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Yogyakarta: Borobudur

“A UNESCO world heritage site”, “one of the greatest Buddhist monuments in the world”, “one of the places you have to see before you die”… These are just some of the common phrases found in Borobudur threads when browsing through the travel forums. Just looking at nice photographs of the structure is not enough. You have to visit the site to see the magnificent step pyramid structure with detailed reliefs on the walls, Buddha statues and stupas.

Borobudur
Borobudur

We went to Borobudur early on a weekday so there were just a few tourists in the area. Unfortunately, it was a very cloudy day so we were not able to see the sunrise. Guess it’s time to plan a return trip during the summer months.

Lion gate guardian
Lion gate guardian
Overlooking Borobudur Park
Overlooking Borobudur Park
One of the detailed reliefs on the walls of Borobudur
One of the detailed reliefs on the walls of Borobudur
Borobudur relief
Borobudur relief
Borobudur corridor with reliefs on the wall
Borobudur corridor with reliefs on the wall
Stupa
Stupa

Information on ticket prices and how to get there: Borobudur Park website

Tips:

  • The entrance fee includes free coffee, tea and water at the ticketing office.
  • Visit during the summer months to be able to see a the nice sunrise.
  • If you want to see the sunrise / sunset without the throng of tourists or without waking up at around 330am to reach the site from downtown, why not book an overnight stay at the Hotel Manohara Borobudur?
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