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    Sunrise at Candi Borobudur

    by Jeanling Updated Jun 21, 2013

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    The heart of the visit to Borobudur is the Borobudur Temple. It is the biggest Buddhist structure in the world and lies in the the Kedu Plain - a very fertile volcanic plain between the twin volcanoes of Mount Sumbing and Mount Sundoro to the west, and Mount Merbabu and Mount Merapi to the east.

    Manohara Sunrise Tour cost IDR230,000/pax and it's really worth waking in up early in the morning for that. It comes together with morning tea/coffee and light meal at the coffee shop.

    The temple can get quite crowded once the sunrise tour iss over and non hotel guests starts to flood the temple – so cherish the early morning tranquility you get during the sunrise tour, seeing the sun rising between the 2 great volcano of Merapi and Merbabu was simply magnificent with the silhouette of the Buddha statue in one of the opened stupa adorning your picturesque composition (if you are a photographer!) This alone is worth the visit.

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    Waisak Festival

    by black_mimi99 Written Jan 6, 2013
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    Waisak Festival (That also Known as Vessak in English), it’s the Biggest Buddhist Festivals that always be Held in Every Years. The Main purpose of the Waisak Festival In Borobudur, is to celebrate the birth, enlightenment and the death of Lord Buddha.This Festival is being held from morning start from Mendut temple then they will walk until to Borobudur. The festival in Borobudur is the highlight celebration of Waisak.
    In this festival, will be so many people from all Indonesia and other country who celebrated it and also so many tourist. And mostly they had wait from morning before the festival start in Borobudur.

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    NIGHT BEAUTY OF BOROBUDUR FROM HIGHER POINT

    by olenx Written Apr 29, 2012
    Borobudur Viewe From Foot of Hill At Night.

    Borobudur is ones of most interested sites of Central Java. It'is considered as the world's largest stupa, this was an achievement of the Vajrayana sect of the Tantrict School of Budism which was accepted in Indonesia around AD 700. No one know how exactly the structure of this stupa was built at time when engineering technique were yet to be developed. One thing for sure...thousands of labours worked very hard to built it.After completion of Borobudur in the ninth century, the records indicate that the population of the countryside of Central Java was drastically reduced.

    Now Borobudur attracts visitors to come and admire it's beuty.I have visited and seen it many times, the last one was on March 2012. Admire it's beauty and took photograph from distance, exactly on foot of Suroloyo hill at night when the stupa was under light. On next early morning hike through countryside up hill Suroloyo to have down look of Borobudur below. Borobudur was seen small with backround of volcano in the distance but beautiful from this point of view.

    To admire Borobudur from higher point, Suroloyo hill is good spot and to take specially photograph the lower point of foot of Suroloyo is well recomended for photography seekers. On clear weather, backround of volcano Merapi in the distance is a special added value of this spot.

    Some accomadations are available around village Majiksingi under foot of Suroloyo, even on top zone of this hill.So that ... spending the night on this point can be done comfortably and arranging visit to view point also can be easier prepared. Dry season is considered best time to have beatiful view of Borobudur from this view point.

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    Borobudur

    by robertgaz Written May 28, 2010

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    Borobudur rises up from the surrounding lush green paddies and is one of the world's most impressive Buddhist relics.

    It was built some time between AD 750-850 and it must have taken an army of workers to construct the two million block or so stones.

    Borobudur was conceived as a Buddhist vision of the cosmos with each of the ten levels level representing the journey from our everyday world to nirvana.

    It is located 42km's north west of Yogyakarta with regular public bus transport. Organised tours of Borobudur can also be arranged from most hotels in Jogja.

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    Visit Candi Mendut

    by monina_c Updated Nov 18, 2009

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    It is good to see Candi Mendut which is actually older than the more famous Candi Borobudur. You can explore the entire candi in 30 minutes or less, depending on how keen you are to learn about its contents (3 figures in different poses).

    There is a spreading Banyan tree on the grounds of the temple which you can use as a rest stop if you biked (like us). It seems to be a favorite playground of local kids.

    It will cost you Rp3,000 entrance fee and the guard inside the temple will appreciate a little cash donation for temple upkeep.

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    Ride a Bike to visit the temples

    by monina_c Written Nov 18, 2009

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    You can rent a bicycle from your hotel and take a leisurely ride to visit Pawon and Mendut Temples.
    My friend Isa and I rented a couple of bikes for 2,000 rupiahs per hour and challenged ourselves to conquer our fears and the highway traffic of Magelang!!!

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    Riding Elephant at Borobudur Temple

    by antydetty Updated Oct 7, 2009

    Going to Bodobudur without Riding Elephant?? it;s your loss
    travel through villages surrounding Borobudur Temple and having directly experience of Javanese's traditional life.
    While traveling on the elephant you could enjoy the beauty of nature, the wide greeny farming area with Borobudur at the left-side background and Menoreh hill at the right-side
    During 2,5 hours on the elephant you will have an unforgetable experience.

    to know more about the info i check from www.borobudurpark.com or www.tourthewonder.com

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    The Beautiful rising sun at Borobudur

    by antydetty Written Sep 13, 2009
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    If you never experience it before, trying to color the coming of the new life in the beginning of the year will become an unforgettable experience. The rising sun with its bright light will at least encourage you to live the life one year ahead, and for sure it becomes a remembrance that wisdom or nirvana symbolized by the peak of this temple is the main destination of your life.

