8th–9th centuries). Examines the detail and style of its carving this temple is slightly older than Borobudur.
The three temples were located on a straight line, suggesting there was a symbolic meaning that binds these temples. Location of the Buddhist temples triad: Borobudur-Pawon-Mendut in one straight line.
Relief of Kalpataru tree on the outer wall.
“Between Mendut and Borobudur stands Pawon temple, a jewel of Javanese temple architecture. Most probably, this temple served to purify the mind prior to ascending Borobudur.”
We visit Jogjakarta on 11th July to 15th July 2018. The experience with Mas Adi from Java Heritage Tour was fantastic and his service is excellent. Because of the positive review here, we decided to choose Java Heritage Tour as our travel guide for our...More
We travelled to Jogja with a friend and 2 children ( 5 & 8 years old) for 5 days. We booked Java Heritage Tours through Pak Agus. Mas Adi is our driver who was really punctual, reliable, courteous, great communicator ( both English & Malay),...More
Very friendly Pak Agus. Guide and provide us transport thro out our visits. We stayed for two nights at his homestay. Value for money. Thank you so much Pak Agus Rohmad. Insya Allah see you next time. Adios...
Our driver name was Subri, he is friendly and able to converse in good english. He was also very flexible to changes for our itinerary due to bad weather. When the rain hit, we have no choice but to postpone our borobudur to the next...More
The original name of this Buddhist shrine is uncertain. Pawon literally means “kitchen” in Javanese language, which is derived from the root word awu or dust. The connection to the word “dust” also suggests that this temple was probably built as a tomb or mortuary temple for a king. Pawon from the word Per-awu-an (place that contains dust), a temple that houses the dust of cremated king. However who was the personage that entombed here is still unknown. Local people name this temple as “Bajranalan” based on the name of the village. Bajranalan is derived from the sanskrit word Vajra (thunder or also a Buddhist ceremonial tool) and Anala (fire, flame).
In the contemporary era during the full moon in May or June, Buddhists in Indonesia observe Vesak annual ritual by walking from Mendut temple passing through Pawon and ends at Borobudur.
Pawon temple Architecture
The temple slightly faces northwest and stands on a square base. Each sides of the stairs and the top of the gates are adorned with carved Kala-Makara, commonly found in classic Javanese temples. The outer wall of Pawon is carved with reliefs of boddhisattvas and taras. There are also reliefs of kalpataru (tree of life), flanked between Kinnara-Kinnari. The square chamber inside is empty with a square basin in the center of it. Rectangular small windows were found, probably for ventilation.
The roof section of is crowned with five small stupas and four small ratnas. Because of its relative simplicity, symmetry and harmony, the historians dubbed this small temple as “the jewel of Javanese temple architecture”, in contrast with tall-slender East Javanese style counterparts as founds in later Singhasari and Majapahit period.
We offer you a special package. Beside our regular tour packages, we also can design the tour based on your own request. Let’s have a memorable and precoius tour with Excellent Jogja Driver. It’s time to have fun..
Trust us for your trip. We want to be your best partner for your adventure.
You may check our guests’ reviews at TripAdvisor
Excellent Jogja Driver - Tour & Transport
Yogyakarta Tour | Borobudur Sunrise Tour | Ramayana Ballet | Private Driver | Transport
Reservation Telp/SMS/ Whatsapp/Line: +62 8191 5534 286
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
enjoy treveling with us