The biggest Buddhist temple in the world and one of the UNESCO list of world heritage site, Borobudur Temple, was built in 9th century. This made Borobudur Temple as the one of the oldest temple in the world. The temple is featured with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues which are made from about 55,000 cubic metres of andhesite stones over the 123×123 metres of the temple base area. Can you imagine how these stones stick one to another forming a huge temple without using cement?
The Borobudur Temple construction is estimated to have taken about 75 years completion. The temple itself has 3 levels from the lowest base of the temple, the middle of the body of the monument, to the peak of the main stupa that represent Buddhist cosmology, Kamadhatu (the world of desires), Rupadhatu (the world of forms), and finally Arupadhatu (the formless world).
Borobudur is situated in Magelang Regency, Central Java Province. The closest big city near Magelang is Jogja, so you have to reach Jogja first before taking a trip to Borobudur (or you can also directly go to magelang from Solo City/Semarang/Jakarta by bus). To reach Magelang, you can get a flight/train/bus from Jakarta (violet line) to Jogja first and then go to Magelang/Borobudur, or as i said before, you can also directly go from Jakarta to Magelang by bus without transit in Jogja. To Reach Magelang/Borobudur from Kuala Lumpur (blue line), Singapore (orange line), Balikpapan (yellow line), or Bali (green line), you have to transit first in Jogja before you get a day tour to Borobodur.
How To get There
Borobudur Temple (A) is located approximately 40 kilometers northwest Jogja (short name of Yogyakarta City) or it is about an hour trip from Jogja (B). You can use public transportation from Jogja Bus Terminal to Magelang and change the bus to Borobudur Temple.
Alternatively, you can rent a car for about 250.000 rupiah a day without a driver or 300.000 with a driver. Renting a motorcycle for about 25.000 – 50.000 a day might be the easiest and the cheapest option.
If you have a time, there is also a majestic temple near Jogja called Prambanan Temple (C). It is also UNESCO world heritage site which looks like skyscrapers. Just take a half hour ride to the northeast Jogja.
The Borobudur opens from 06.00 – 17.00. Please come before the temple open or before the temple close if you want to hunt the sunrise/sunset. In my opinion, the sunrise and sunset behind the temple provide an exotic view rather than the brighter one in a daylight.
The entry ticket is priced from 15,000 – 35,000 rupiah depends on the workdays or the weekend days. The entry ticket also has different price for domestic visitor and foreign visitors.
Borobudur Pictures Gallery
– The overall body of the Borobudur monument.
– The stone reliefs.
– The main stupa at the peak of the Borobudur temple