Ramayana Ballet at Prambanan

Ramayana Ballet at Prambanan

Ramayana Ballet at Prambanan
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  • jjjoana
    Singapore, Singapore107 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful cultural show
    It was a really interesting showcase. Would definitely recommend to go see it. Just take note that some periods of the year, it is indoor instead of outdoor (overlooking the Prambanan temple). Unfortunately in Dec it was indoors so we missed watching with the backdrop of Prambanan temple. It is ok if you don’t know the story prior to the show as there were slides telling the scenario in English as well so that you won’t get lost in the performance. About an hour and a half show, just nice :)
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 9 December 2023
  • Saranya A
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    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enjoy the show
    They had subtitles to go with the play for those who are lost abt the story. Because it’s the monsoon season the sitting was in the indoor theatre but think they could have made an exception if the weather holds up. The Prambanan temple backdrop would have completed the experience
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 December 2023
  • Jalaja Mani
    Bengaluru, India34 contributions
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    Ramayana Ballet at Prambanan , Yogyakarta
    Being from India and also as I am in the midst of reading the Valmiki Ramayana(there is a traditional ritualistic method of reading), the Ballet experience was amazing. The narration in the form of a dance-drama was very apt in so far as the story (mind you it is a 24002 couplets story) could how well be abridged for the dance-drama to convey the essence the epic. Hats off to Indonesia for giving a wonderful glimpse of this great work which is most sacred to the Hindus. There could not have been a better venue for this classic programme than the precincts of the mighty Prambanan Temple complex. Words are insufficient to convey my appreciation of the Indonesian Government for preserving their ancient culture and traditions despite their transition to other cultural practices'.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 December 2023
  • Sergio M
    Arlington, Virginia121 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go for the VIP Seats
    Having the VIP Seats with the cushions was the best decision ever, I am sorry to everyone who was sitting on the concrete. VIP seats came with light snacks and coffee/tea. Nothing to write home about, however. Definitely get dinner beforehand. Overall, the show was amazing! So many theatrics that I didn't expect to see. The Prambanan Temple lit in the background was the cherry on top. Add this to your Jogja Itinerary.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 June 2024
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jjjoana
Singapore, Singapore107 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
It was a really interesting showcase. Would definitely recommend to go see it. Just take note that some periods of the year, it is indoor instead of outdoor (overlooking the Prambanan temple). Unfortunately in Dec it was indoors so we missed watching with the backdrop of Prambanan temple. It is ok if you don’t know the story prior to the show as there were slides telling the scenario in English as well so that you won’t get lost in the performance. About an hour and a half show, just nice :)
Written 9 December 2023
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Jalaja Mani
Bengaluru, India34 contributions
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Nov 2023 • Family
Being from India and also as I am in the midst of reading the Valmiki Ramayana(there is a traditional ritualistic method of reading), the Ballet experience was amazing. The narration in the form of a dance-drama was very apt in so far as the story (mind you it is a 24002 couplets story) could how well be abridged for the dance-drama to convey the essence the epic. Hats off to Indonesia for giving a wonderful glimpse of this great work which is most sacred to the Hindus. There could not have been a better venue for this classic programme than the precincts of the mighty Prambanan Temple complex. Words are insufficient to convey my appreciation of the Indonesian Government for preserving their ancient culture and traditions despite their transition to other cultural practices'.
Written 29 December 2023
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Sergio M
Arlington, VA121 contributions
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May 2024 • Family
Having the VIP Seats with the cushions was the best decision ever, I am sorry to everyone who was sitting on the concrete. VIP seats came with light snacks and coffee/tea. Nothing to write home about, however. Definitely get dinner beforehand. Overall, the show was amazing! So many theatrics that I didn't expect to see. The Prambanan Temple lit in the background was the cherry on top. Add this to your Jogja Itinerary.
Written 4 June 2024
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Lynn
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Dec 2017 • Friends
Great live performances of the epic Ramayana saga! The music, dance, drama, lighting and costumes were overall well combined and arranged professionally resulting an awesome show and memorable experience. The show lasts for 2 hours, divided into 2 sessions with 5-10 minutes break time.
The entrance fee is different, depend on the seats position:
* in Trimurti Theater:
- Class 2: IDR125K (160 seats available on the left and right side of the stage).
- Class 1: IDR200K (118 seats available on the left and right side of the stage's corner).
- Special: IDR300K (52 seats available right in front of the stage. Entitled to get free soft drink ).
* in Open Amphitheater:
- Class 2: IDR125K (668 seats available on the left and right side of the stage).
- Class 1: IDR200K (276 seats available on the left and right side of the stage's corner).
- Special: IDR300K (130 seats available in front of the stage, behind the VIP seats area. Entitled to get free soft drink).
- VIP: IDR400K (64 seats available right in front of the stage. Entitled to get free selected drink).
There are 2 theaters available at different close together location, used base on the ballet performances schedule:
* On January to April and November to December 2018, the show will be held at Trimurti Theater; indoor, smaller theater with 330 seats capacity.
* On May to October 2018, the show will be held at Open Amphitheater; outdoor, open air theater with 1,118 seats capacity and Prambanan Temple as stage's background.
The 2018 Performances Day Schedule is enclosed for reference.
Written 1 March 2018
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Mansi T
Jakarta, Indonesia54 contributions
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Feb 2015 • Family
First of all, try not to club the Borobodur with Prambanan. Take your time at the Prambanan temple, get a guide and then head over to an early dinner to the restaurant that is set with the backdrop of Prambanan, followed by the beautiful Ramayana Ballet. The story of Ramayana is etched onto the temple walls and that's why it makes it so much more important to go watch the ballet after.

