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Dieng Plateau

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The Dieng Plateau is an upland volcanic plain in Central Java, famous for its scenery and ancient Hindu temples.

Hindu temples dating back to the 8th century


The Dieng Plateau is a caldera complex formed by the eruption of ancient Mountain Prau. The caldera was once filled up water and then dried up, but volcanic activity continues to this day, with sulphuric fumes and poisonous lakes. Located at an altitude of 2000m, it's also much cooler than the surrounding lowlands.


The ancient Javanese Hindus built up temples and made Dieng Plateau as a sacred place. The word Dieng word was formed from Sanskrit words Di (Abode) and Hyang (Gods), so Dieng means Abode of the Gods. The Javanese Hindus built hundreds of temples in this place, but only eight are left. The temples were built from 8th century to 13th century by Sanjaya Dynasty and resemble those of Prambanan, but on a smaller scale. The local people named the temples based on the characters in the ancient Javanese Hindu legend which has similarity to famous Hindu story Mahabharata and Ramayana.

Get in[edit]

The only way to reach the Dieng Plateau is by land. The main town on the plateau, Wonosobo, can be reached from Yogyakarta by stopping in Magelang. Buses leave from Yogyakarta northern bus terminal Jombor, about 5km from town centre or southern bus terminal Giwangan, about 6km. North is faster. Yogayakarta to Magelang cost Rupiah 15,000. Magelang to Wonosobo costs Rupiah 24,000 (2 hours). Wonosobo to Dieng (the town) is Rupiah 15,000. Whole journey from Yogyakarta to Dieng town is about 5 hours. Wonosobo can also be reached from Purwokerto by bus. There are frequent train schedule from Jakarta to Purwokerto. There are also night buses from Jakarta to Purwokerto. There is only one bus direct to Wonosobo cost Rp 75,000.

From Semarang and Yogyakarta you can go by tourist car/rent car with 7 seaters vehicle like Central Java Transporter, (+62/0) (), [1].  edit who oparates the car to Dieng Plateau.

Mount Sindoro at the Dieng Plateau‎

Get around[edit]

A minibus from Wonosobo to the temples costs Rp 10,000 and taxi Rp. 150.000.

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Sight seeing here includes a hot spring, a multi-colored lake (a misnomer and for 100,000 Rupiah entry fee for foreigners is not really worthwhile), candis and some impressive top-down scenery from the peaks. The different sights all require a small entrance fee which is collected before entry. The fresh air, beautiful greenery and quiet makes the plateau an enjoyable place to stay around.

Dieng is an active volcanic region and can be regarded as a giant volcano. Plains formed from volcanic crater that has died. Crater shape can be seen obviously from the plain with mountains cluster surrounding. Yet despite this volcano has been dead for centuries, some volcanic craters are still active until now. Among these is Kawah Sikidang (Sikidang Crater), which is always on the move and jumping like a "kidang" or deer.

The uniqueness of the formation process produced an exotic landscape. Telaga Warna (Colorful Lake) that reflects the color green, blue and purple and enchanting the beauty of sunrise from the summit of Gunung Sikunir (Mount Sikunir) is the places that should not be passed just like that.

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Motorbike trips to a bunch of the geothermal sites and temples can be arranged for about $6/person. Sunrise is beautiful from up the mountain.

Light trekking. Dieng plateau with hills, local plantation, villages also offers travelers a chance to explore it by foot. Light trekking can be arranged from the nearest local accommodation or Homestay. Sikunir and Gunung Perahu are two popular spots for trekking site. More information for trekking trip arrangement around Dieng contact +6285876186269 or visit [5]

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Carica syrup and Mie Ongklok

Eat[edit][add listing]

Try the banana sweets at one of the street stalls!

Also try Carica, its a local planted fruit, same family as papaya known as Carica papaya, commonly serves in a jar sub-marinate with sweet water.

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Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Hotel Nusa indah. new hotel in Dieng Plateau. close to the temples. very clean and hot water in the room. not bad because its very cold on the plateau . Tv. for family there is a small appartement with two rooms and beautiful view on the montains.The family who run this place is very friendly. No breakfast yet. 250.000.  edit
  • Penginapan Dieng (Homestay Dieng), jl. Raya Dieng Km. 0, 085726172619, [2]. houses which were transformed into homestays or cheap hotels (low budget hotels) are not only being places to stay while exploring Dieng, but also offer a chance to interact with friendly local.  edit
  • Hotel Dieng (Hotel Dieng), jl. Raya Dieng Km. 2, 085600066106, [3].  edit
  • Penginapan Dieng (Penginapan Dieng), Dieng, [4].  edit

Stay safe[edit]

This is an active volcanic region and all visitors are urged to regularly check geological reports. In late September 2009 for example, a new period of signinficant eruptive activity was reported [6].

Get out[edit]

  • Purwokerto - gateway to some great trekking including mighty Mount Slamet.

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