Mendut Temple

By | April 28, 2018

Mendut Temple

A Unique Throne of Buddha

Mendut temple is a Buddhist temple which is quite famous both in national or international tourism. If we are looking the temple from a distance, it looks like a throne of Buddha in a big size. Moreover, the word Mendut is derived from the word Venu, Vana, Mandira. It means the temple is in the middle of the bamboo forest. The early history of temple still has several versions and can not be ascertained.


The famous historian named J.G. de Casparis explained that the temple was built during the reign of Sailendra dynasty in 824 AD. It is based on the of Prasati Karangtengah. In the inscription mentioned that the King built a sacred building and named it Wenuwana. Wenuwana or bamboo forest is defined by de Casparis as Mendut Temple. Hence, by using the assumption, the history of the temple has begun before the temple of Borobudur. It proves that the temple has an older age than the Borobudur Temple.

The Architecture of Mendut Temple

Generally, the temple has a floor plan with a square shape. It has an overall height of 26.4 m. The foundation is a rock with a height of 2 meters. In the walls of the temple, there are approximately 31 panels featuring some reliefs with stories and flower sculptures that indicate the pattern of the temple. Furthermore, the staircase is located on the western side of the temple. It is exactly in front of the entrance into the body of the temple. In the inside of the temple, we can see three Buddha statues. Those are Buddha Sakyamuni, Arca Budha Avalokitesvara, and Bodhisattva Vajrapani.

Location of Mendut Temple

Mendut temple is located in Central Java, exactly in Mendut Village, District Mungkid, Magelang District. Located about 38 km from the city of Yogyakarta. This temple is also not far enough from other famous temple, Borobudur Temple. Viewed from the history of the temple mendut, Borobudur temple has a fairly close relationship with the Borobudur Temple and Pawon Temple. When you look from the map, the location of these three Buddhist temples form a straight line from north to south. If you are joining Yogyakarta Borobudur Tour Package, you will have a rare opportunity to visit the three historical temples and some additional places such as Prambanan temple and Keraton Yogyakarta.

Nearby Places of Interest

  • Borobudur Temple
  • Pawon Temple
  • Prambanan Temple
  • Keraton Yogyakarta
  • Malioboro
  • Kota Gede

Facilities in Mendut Temple

  • Drink Stalls
  • Food Stalls
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Rest Room
  • Parking Park