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Top 21 attractions to explore in Central Java

The province has been inhabited by humans since the prehistoric-era. Remains of a "Homo erectus", known as "Java Man", were found along the banks of the Bengawan Solo River, and date back to 1.7 million years ago.

Attractions in Central Java

Borobudur TempleJl. Badrawati, Kw. Candi Borobudur, Borobudur, Kec. Borobudur, Magelang, Jawa Tengah, Indonesia

Borobudur Temple is the world's largest Buddhist temple located in central Java, Indonesia. The monument is a marvel of design, decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues. This temple Built in the 9th century during the reign of the Sailendra Dynasty. The monument was restored with UNESCO's help in the 1970s.

Candi CetoCeto, RT.01/RW.03, Cetho, Gumeng, Jenawi, Kabupaten Karanganyar, Jawa Tengah 57792, Indonesia

Ceto is a fifteenth-century Javanese-Hindu temple that is located on the western slope of Mount Lawu on the border between Central and East Java provinces.

Candi Gedong Krajan, Banyukuning, Kec. Bandungan, Semarang, Jawa Tengah 50614, Indonesia

Gedong Songo was erected out of volcanic stone and the two complexes represent the oldest Hindu structures in Java. The temples of Gedong Songo reflect a similar architectural structure to those on the Dieng Plateau, though they have less variation in form than them. Gedong Songo displays more emphasis on plinth and cornice moldings.

Dieng PlateauBakal Buntu, Bakal, Batur, Banjarnegara, Central Java, Indonesia

Dieng Plateau is a marshy plateau that forms the floor of a caldera complex on the Dieng Volcanic Complex in Central Java, Indonesia. The Plateau is the location of eight small Hindu temples from the Kalinga Kingdom. It was built in the period of the mid 7th century to the end of 8th century AD; they are the oldest known standing stone structures in Java.

Grand Mosque of Central JavaJl. Gajah Raya, Sambirejo, Kec. Gayamsari, Kota Semarang, Jawa Tengah 50166, Indonesia

The Great Mosque of Central Java is a mosque in the city of Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia. The architectural style of the mosque is believed as a mix of Javanese and Greece styles. Also, the mosque has a unique giant hydraulic umbrella that can open and close automatically.

Grojokan Sewu WaterfallBeji, Tawangmangu, Kec. Tawangmangu, Kabupaten Karanganyar, Jawa Tengah 57792, Indonesia

Grojongan Sewu is a waterfall located in Karanganyar Region, Central Java province, Indonesia. The name of the location is Tawangmangu which is actually in the slope of Mount Lawu and as a part of the Grojogan Sewu National Park. The name of Grojogan Sewu waterfall itself has been taken from the Javanese words that mean the thousand of waterfalls.

Ketep PassJl. Blabak - Boyolali No.KM. 16, Ketep Pas, Ketep, Sawangan, Magelang, Jawa Tengah 56481, Indonesia

Keep Pass is approximately 1,200m above sea level. This site has a small cinema which regularly shows an interesting documentary of Mount Merapi, a restaurant, countless food-stalls and a Museum of Volcanology.

Kura Kura Ocean ParkPantai Kartini, Rw. IV, Bulu, Kec. Jepara, Kabupaten Jepara, Jawa Tengah, Indonesia

Kura-Kura Ocean Park features a unique construction that applies a giant turtle shape. This building consists of 2 floors, with the first floor as a marine park with an aquarium containing various species of fish and turtles. While the second floor consists of Jepara Science Park.

Lawang SewuJl. Pemuda, Sekayu, Kec. Semarang Tengah, Kota Semarang, Jawa Tengah 50132, Indonesia

Lawang Sewu was built by the Dutch between the years 1904 and 1907 and functioned as the head office for The Dutch East Indies Railway Company until 1942. The colonial-era building is famous as a haunted house and filming location, though the Semarang city government has attempted to rebrand it.

Mendut Buddhist MonasteryJl. Mayor Kusen, Sumberrejo, Mendut, Mungkid, Magelang, Jawa Tengah 56501, Indonesia

Located a little over 3 km from Borobudur, it is home to an exquisitely carved 3-meter high statue of Buddha. Mendut Buddhist temple Built around early ninth century AD, Mendut is the oldest of the three temples including Pawon and Borobudur. The Karangtengah inscription, the temple was built and finished during the reign of King Indra of the Sailendra dynasty.

