Travel Guide to Enjoy Sunset & Sunrise in The Borobudur Temple

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Indonesia Travel Guide – Indonesia has a lot of wonderful tourist destinations. Among them is the Borobudur Temple, which is the world’s largest Buddhist temple. Built in the 9th century by the Sailendra Dynasty, this magnificent temple is certainly a must-visit. Here, we will give you a simple and brief guide to get to the temple, what to do and where to stay.

How to Go to the Borobudur Temple

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There are three ways to get to the temple: via public transportation, renting a car, and booking a tour package.

  • Public Transportation

You can get to the temple by taking public buses. If you are in Yogyakarta city center, just go with Trans-Jogja buses (the 2A and the 2B) to get to the bus terminal in Jombor. From Jombor terminal, find a bus with Borobudur Bus Terminal as its destination. The total cost of the trip should be around IDR 50,000.

  • Renting a Car

You can also rent a car with a driver to get to the temple. The price range is IDR 400,000 to 800,000, depending on factors like the distance, destination, fuel, parking charges, and driver’s meals.

  • Tour Package

This is the most convenient way to reach the temple. Of course, the benefit is not limited to getting to the temple. All other accommodation, like what to do and where to stay should also be taken care of by the touring agency.

Things to Do in Borobudur Temple

There are many things you can do in the temple and in the temple’s surrounding area. For example,

  • Going to the Temple

First and foremost is, of course, going to the Borobudur Temple. The temple has four entry points. The temple is divided into three levels: kamadhatu, rupadhatu, and arupadhatu. These levels represent the Buddhist cosmology.  There are 72 stupas, 504 Buddha sculptures, and 2,672 carved panels. Borobudur is open from 06.00 to 17.00

Entrance Fee:

  • The entrance fee for adults is IDR 50,000 (locals) and USD 30 (foreigner)
  • The entrance fee for kids/children is IDR 25,000 (locals) and USD 20 (foreigner)

Borobudur Temple is not open during sunrise and sunset. If you want to enjoy sunrise or sunset, you will need a special pass. This special pass can be purchased at Manohara Resort. The price of the special pass for sunrise or sunset is IDR 475,000 (adult) and IDR 250,000 (kids).

  • Go to the ‘Chicken’ Church

Near Setumbu Hill, there is a church that is shaped like a chicken. Originally, the architecture was meant to symbolize a dove, but the locals say otherwise.

  • Explore the Mendut Temple

Unlike the Borobudur Temple, Mendut Temple is small. However, it still looks majestic, especially during the night. Usually, visitors are allowed to explore the temple during the night if they are accompanied by a local tour guide.

  • Enjoy the Sunset

Enjoying the sunset in the Borobudur Temple is always nice. The sunset in the Borobudur Temple is a whole another thing. The combination of the beauty of the temple and the sunset create a breathtaking view.

Where to Stay

There are lots of places to stay near the temple. The following are some of the remarkable ones:

  • Amanjiwo Resort

If you need a luxurious place to stay, this resort is one of the best. Located on a hill, you can see the amazing temple from the resort.  Using a car, it takes around 7 minutes to get to the temple from this resort via.

  • Amata Borobudur Resort

This resort blends nature and local architecture in a unique way. Here you will be able to enjoy the natural sceneries surrounding the resort as well as the local architecture used in it. It takes no more than 10 minutes of driving to reach the temple from this resort.

  • Cempaka Villa II

If you want an on-site restaurant, a cozy and intimate place to rest with accommodation, look no further than the Cempaka Villa II. It offers various amenities, including even horse riding. You can get to the temple from this resort by walking in about 10 minutes.

  • Manohara Borobudur

This hotel is the only one that is located inside the temple complex. As such, you can get to the temple very quickly. This place is located very close to the temple. It takes only 10 minutes of walking to reach the temple.

The Borobudur Temple has not just a calm atmosphere but also a breathtaking view. Especially if you are on top of the temple during sunrise or sunset. You wouldn’t want to miss it if you visit Indonesia. So, be sure to put it on your must-visit destinations list.

Want to enjoy your trip to the temple thoroughly without anything to worry about? If the answer is yes, we suggest you book a tour package. With a tour package, there is no more worrying about how to get to the temple, what to do, and where to stay. Most of your time should only be spent on enjoying the trip, after all.

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