The show runs 3-4 times a week and narrates the epic Ramayana through Javanese dance form and performed along with the Gamalan music. We went in February and saw the show indoors but during the dry season (May-October), the Ballet takes place outdoors against the backdrop of the Prambanan temple.

There's usually english narration that is projected on the screen next to the stage so that you can follow the story.
Written 22 February 2015
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Zouave2k
Washington DC56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Solo
It was a beautifully clear day when I visited Prambanan, and I decided to see the Ramayana performance that evening in the open air theatre with the temple in the background. It was a beautiful pageant of flowing color and sound. I didn't have a program so just gave myself over to the story - it was easy enough to follow. It is a bit of a pantomime with easily recognized heroes and heroines, demons and villains. It is a two hour long performance with a brief intermission two thirds of the way through. You may be tempted to leave at the intermission, but that would be a mistake. If you want photos, don't do what I did and forget to bring a tripod!! I got a 2nd class ticket so sat in the peanut gallery. If you're big on photography, you might want to sit closer. VIP seats run the equivalent of about 25 dollars, but the 2nd class seats cost about $8. Although there are a lot of action scenes involving very stylized personal combat and all out war, this is not for kids or people with short attention spans - it moves at a stately pace. If you're easily distracted, it might be best for you to go back to your hotel and watch television.
Written 13 May 2019
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ropate01
Sydney, Australia168 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2018 • Business
A wonderful experience all round. The show was beautiful with English storylines played on screens to the side so you knew what was happening. Although, the storyline was pretty clear.

A must do.
Written 14 July 2018
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TempleofPeace
Hong Kong720 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Friends
A most interesting ballet performance of about 2 hours enacting the Ramayana epic. Arrows fly here and there, with one aimed at the audience - beware if you are in the VIP seats in the centre. Live music (gamelan, drums, strings) and sung accompaniment; spectacular costumes and makeup. Side-titles in English and Bahasa so that you can follow along as the dialogue is in Sanskrit.
Written 24 May 2017
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S r
Singapore, Singapore15 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016 • Couples
Excellent performances by the artists. Orchestra was also fascinating. The ballet does not happen daily (so check the website prior to your visit) and I think open air theatre performance starts only in May. It would also be good to book in advance, else the tickets run out sometimes. We saw the ballet inside the closed Trimurti theatre. While pamphlets are available in a couple of languages and there is a screen in the background with subtitles in Bahasa & English, the English can be improved a lot. We knew the story so could follow the ballet but that might not be the case for other international tourists. If they don't understand the story, it would just remain like a colorful performance in their memory.

Also, the audience kept pouring in even half way through the performance, which is absolutely disrespectful. Needless to say most were busy filming the performance or clicking photos with flash on! Given that the ticket prices are high, the management should keep some ground rules for the performance. Atleast to keep the aisles clear, because the artists come and go through these aisles in between their performance. At one point there was a guy in the audience walking in the aisle talking on his phone and almost collided with an artist who was making his way down to the stage. So disrespectful.
Written 28 March 2016
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yuninthesky
Singapore303 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Friends
We were contemplating whether or not to go for the ballet as we were had just arrived in Jogja. Upon seeing that it was a Saturday and probably the last day they would have the ballet outdoors with the Prambanan temples as the backdrop, we decided to go. They usually have the full ballet on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

We booked the seats through our hotel. We got one tier below the VIP - the first class seating. These tickets are behind the VIP but are facing center. They cost 1750000 rupiah. Comes with a free drink. These seats had cushions... if you are in second class, you can choose to rent a cushion. There were mosquitos so wear repellent and maybe bring a fan as it got quite hot. We took pictures with Rama, Sita and Hanuman before the show at the front of the theatre.

The performance was very entertaining. The performers were amazing and the costumes exquisite. Accompanied by the soothing sounds of the gamelan and the magnificent backdrop of the temples and we were afforded a magical rendition of the Ramayana. They provided synopsis of each scene of the play so we always knew what was going on. The play started at 7 with a short 10 minute interval in between and ended a little before 9 pm.

Definitely watch the full ballet in the outdoors if possible - only available in the dry season from May to October.
Written 26 November 2015
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