Mount LawuMt. Lawu, Area Hutan, Gondosuli, Tawangmangu, Karanganyar Regency, Central Java, Indonesia

Mount Lawu, or Gunung Lawu, is a massive compound stratovolcano straddling the border between East Java and Central Java, Indonesia. The only reported activity of Lawu took place in 1885 when rumblings and light volcanic ash falls were reported.

Mount MerapiMount Merapi, Hutan, Ngargomulyo, Dukun, Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia

It is the most active volcano in Indonesia and has erupted regularly since 1548. It is located approximately 28 kilometers north of Yogyakarta city. Merapi is the youngest in a group of volcanoes in southern Java.

Mount MerbabuMount Merbabu, Suroteleng, Selo, Boyolali Regency, Central Java, Indonesia

Mount Merbabu is a dormant stratovolcano in Central Java province. Merbabu can be climbed from several routes originating from the town of Kopeng on the northeast side, and also from Selo on the southern side. A climb from Kopeng to Kenting Songo takes between 8 and 10 hours. An area of 57 km² at the mountain has been declared a national park in 2004.

Mount SlametMount Slamet, Sawah Dan Kebun, Gunungsari, Pulosari, Pemalang Regency, Central Java, Indonesia

Mount Slamet or Gunung Slamet is an active stratovolcano in the Purbalingga Regency of Central Java, Indonesia. Historical eruptions have been recorded since the eighteenth century. The volcano erupted in 2009 and again in September 2014. Many climbers were expected to visit to peak on New Year's Eve 2012 to celebrate the new year.

Museum Kereta Api AmbarawaJl. Stasiun No.1, Panjang Kidul, Panjang, Kec. Ambarawa, Semarang, Jawa Tengah 50614, Indonesia

The Ambarawa Railway Museum is an Indonesian Railway Museum by the Indonesian Railway Compan located in Ambarawa in Central Java, Indonesia. The museum focuses on the collection of steam locomotives, the remains of the closing railway line.

Pancuran TeluUnnamed Road,, Dusun III Kalipagu, Ketenger, Baturaden, Banyumas, Central Java 53151, Indonesia

Pancuran Tujuh isa hot spring located in Kemutung Lor Village, Baturraden District, Banyumas, Central Java, amidst a pine forest on the slopes of Mount Slamet.

Pawon TempleBrojonalan, Dusun 1, Wanurejo, Kec. Borobudur, Magelang, Jawa Tengah 56553, Indonesia

Pawon is a Buddhist temple in Central Java, Indonesia. The temple was built during the Sailendra dynasty. Pawon literally means "kitchen" in the Javanese language, which is derived from the root word awu or dust.

Plaosan TempleJl. Candi Plaosan, Plaosan Lor, Bugisan, Kec. Prambanan, Kabupaten Klaten, Jawa Tengah 57454, Indonesia

Plaosan temple was built in the mid 9th century by Sri Kahulunnan or Pramodhawardhani, the daughter of Samaratungga, descendant of Sailendra Dynasty. The temple is an ancient building compound comprising of two building complexes, Plaosan Lor Temple complex and Plaosan Kidul Temple complex.

Sewu TempleJl. Raya Solo - Yogyakarta No.KM.16, Bugisan, Kec. Prambanan, Kabupaten Sleman, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Sewu temple is the second largest Buddhist temple complex in Indonesia located 800 metres north of Prambanan in Central Java, Indonesia. There are 249 buildings in the complex are arranged in a Mandala pattern around the main central hall. This configuration expresses the Mahayana Buddhist view of the universe.

Sukuh TempleTambak, Berjo, Kec. Ngargoyoso, Kabupaten Karanganyar, Jawa Tengah 57793, Indonesia

Sukuh Temple is one of several temples built on the northwest slopes of Mount Lawu in the 15th century. Sukuh temple has a distinctive thematic relief from other Javanese-Hindu temple where life before birth and sexual education are its main theme. Its main monument is a simple pyramid structure with reliefs and statues in front of it, including three tortoises with flattened shells.

Teluk Penyu BeachTeluk Penyu Beach, Central Java, Indonesia

Teluk Penyu Beach is located about 2 kilometers east of the city center of Cilacap, the capital of the Cilacap Regency. Named for its former sea turtle population, the beach is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the area. It is accessible by public and private transport.

Map of attractions in Central Java