Borobudur Temple

Attraction Magelang, Indonesia Published on: 21-03-2016

2 hours
06:00 AM - 05:00 PM
06:00 AM
08:00 AM
First-time visit
Must see
Temple & Monument
20.00 USD

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Borobudur temple is the most magnificent Buddhist monument and the largest stupa complex in the world that is recognized by UNESCO.

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Why Borobudur Temple is special ?

Borobudur is the biggest Buddhist temple in the world. Thousands of foreign tourists are willing to travel thousands of miles just to see the masterpiece that became one of the seven wonders of the world. Borobudur temple is mesmerizing anyone who sees it. This magnificent Buddhist temple containing an array of six square terraces over which the three circular courtyard. The walls are decorated with 2672 relief panels and 502 Buddha statues. The main and biggest stupa located in the middle and surrounded by 72 perforated stupas in which there are statues of Buddha. It is said that visitors who could hold the statues in the stupa, will get a fortune. Borobudur was built in the 8th century and 9th. So, this historic building has been there 300 years before Cambodia's Angkor Wat and 400 years before the cathedrals building in Europe. Borobudur is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


What to explore at Borobudur Temple?

Borobudur temple consists of six terraces with square shape and has three circular-yards on top of it. The wall is decorated with 2672 panels of relief map and 502 Buddha statues. The main stupa is located in the center and is the biggest which surrounded by 72 holed-stupa which has a cross-legged sitting Buddha. According to the Buddhist cosmology, the temple is divided into three levels:

Kamadhatu (the world of desires) means the world that still controlled by passion or lust. This part was believed to be made to strengthen the temple’s construction.

Rupadhatu (the formless world), means the world where we can free our self from passion and lust. This part consists of four aisles with 1300 relief map with total length of 2.5 km.

Arupadhatu (the world of forms), is when human are freed from any desire and their connection with shape and form, but not yet reach the nirvana. This highest level is symbolized with the biggest and tallest plain stupa (stupa which has no hole).

Every year during the full moon around May or June, the Buddhist celebrate Vesak day. Seconds before the full moon appears, the Buddhist will gather around the temple. It is believed that during the Vesak time Buddha will appear on top of the mountain in the south part.


How to get to Borobudur Temple?

You can reach the temple by:

From Yogyakarta: Via Airport (Adisucipto) : Take Trans Yogya route 3A (Green Minibus) drop in Terminal Condong Catur (about 3 stop from Airport), take similar bus route 2A end at Jombor Bus Terminal..then take minibus to direct to Borobudur Temple (fare Rp.25.000).

You can also take airport bus (name Damri) to Magelang drop in Muntilan and take bus to Borobudur.

From train Station : You can take Trans Yogya in famous street Malioboro to drop in Jombor bus terminal.

By private vehicles: Departed from Yogya downtown, take the route to Magelang Street and head for Magelang City. After about 30 minutes trip, you will find the sign post showing direction to Borobudur. Turn left after you see the sign post. Keep following the road as it will take you to the temple.


Selling points

  • The largest Buddhist temple in South East of Asia
  • Be spoilt for amazing scenery and view
  • Amazing display of ancient civilisation
  • World-class historic landmark experience
  • One of the top UNESCO World Heritage sites
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Tips for you

  • If you're looking forward on buying souvenirs, it's better to come late. Cause that's when the sellers get desperate and they sell them for a very low price.
  • You should hire a tourist guide for a better experience and new things to learn (Rp 50.000).
    Things to do
  • The native children will want to have their photos taken with you because your appearance is so unlike anyone they know. It's nice to spread goodwill and allow them to have their photos taken with you.
    Things to do
  • You can join in a sunrise tour inside Borobudur temple but you have to pay some extra money to get in the park before 6am.
    Things to do
  • One thing to look out for is to see Borobudur Sunrise and Borobudur Sunset over the temple. The splash of morning sunlight hitting the stupas and the statue of Buddha makes the grandeur and splendor of the temple being more felt.
    What to see
  • This place is really very hot. You should bring sunscreen, umbrella, sunglass or hat in order to protect from sun light.
    What to bring
  • At the exit, you can take a left at the base level, and go to the corner for a great photo spot.
  • According to local's custom, if you walk to the top and walk clockwise direction for 3 rounds then you can make a wish.
  • You can get a combined ticket for Borobudur and Prambanan Temple for $30, which is good value as it lasts for two days.
    Ticket and Pricing


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Borobudur is a 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist monument. The monument comprises six square platforms topped by three circular platforms, and is decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues.

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The monument consists of six square platforms topped by three circular platforms, and is decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues.

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Candi Borobodur adalah monumen Budha terbesar di dunia.Candi yang dibangun pada masa Raja Samaratungga tahun 824,memiliki luas 123x123 m² dengan 504 patung Buddha,72 stupa terawang dan 1 stupa induk.

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"Borobudur Temple" is known as Candi Borobudur. The only old Javanese manuscript that hints at the monument as a holy Buddhist sanctuary is Nagarakretagama, written by Mpu Prapanca in 1365.

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With the existing greatness and mystery, it makes sense if many people put Borobudur in their agenda as a place worth visiting in their lives...

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Got an opportunity to see sunrise at Borobudur Temple via Manohara Hotel, charge with IDR 250.000 quite expensive for a "sunrise show". We arrived at Hotel by 4:05AM and still have time for chit chat and before going to the top of temple I go for morning run, early morning I guess :D 2 laps for 3,6KM. Unfortunately it's cloudy when the sunrise come so it's pretty bad we can not see the sunrise. Overall, Borobudur is a must visit place if you come to Central Java, Jogjakarta especially.

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went on the sunrise trip, starts at 5.30 in the morning and witness the greatness of borobudur. amazing..!!Entered the tour from Manohara (Borobudur center of history and learn), the tour guide is verry good on explaining every aspects of the temple

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I enjoyed the cool breeze during the sunriseThe place turns hot as it gets brighter and with the influx of tourists after 9am, best leave earlier

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One of the wonder world, this giant temple is amazing. Surrounding with beautiful park. To enter the temple area you must wear proper clothes. You can borrow batik cloth before climb up to the temple for free. Entrance fee for local was IDR 30.000 for adult and IDR 15.000 for child, and USD 20 for foreigner. You also can learn about history of this temple at museum or watch video visual about Borobudur temple. Please bring along your hat, umbrella, sunblock, sunglass...cause the weather is kind hot. Better visit in the morning with beautiful sunrise or evening before sunset. Opening hour : 06.00 am - 05.00 pm.

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Beautiful landscape. Peaceful and adorable temple in Jogyakarta. One os indonesian herritage.

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