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Dieng Temple

Dieng is a collection of Hindus temples located on the mountain. Dieng temple complex occupies a plateau at an altitude of 2093 meters above sea level, extends from north to south about 1900 meters with a width of 800 meters.

Dieng temple was built in early 7th century AD and it is the oldest Hindus temple in Java. Experts estimate that the temple was built by the kings of Sanjaya dynasty. In Dieng was discovered a stone inscription dated 808 AD, it is the oldest inscription reads ancient Javanese script. A statue of Shiva is found in the area is now kept in the National Museum in Jakarta. Dieng temple probably was built in two phases. The first phase began in the late 7th century AD, which includes the construction of Arjuna, Semar, Puntodewo, and Gatutkaca temples. The second stage is a continuation of the first phase, which lasted until 780 AD.

Dieng temple was first discovered in year of 1814. At that time, a British soldier who was traveled and saw a bunch Dieng temple submerged in a pool of water. Van Kinsbergen led efforts to draining the lake where the temple is located in 1956. Efforts drying followed by the Dutch Government in 1864, followed by recording and taking pictures by Van Kinsbergen. The temple of Dieng is divided into 3 groups and 1 individual temple named after a character of puppet story from the Mahabharata. The three groups of temples are: Arjuna temple group, Dwarawati group, Gatutkaca group and one stand alone is Bima temple.