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Dieng Plateau in Java

A volcanic plain called Abode of the Gods thanks to its heavenly beauty

Best time: May–October

Dieng Plateau
Dieng Plateau
Dieng Plateau
Dieng Plateau
Dieng Plateau
Dieng Plateau

The Dieng Plateau is a volcanic complex in Central Java with several ancient Hindu temples dating back to the 8th century. Located at 2000 m above sea level, it emerged from the ancient eruption of Mountain Prau. The caldera was filled for some time with water, but now it has dried up. Although the place seems quite peaceful, volcanic activity still continues here, and sulphuric poisonous lakes are the evidence of that.

Hindus considered Dieng Plateau a sacred place and built 400 temples here, however, only eight have been preserved. The temples erected by Sanjaya Dynasty were dedicated to Shiva and they somewhat resemble Prambanan architecture. You can also witness Javanese demonic masks being used in architecture as well as marine monsters, which are depicted along the doorways of the temples.

Best time to visit the plateau is during the dry season. Even during the high season from June through August it doesn't get too crowded. The wet season is not a good time to come due to possibility of landslides and flooding.

One of the most precious experiences is the sunrise from the top of Sikunir Hill. Tours usually depart from Yogyakarta right after midnight. The sun rises at about 5 am, so be ready for a cold morning hike, but the views are worth it!

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When is the best time to visit Dieng Plateau?

Dieng Plateau is best visited during the dry season which starts from May and ends in October. Visiting during this time is recommended as there are less crowds and the wet season may pose certain hazards. It can lead to possibilities of flooding and landslides. These may jeopardize safety and mar the beauty of the place. Show more

What is the height of Dieng Plateau above sea level?

At a height of 2000 meters above sea level, Dieng Plateau presents a breathtaking panorama to visitors. Travelers can soak in the beauty of the towering mountains and scenic landscapes. It is the perfect destination for those seeking a tranquil retreat away from the usual tourist spots. Show more

Where can I witness Javanese demonic masks on the temples?

The temples in Dieng Plateau house Javanese demonic masks as part of their architectural design. Erected by Sanjaya Dynasty, the temples are dedicated to Shiva. They resemble Prambanan architecture. These masks are representative of the demons in Javanese mythology and convey that conquering them can lead to self-transformation and inner progress. Show more

What is the significance of marine monsters depicted along the doorways of the temples?

The marine monsters adorning the doorways of the Hindu temples at Dieng Plateau hold spiritual significance. These are a representative of Kundalini, the serpent goddess or Shakti of Lord Shiva. The Kundalini is believed to be dormant at the base of the spine and is awakened through spiritual practice, leading to the completion of the energy channel from head to feet. Show more

What are the dangers of visiting during the wet season and why?

It's not recommended to visit Dieng Plateau during the wet season (November-April) due to the possibility of landslides and flooding, which may put the safety of travelers at risk. The infrastructure is not yet developed to withstand heavy rains, leading to disruptions. Additionally, heavy cloud cover may obscure the stunning views, making it not worth a visit during the wet season. Show more

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