Magelang near Borobudur
"Stay in Magelang, an alternative to Yogyakarta"
If your things to do include Borobudur, Dieng plateau, Gedong Songo temples, Ambarawa railway museum and/or Merapi volcano (climbing or view from Ketep Pass), consider staying in Magelang instead of Yogyakarta.
With Magelang as a base you are closer to all these destinations, and in Magelang you won't be bothered by souvenir sellers, would-be guides and pickpockets. The town has comparatively many well-preserved colonial buildings and a first-rate, price-worthy resort.
Picture: The pre-independence Teacher Training College building now houses the Registrar's Office of Magelang regency.
Borobudur is the greatest Buddhist temple in Indonesia which is located near Magelang, around 3 hours driving from Semarang.
This temple has been abandoned for hundreds of years before UNESCO and Indonesian Government performed restoration and listed it as one of World Heritage Sites.
City near the ancient Boroburdor
While working in near Cirebon, I was able to take an weekend and visit Magelang (Boroburdor) and Yogjakarta.
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Magelang, city in southwestern Indonesia, on the island of Java, in the Praga River highlands between Mount Merapi and Mount Sumbing near Yogyakarta. A road junction on a railroad, the city is the trade center for a rich agricultural area producing sugar, rice, corn, cassava, and tobacco. Textile milling is the chief industry. Borobudur, a famous Hindu-Buddhist temple complex with sculptured galleries, is to the south; it is believed to have been built in the 9th century under the Sailendra dynasty. To the east, at the foot of Mount Merapi, lies the resort of Kaliarang. Magelang was capital of Kedu residency and site of a military station under the Dutch. Population (1997 estimate) 122,960.