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Ratu Boko Palace

20 February 2013

Ratu Boko Palace

Ratu Boko is an archaelogical site in the form of royal palace of Old Mataram Kingdom from 8th century. According to the history of Old Mataram, Ratu Boko palace was used by the Sailendra Dinasty (Rakai Pangkaran) long before the time of King Samaratungga (the establishment of Borobudur Temple) and the Rakai Pikatan (the establishment of Prambanan Temple).

Besides leaving the historical evidence in the form of inscription scattered in Java, the Old Mataram Kingdom built many temple, both Hindu and Buddhist patterned. The finding of gold artefacts in Wonoboyo, indicate the richness of art and culture. The temples are Kalasan Temple, Plaosan Temple, Prambanan Temple, Mendut Temple, Pawon Temple, Borobudur Temple, and many more.

According to the ancient inscription that was made by Rakai Panangkaran in 746-784 AD, at the beginning, the building around Ratu Boko heritage site is called Abhayagiri Wihara.

Abhaya means no danger or peace. Abhayagiri means the Buddhist monks dormitory (vihara) that is located at the peaceful area on top of the hill. In the next period between 856-863 AD, Abhayagiri Wihara changed its name became Walaing Kraton that is proclaimed by Vasal Rakai named Rakai Walaing Pu Kumbayoni. Mantyasih inscription, which was built in 898-908 AD by Rakai Watukara Dyah Balitung, still mentioned Walaing as pedigree of Punta Tarka who made Mantyasih inscription. From the beginning of 10th century until the end of 16th century, there is no news about Kraton Walaing.

The name of Ratu boko comes from local people folk. Ratu Boko (in Javanese language means the king heron) was the father of Loro Jongrang, which became the name of the main temple at Prambanan Temple complex.

Sumunaring Abhyagiri

A contemporary piece of Java dance, the Sumunaring Abhayagiri, is performed at the Ratu Boko archeological site and tells the story of royal family.

Hundreds of performers tell the tale of adventures of two princely brothers, and their interactions with the local Boko community. The innate Javanese wisdom of the elders shines throughout, and he concept understanding one's natural place in the world is explored.

Developed in conjunction with the State University of Yogyakarta's department of dance, this is a truly modern and youthful spectacular. It maintains the traditional values of Javanese dance, including expressing moral principles as a way of education.

 

 

TECHNICAL DETAILS

STAMPS

Classification of Issuance

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Special

Product Code

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131102

Issue date

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20 February 2013

Designs and Denominations

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1/2 Ratu Boko Palace,  Rp 2.500,-

2/2 Sumunaring Abhayagiri,  Rp 2.500,-

Size

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25.31 mm x 41.06 mm

Perforations

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12.75 x 13.50

Sheet Composition

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20 pieces (5x4)

Price per Set

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Rp 5.000,-

Colours

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4 separation  + 1 invisible ink

Paper

:

Tullis Russel

Gum

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PVA

Printing Process

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Offset

Printing Quantity

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300.000 sets

Photographic

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Courtesy of PT Taman Wisata Candi Borobudur, Prambanan & Ratu Boko (Persero)

Printer

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Perum Peruri

 

First Day Cover

 

Product Code

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1321102

Price

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Rp 7.500,-

Printing Quantity

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4.000 pcs

Designer

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Tata Sugiarta

 

 

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