Dieng PlateauCentral Java, famous for its scenery and ancient Hindu temples.
HistoryThe ancient Javanese Hindus built temples on the plateau, considering it a sacred place. The word Dieng is from the Sanskrit di (abode) and hyang (gods), and so means Abode of the Gods. Hundreds of temples were built between the 8th and 13th centuries by the Sanjaya dynasty, but only eight are left. They resemble those of Prambanan, but on a smaller scale. Local people refer to the temples according to the characters in ancient Javanese Hindu legends based on the Mahabharata and Ramayana stories.
The Dieng Temples are a group of 7th-century Hindu temples that are among the oldest surviving religious structures built in Java.
Arjuna temple groupFour aligned and well-preserved Hindu temples within a well-kept scented garden. Can be very crowded on week-ends and public holidays, so visit it at sunrise when the view is eye-catching. Some hotels organise sunrise tours. The entrance fee allows you to visit a volcanic fumarole.
Gatotkaca templeA square temple situated near the Arjuna group.
Pengilon & Warna LakesTwin lakes, one green and the other emerald, offer great scenery at sunrise. Best seen from the
Sikidang craterA volcanic crater. A nearby small hill provides a good viewpoint.
- Motorbike trips — to geothermal sites and temples can be arranged for about Rp60,000 per person. Sunrise is beautiful from up the mountain.
- Light trekking — with its hills, fields and villages offers a chance to explore it on foot. Trekking can be arranged from the nearest local accommodation or losmens. Sikunir and Gunung Perahu are two popular spots for trekking. More information for trekking trip arrangement around Dieng contact +6285876186269 or visit
Bu Djono Losmen & RestaurantA cheap restaurant with friendly staff. Doubles as a guest house and provides excellent advice about the sightseeing in the area. It’s also possible to book tours and rent vehicles.
phone: +62 852 9324-7232address: Dieng Plateau. Km. 01This simple, friendly place has been hosting backpackers for years and has a certain ramshackle charm with basic, clean, economy rooms and better options with hot-water private bathrooms and TV. Good tours are offered. It's very close to the turn-off for Wonosobo.
phone: +62 858 7848-6669, +62 852 9282-3636, +62 286 330-1246, +62 812 2691-8123, +62 286 330-1430address: Jl Telaga Warna, Dieng WetanClose to the temples, very clean with hot water in the rooms. TV. For a family there is a small apartment with two rooms and a beautiful view over the mountains. The family that runs this place is very friendly. No breakfast.
phone: +62 856 0006-6106address: Jl Dieng WonosoboAn agency specialising in cheap alternative lodging options around Wonosobo and Dieng, with pictures and reviews.