Friday, December 2, 2011

Dieng Plateau : Travel to the exotic and mystical temple

Dieng Plateau is a plateau region in Central Java, who entered the district of Banjarnegara and Wonosobo . Dieng Plateau is located at Village Kulon Dieng region, Kejajar. This region is one of the most remote regions in Central Java. It lies to the west of Mount Sindoro complex and Sumbing. This area is located about 26 km in the north of the capital Wonosobo district, with an altitude reaches 2093 m above sea level. Temperatures range from 15-20 ° C in the daytime and 10 ° C at night. In the dry season (July and August), temperatures can reach 0 ° C in the morning and bring frost, by the locals called bun upas ("dew poison") because it causes damage to agricultural crops. Dieng has temperatures in winter approaching to be cool. But after passing the road that meanders uphill, exotic landscape that stretches as far as the eye could see and pampering your visions .

Once entering the main gate at the Dieng plateau, you will be greeted by a temple complex called the Temple of Pandavas. This complex contains five temples, the Temple Semar, Arjuna, Srikandi, Sembadra, and Puntadewa. The temples are scattered across the region patterned Hindu.

Dieng temple complex
Dieng temple area is administratively included in Banjarnegara district. The remains of the 7th century masterpiece of the Sanjaya Dynasty are still kept in Dieng. A total of approximately 400 temples ever built this heaven on earth. Five temple stands on equal footing with the background landscape is very attractive. Arjuna temple complex surrounded by manicured gardens and looks so beautiful . The temples are already thousands of years old and this is the oldest temple in Java. Arjuna Temple, Semar Temple, Srikandi Temple, Puntadewa Temple, and Sembrada Temple that still stands firmly among 19 other temples have been destroyed. Fresh atmosphere because of the green landscape, making this temple complex was peaceful, romantic and far from being mystical. Trees and walkways arranged to facilitate tourists to walking around the temple complex.

Sikidang Crater
Sikidang in Javanese means Deer. The crater is still active release bursts of hot lava and gases. Bubbles that appear in the craters appear to move or jump like a Deer. Sulfur smell was terrible, making some of the visitors use a cloth to mask their breathing is not disturbed.

Color Lake
This area is included in the administrative area Wonosobo district. Volcanic lake which has this exotic color is known as Lake Warna. The change color of the lake has always been the target tourists because of its beauty. Discoloration caused by algae that live in under the lake. Beside it there is a lake with crystal clear water like a mirror glass so do not be surprised if people call it a Pengilon Lake (Mirror Lake). And between the two lakes with different water there lies a cave complex .

Kailasa Museum
Through a mini theater and display a variety of ancient objects, as if we are invited to 'enjoy' Dieng as a whole, both its history, community life and culture, as well as any other uniqueness.

Sikunir Mountain and Kecebong Lake
Golden sunrise to be the most spectacular scenery when successfully climbing Mount Sikunir. 45-minute ascent at dawn that very cool would be paid with beautiful views. The sun rises between the hills, together with views of the villages at the foot of the hill and the piles of clouds that are so close to our bodies.

Dieng Volcanic Theater
A theater to see movies about Volcanism in Dieng.
Kailasa Dieng Museum, storing artifacts and provide information about natural (geology, flora and fauna), the daily, agriculture, belief, and art from the Dieng archaeological heritage. Having a theater to see historical movies of Dieng (currently about archeology Dieng), lacated at the outdoor stage on the roof of the museum, and restaurants. The location of this theater on the Sikendil hillside , approximately 300 m from the color lake . In this museum, you will witness some of the events that have occurred in the Dieng Plateau, one of which is the tragedy of Crater Sinila events in 1979 that killed hundreds of Dieng people. It is provided by the manager of a tourist attraction in Dieng Plateu and used for those who are interested in the history of Dieng.

The Children's with "Gimbal" Hair

Dieng Plateau keep the uniqueness that until now we can still see. Some children who live at Dieng has tangled hair. Their hair is like a clot of hair for months are not washed and combed. However, not all children in Dieng has tangled hair. Until now , it is not known for sure , the cause of tangled hair at some of the children in Dieng. Tangled hair is formed not by intent or genetic factors, tangled hair usually appears after the child has high fever and is accompanied by dream during sleep. According to them, symptoms fever can not be treated until eventually the child will heal by itself and after that the hair becomes matted.

Usually the child's hair will be tangled in ruwat ceremony, if there have been requests from the child. Local people believe that ruwat ceremony is the demand of the Gods. Demand whatever was asked of the child's hair in the trash when he asked ruwat, must be met. If not, then the child would be insane. Interestingly, after the ruwat, the child's hair will grow back to normal as usual. Ruwatan hair cutting is a process with a long procession and involve indigenous people and traditional leaders.

leading to the Dieng Plateau is more easily if taken from the City of Wonosobo, because the road can be traversed by vehicles. But if you plan to bring a private vehicle, do not forget to make sure that your vehicle is in good condition. This is due to road terrain to be traversed quite winding and uphill. Not infrequently in the right or left edge of the road adjacent to the abyss.

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