    In order to enjoy the scenery of the sunrise, you can stay at Manohara hotel in the complex of Borobudur temple since evening. Alternatively, you may join Borobudur Sunrise package offered by some tour agencies. Otherwise, you will not be able to enter the temple complex and you will miss the sunrise, since the entrance gate of this tourism object is only open at around 07:30a.m.

    If you stay at Maonhara, you can start climbing Borobodur temple at any time to enjoy the sunrise. However, hotel management and some tour agencies usually lead you to go to the peak of Borobodur at 03:00 a.m. in order for you to have enough time to reach the peak on foot and you do not have to wait too long for the sunrise. The rise of the sun can usually be enjoyed at around 05:00a.m. It suggested that you wear your coat to expel the cold weather and to bring flashlight for lighting.

    Once the sky in the east begins to shine, you are ready to see the movement of the sunrise. Once the reddish yellow light emerges, it means dawn has come in the peak of Borobudur symbolizing nirvana. Uniqueness of watching sunrise in Borobodur is that the sun seems to emerge in between two mountains, namely Merapi as one of the most active mountains in the world and Merbabu that is often said to be its twin.

    When Merapi is active and the fog does not cover it, you will be able to see glowing magma pouring out of the mountain directing to the upper reaches of Krasak River. The bright red color of magma will look so bright in contrast with the dark sky. Last January 2006, tens of tourists enjoyed this view and during the increased activity of Merapi lately, you have the opportunity to enjoy it.

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    View of Mt Merapi from Borobudur temple

    by bkarjee Updated Nov 24, 2008

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    Mt Merapi as viewed from Borobudur temple
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    Mt Merapi stands majestically in the background, towering the temple. It was told to me by the guide that the temple was constructed from the rocks which were solidified lava from the eruptions of Mt Merapi. I didnt notice this summit earlier. Only when we moved to higher layer of the temple did I notice it. Clouds would engulf the mountain summit within minutes and after sometime, it would clear up. The view was not so clear because of the clouds. But whenever the summit showed up, it was spectacular.

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    The Borobudur Temple

    by tremendopunto Updated Oct 12, 2008

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    Borobudur is an impressive temple, dominating the region from a hill with its sheer size. The base is a 118x118m square and six terraces form a height of 42m, with a surrounding 5km long pilgrim´s path covered with fine bas-reliefs (1460 narrative and 1212 decorative panels) along the way up to the final stupa on the top. The last three terraces host some 72 stupas with a buddha statue visible in each one of them.
    It truely deserves to be counted to the 3 biggest buddhist sights on this planet, next to Bagan in Myanmar and Angkor in Cambodia. In its hey-days, there were buddhist pilgrims from all over Asia doing there pilgrimage to Borobudur. Nowadays tourists from all over the world come here - and despite being a single monument compared to the wide spread area of Bagan or Angkor, I found it not as heavily crowded as Angkor for example.

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    Borobudur Temple

    by aussiejen Updated Jun 21, 2008

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    Borobudur is the world's oldest Buddhist temple and the largest in Indonesia. It is believed to have been built in the 8th century.

    What a magnificent site as you approach the area. It's huge!!

    We couldn't wait to go exploring, so as soon as we had checked in to the Manohara Hotel we were off. We had a guide with us who explained so much. He has been a guide for about 20 years so was very knowledgable.
    It probably took us a couple of hours and we still didn't see it all. We were still up there as the sun was setting.

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    Watch the sunrise from Borobudur

    by aussiejen Written Jun 21, 2008

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    We decided that if we were going to climb Borobudur we should at least do it before all the crowds and see the sunrise.
    Sounded like a good idea while we still in the planning stages of our holiday...I wasn't so sure when the alarm went off at 4.00am!!! The hotel also gave us a wake up call so there was no chance of us changing our minds.
    We dutifully waited at reception for the other guests to join us. We were given a torch and set off following the guide. It was still very dark so the torches were needed but Tony & I thought we were very clever as we had taken head torches along with us especially for this walk. What a brilliant idea......left my hands free to help haul myself up all those hundreds of steps to the top!!
    I made it to the top with only two stops, very proud of myself! But what was the rush? The sun didn't make it's appearance for another hour!!! Oh well......
    The mist surrounding the area was beautiful. What a lovely time of the day.

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    Touching the Buddhas.

    by euzkadi Written Apr 20, 2008

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    When we were at the top of the temple, in the area of the circular perforated stupas we saw rows of people touching the Buddhas that are inside the stupas, specially the ones located near the main staircase. I don´t know the meaning of it, maybe it´s luck or something religious (i´m not shure because most of the people were muslims), but of course we did the same.

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    The Arupadhatu (world of formlessness)

    by euzkadi Written Apr 20, 2008

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    And finally the third part of the temple the Arupadhatu (the top) the three circular levels dominated by the round giant stupa, surrounded by 72 small perforated stupas containing statues of Buddha, most of them headless. Be prepared for thousands of visitors, most of them just climb the temple to the top, without doing the walk through all the levels.

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    Borobudur carved corridors.

    by euzkadi Updated Apr 17, 2008

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    The six lower levels of the temple were designed to guide the pilgrims on a spiritual jouney as they move upward from level to level, representing a higher plane of consciousness. Our guide gave us an exhaustive description of the meaning of the friezes, from the beggining of the life of Buddha, the inevitable laws of Karma until he began teaching buddhism.

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