Borobudur the most mystique place in Indonesia!

In Asia, Borobudur, Destinations, Indonesia, PL language, Yogyakarta by Freestyle2 Comments

The magnificent Buddhist ancient temple Borobudur (temple – hill) is located in central Java.It’s close to Magelang city and an hour drive from Yogyakarta (often called Jogja by local people). It’s the world’s largest Buddhist temple built between 750 – 850. The history of the place is captured on its reliefs, which cover the walls of the terraces, presenting the life scenes of Buddha and jataka. Some of the art reflects India’s influence on the region. Jataka – one of the popular stories of former lives of the Buddha, often illustrating Indian’s customs and traditions. Around the circular platforms on the top terraces are 72 stupas, each containing a statue of the Buddha. The temple was abandoned for almost one thousand year. It was rediscovered in ruinous condition in 1814. Thanks to the association of 27 countries, the government of Indonesia and UNESCO it has been restored and since 1983 it  remains one of the most spectacular ancient temple on earth. The temple is located in plain Kedu surrounded by pure jungle. Borobudur is based on Mount Meru in Hindu mythology – a mystic Buddhist symbol of the universe, combining the square as earth and the circle as heaven.

How to get to Borobudur?

There is a couple of possibilities to get to Borobudur by public transport or a tour. Public bus can take you to Borobudur from Jombor Bus Terminal in Yogyakarta of directly from the airport. You can easily check the information on bus schedules. My advice is to make it on your own this time and for sure you won’t be disappointed… I usually travel by local public transport – but this time I chose to go by taxi with my friend Nati to get there before sunrise! The fare one way was 300 000 Rupiah. There are several reasons you want to be there before crowds of tourists.  First of all this is one of the most beautiful and mystical places I have ever seen in my entire life! Early morning is the best time to visit Borodubur if you want to capture an incredible view of the temple and surrounding jungle, enjoying the silence of the place. You need to walk a little to the base of the hill then climb a series of steps to reach the temple foot for the sunrise view. This morning volcanoes landscape is just stunning.


Niesamowita światynia buddyjska Borobudur (świątynia – wzgórze) znajduje się w środkowej Jawie, niedaleko miasta Magelang, około godziny jazdy od Yogyakarty (często nazywana dżodżja przez tamtejszych mieszkańców). To największa świątynia buddyjska na świcie z 750 – 850 roku. Historia tego miejsca zapisana jest w reliefach, znajdujących się w dolnych tarasach budowli, przedstawiających sceny z życia Buddy i dżataki. Na ściennej rzeźbie widoczne są wpływy indyjskie. Dżataka to opowieść o poprzednich wcieleniach Buddy, a także zbiór opowiadań dający obraz folkloru i obyczajowości indyjskiej. Na trzech górnych tarasach znajdują się 72 dagody, w każdej z nich znajduje się figura Buddy. Należy przybyć w to miejsce przed wschodem słońca, wspiąć się na szczyt świątyni aby podziwiać niespotykany widok i atmosferę. Świątynia usytuowana jest na równinie Kedu, dookoła porośnięta gęstą dżunglą.

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      It is Giegor.. Indonesia itself is stunning, Borobudur and Ijen crater were my favourite experience from the whole Asia. Try 😉

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