Sacred Sites in Southeast Asia | Dieng Plateau

Dieng Plateau
Indonesia, Central Java

The Dieng Plateau is a fertile agrarian tract of land in Java’s northern highlands. The plateau’s flat expanse is reached by a serpentine ascent through breathtaking terraced rice fields.

Green landscape in bright sun with mountains beyond
Volcano top through the clouds

The climb is steep, and the tops of volcanoes penetrate the surrounding mists.

Volcano top with green hills to both sides
Magenta flowers against a blue sky

At the plateau’s summit, the remains of hundreds of temples pepper the landscape. Little research has been devoted to this area, which must have been an important settlement from at least the ninth century.