Borobudur Travel Guide

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    Before sunrise...
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    Sunrise!
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Borobudur Things to Do

  • Sunrise at Candi Borobudur

    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...

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  • Waisak Festival

    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...

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  • NIGHT BEAUTY OF BOROBUDUR FROM HIGHER...

    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...

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  • Candi Mendut

    An Hindu Temple which is situated not far from Borobudur. It contains a beautieful Buddha and is therefore very well worth a stop to/from Borobodur.

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  • Borobudur

    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...

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  • Visit Candi Mendut

    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...

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Borobudur Hotels

  • Amanjiwo Borobudur

    I did not stay in this hotel. We visited this hotel and were given a guided tour by one of the...

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  • Lotus Guest House

    Jl. Medang Kamulan No.2, Central Java,, Borobudur, 56553, Indonesia

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Families

Borobudur Restaurants

  • Chinese Restaurant

    We wanted to eat Chinese food in Yogyakarta and the tour guide brought us here. Very good Chinese food. Enjoy all of them. They had different types of local fruit juices. Nice ambience too. The price was also very reasonable to me.

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  • Yogyakarta Chicken Rice

    When we touched down Yogjakarta Airport, we wanted to try some local food for lunch. The tour guide brought us here. Nice local restaurant with long tables. It was about 20 mins drive from the airport. Everything tasted good.

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  • Enjoy the Great View while Enjoying Your...

    We think the food was just mediocre. Nothing to really scream about. We ate there because it was convenient for us. We stayed at the hotel and there was no nearby restaurant.The dinner on the first night, we had to bring our UNO card game out while waiting for the food to arrive. The service was very slow. However, the it improved on the second...

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Borobudur Nightlife

  • Peaceful and free

    It's the time and place where you can drag the lazy chairs outside the room, and gaze up to the skies for the stars. We thought that the stars are brighter there... Anything you like, but again surprisingly, it's rather chilly when we were there, so, I would recommend a light sweater

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  • Nighttime Serenades

    No live band here. Nightlife is listening to a symphony of crickets and other insects. Borobodur park is not open at night. So, you can't go night expedition there. Bring some card games like poker, UNO etc. We had a fun time playing UNO in our room. :)You might want to go to bed early so that you will be fresh at 4:30am on the next day for the...

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  • Borobudur Hotels

    2 Hotels in Borobudur

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Borobudur Transportation

  • Taxi to Borobudur

    The site of Borobudur is actually located about 45 minutes drive from central Yogyakarta. If you want to take a taxi to Borobudur get your hotel to call and arrange transport and to also negotiate the price. A taxi ride for the journey should cost no more then 150,000 Rupiah ($16 USD) each way. Our taxi cost 100,000 to Borobudur and 150,000 back...

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  • Manadala air.

    We flew to Adisujipto airport from Denpasar in Mandala Airlines, the price was cheaper than other airlines. The prices for the one day tour to Borobudur in Bali were really expensive (250 to 300$), so we decided to travel by ourselves, it was right; at the exit of the airport we found a small local tour operator that gave us a 10 hours tour...

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  • Bus ride to civilization

    The bus terminal is opposite the market. If you can find the market, you can find the terminal. We walked from Manohara hotel to the bus terminal. From the direction we came from, it's actually hidden behind a row of shop houses. At the end of the road, the market on our left, and the bus terminal is on the right. It's 15,000 rp to Jogja per...

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Borobudur Shopping

  • Souvenir shopping

    There are shops on the grounds of the temples. And there are sellers going after visitors along the entrance. Haggle like crazy! Lava stone statues and images are a good buy here. There are some at Prambanan but not as many choices as in Borobudur. Seriously, haggle like crazy! The best time to buy is early in the morning when they just opened and...

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  • paper/wooden flowers

    very nice idea, though difficult to carry, beautieful & colorful wooden, paper flowers to be bought at one of the stores.

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  • Use the Horde against each other

    Buy ANYTHING and you will immediately attract a horde of aggressive touts and peddlars, indignant that you had not bought the item from them. Be prepared to be rudely harassed. Instead of feeling frustrated or caved in to them, use them against each other. I sliced off a big portion of the price for bargains by simply using their eagerness and...

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Borobudur Local Customs

  • Lion mania

    Buddha is one of these Christ-like wonder creatures who were born with out-of-this-world qualities (walking straight after being squished out of his mother’s womb is one of the many examples) that astounded the surrounding commons and made them believe unquestionably in his every word and deed. Having this in mind it is easy to understand the love...

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  • Live and let live

    Indonesians love siesta and most probably have a word of their own to qualify it. What the most interesting twist is the fact that siesta is taken seriously even during work hours. Now, that is something that deft employers worldwide have to consider in order to improve motivation and productivity in one go; much unlike the situation at my...

