Well, aside from the Prambanan and Borobudur, there are actually 5 temples in Jogja which are no less charming to visit (Mendut Temple, Plaosan Temple, Ijo Temple, Sambisari Temple, Barong Temple). These sites, albeit they are less popular compared to the two major temples mentioned earlier, are actually wonderful too! Below you can find the description of each of them.
The first temple which is less popular but not less interesting to visit when you are in Jogja is the Mendut Temple. This site, located just three kilometers east of the Borobudur temple (the largest Buddhist temple in the world), was deliberately built in a position where a straight line could be drawn from the Borobudur and Pawon Temple. It is found out that these three temples used to be connected to each other by a series of paved roads. This 26.4 meter-tall Buddhist temple, by the way, is the oldest among them.
Unlike most of the temples found in Indonesia, Plaosan Temple is unique since it was built by combining Hindu and Buddhist style into one- visible from its peak which is shaped with Hindu characteristics while the base is built with Buddhist style. This site is located only 1.5 kilometers east of Sewu Temple (part of the Prambanan Temple complex). It is composed of two identical temples which are 15 meters in height and 10 meters in width.
The next temple is the most challenging one to reach compared to the other four since Ijo temple is located at the highest place in the Special Region of Jogjakarta. Ijo is a Javanese word which means green and the temple was named as such since it was built on a hill called as the Green Hill or Bukit Ijo in the ancient times. Located 410 meters above the sea level, the scenery is breathtaking. Here, you can take a look around the 17 building structures.
This temple is located within the village of Sambisari, hence its name. The temple was pretty recent in terms of discovery since it was accidentally discovered by a local farmer named Karyowinangun in 1966. Unfortunately, the temple is now pretty barren since there are not many historical notes which can be used as a guide to reconstruct Sambisari Temple.
The last temple we are going to mention in this article is the temple located in the village of Candisari, Jogjakarta. It is known that the temple was built around the 9th or 10th century. Barong temple is composed of two ratnas (the peak found on Hindu temples) that are identical. Unlike other temples, these two buildings were built without a room that you can enter. Well, those are the 5 temples in Jogja which are no less charming to visit (Mendut Temple, Plaosan Temple, Ijo Temple, Sambisari Temple, Barong Temple!