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Ratu Boko Palace

Inspect the structures that reveal the secular aspects of society on this high plateau with panoramic views of a volcano.

Ratu Boko Palace is part of a spectacular archaeological compound of ancient structures on a plateau. The vast complex covers an area of 40 acres (16 hectares) and contains the vestiges of a fascinating community. Learn about settlements from more than 1,000 years ago with a trip through the many buildings that make up this complex.

Climb the steps and enter through the gray gate of the Ratu Boko site. Admire the ruins of the palace, which retains evidence of fortified walls and a dry moat. This suggests it was used as a defensive structure as well as a royal residence. Watch the sun descend behind the ruins, which are silhouetted against the red sky.

Most of the complex is 643 feet (196 meters) above sea level. Ascend to the highest part of the archaeological site, where you will find a small pavilion offering excellent views of the surrounding countryside. Capture photos of the scenic undulating terrain dotted with these iconic gray ruins. Spot the Prambanan temples and Mount Merapi in the distance.

Make your way around the large site to see the various old structures, such as the pool, the crematorium and the audience hall. It also has miniature temples and a walled compound known as the Women’s Quarter. Take a break with dinner at the small restaurant.

The entire complex stands out from nearby archaeological sites due to its abundance of secular structures. Despite this, it contains many Hindu and Buddhist shrines and symbols.

Purchase a combination ticket that includes entrance to the nearby Prambanan complex. The Ratu Boko Palace site opens daily from early morning until early evening. Entrance fees are lower from late afternoon onwards.

Ratu Boko Palace is about 9 miles (14 kilometers) east of the center of Yogyakarta and 2 miles (3 kilometers) south of Prambanan temple complex. Ride the Trans Jogja bus to Prambanan and walk or take a taxi south for 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) to get here.


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