The ancient Borobudur temple (temple – hill) is the biggest Buddhist monument on the world! It’s located in central Java with the nearest town Muntilan. It’s also close to Magelang city and an hour drive from Yogyakarta (often called Jogja by local people). This world’s largest Buddhist temple was built between 750-850. The temple was abandoned when Islam arrived on the island in 14th century.
Is Borobudur worth visiting?
Borobudur temple is one of the most magnificent places on earth and you must visit at least once in your life. 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.
The temple monument is best to be discovered with the sunrise, slowly unveiling the beauty of the temple architecture, ringed by smoking volcano peaks.
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.
Nodoby used this temple for almost one thousand year. Then explorers rediscovered it in ruinous condition in 1814. Thanks to the association of 27 countries, the government of Indonesia and UNESCO, Indonesian people restored it 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?
Borobudur can be reached in several ways. You can take public transport or take a tour. Borobudur can be reached by public bus from Jombor bus terminal in Yogyakarta. It can be also reached directly from the airport. Bus times to Borobudur are easily accesible in departing stations. There’s no need to go with an organized tour, I would even recommend going on your own, it’s not a place where you want ot be accompanied by other travelers. Sunrise will be memorable experience.
I usually travel by a local public transport. It’s invaluable way of traveling and meeting local people. Me and my friend Nati were aiming for a sunset in Borodubur we decided to take an early taxi. The fare one way was 300 000 Rupiah (2015). Beside, it was precious to get there before the crowds. It was one of the most amazing mystique experiences to have this place for your own.
To hear the silence of the place early morning is probably the best time to visit Borodubur. However lots of visitors arrive for the sunset, which is equally spectacular. But the view spreading over the surrounding jungle and volcano peaks is much more pensive in morning hours. You need to walk a little to the base of the hill then climb a series of steps to reach top of the temple for a sunrise view.