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  • Taking pictures with us.

    It was something really weird and funny at the beggining, a lot of people ask us to be with them in their pictures, we did the same and took also pictures of them; but finally it was annoying, and we ended being a little rude, saying "no pictures".

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Borobudur Warnings and Dangers

  • Not a warning but a reminder :)

    It is best to dress modestly when going around Borobudur and its environs. The whole time I was there, I did not see a single individual wearing short shorts or tank tops. Maybe you can wear your shorts and tank tops inside your room and hotel but not on the streets and in the tourist attractions you're going to be visiting. Most locals dress...

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  • Aggressive vendors/ sellers?

    Contrary to popular belief, there are no aggressive vendors here. When I was here I only experienced one incident, which was not even aggressive. One dude was already here early in the morning to sell his postcards. But he wasn’t stubborn. If you don’t want to buy their postcards, just say no, and they will walk away.I saw a couple of them on my...

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  • Beware of the steps

    Though the steps in borobudur are not as steep as Angkor , just be careful when you climb up and down on the steps.

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Borobudur Tourist Traps

  • Hotel touts

    Be careful not to be caught into a trap of hotel touts or taxi drivers (who are most likely commissioned by the hotel).Apparently, you can get a beautiful view of the Borobudur early in the morning during sunrise. But to do this, you will have to pay some high amount of money to the hotel. They will transport you to a spot where there’s a great...

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  • Say NO to Indonesian female

    It's adviseable not to be too close to the indonesian lady as indonesia government has a very strict law against visitors who try to flirt with their ladies.Besides, do not simply bring indonesian girl to your hotel room if you don't want to get into trouble.

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  • Souvenior around borobudur

    You will find some souvenior shops or vendors around borobudur area. But, I would not advise you to shop here as you may find the price is much more higher than YOgya .

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Borobudur What to Pack

  • hat or baseball cap is a must

    a light backpack [daily pack] contents of mineral water and baseball cap and bandana/light towel sport gear since many steep stairway awaiting until the top :)cotton tee-shirt with comfy trousers

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  • Travel light

    All you will need is your camera bag and a small amount of cash Comfortable walking shoes are a must. Bring the sunscreen, it is quite sunny up there. Don't forget your camera, film or memory stick, and an extra battery. Some bring unbrellas to keep off the sun but a cap and sunscreen will work just as well. Bring some drinking water or buy...

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  • A bottle of WATER

    A bottle of water probably is useful as you may feel thirsty after climbing from the base to the top.And visit the toilent which is at the ticketing office before your visit to borobudur.

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Borobudur Off The Beaten Path

  • Bukit Dagi (Dagi Hill): Sight not to be...

    There's a hill on the western side of the temple which we hiked up to. The view of the Borobudur temple is just magnificent from there. Just go out through the western gate, walk towards one of the museums - I forgot the name, I think it's Museum Rekor - because this one you have to pay extra to go in. and you can't miss the steps up to the hill on...

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  • Talk to locals

    This is an opportunity for you to talk to the locals and for them to practice their English. There will be research students sometimes visiting the Borobodur on their field trip. They can be friendly but shy as well, in particular, the young girls. If possible, they will try to take a photo with you, especially if you’re very foreign-looking i.e....

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  • Suroloyo, a different view of Borobudur

    Big as Borobudur may seem when you have to climb it, it is small as seen from the Menoreh Hills.Ask the driver of your hired car to make a sidetrip to Suroloyo lookout point. If he does not know it, it's the same direction as Sendang Sono, a R.Catholic retreat. Coming from Yogya it is the last turn left (at Salam) before the Muntilan road to...

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Borobudur Favorites

  • Read up before you go go!

    I would recommend two books:1) Borobudur - The Golden Tales of Buddhas (See picture). Nice, colourful pictures of the bas-reliefs from the monument. The book is available in Kuala Lumpur, so I had the chance to read it before the trip. I am glad that I did because it gave me a deeper understanding and allowed me to appreciate the monument more when...

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  • Speak like the locals if you can..

    Like in any Asian countries, there are different entrance fees to enter the Borobudur; for foreigners and for local. And of course foreign tourists being charged higher.But because my language is so similar to Bahasa Indonesia, they charged me the local rate, thinking I was an Indonesian.And I just shut up ;)

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  • Stupa - the highest symbol of holiness

    A stupa is the highest symbol of Buddhism. It used to be where the bones or ashes of the body of the Buddha were kept. Back then it was called a dagoba. Now it has become a monument to remember the important events in the life of the Buddha.

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