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Find the right tour for you through Borobudur. We've got 35 adventures going to Borobudur, starting from just 3 days in length, and the longest tour is 28 days. The most popular month to go is May, which has the largest number of tour departures.

35 Borobudur tour packages with 36 reviews

Best Yogyakarta Tours 3 days Tour

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Best Yogyakarta Tours 3 days

We thoroughly enjoyed our recent trip to Yogyakarta. Our guide Andy and driver Yusef were excellent with good English, considerate, prompt, competent and helpful. The itinerary was great and had very personal and enjoyable opportunities to interact with locals. Truly other than some bad weather which no one controls, this tour more than met our expectations. I highly recommend!

Amazing Yogyakarta Tour With Local People Tour

Amazing Yogyakarta Tour With Local People

We had an instructive 5 days. Andy and the driver were very friendly and obliging and proved ingenious in reworking our itinerary when the weather turned nasty. Andy was a cheerful companion and the driver’s skill and patience in negotiating the traffic were memorable. The driver’s knowledge of back streets and shortcuts was impressive. We learnt a lot on this trip. Michael & Anna

Indonesia Java, Bali & Lombok Tour

Indonesia Java, Bali & Lombok

Loved traveling with G Adventures. Great tour with experienced local guide. Loved every moment of the trip.

Tailor-Made Indonesia Highlights Trip, Daily Departure Tour

Tailor-Made Indonesia Highlights Trip, Daily Departure

We had a wonderful trip in Indonesia and we would like to thank Agate Travel and specially Mrs Emily Xin for arranging this high-quality itinerary. The days spent in Bali, Java and Komodo National Park are already part of our dearest travel memories. Bali is a paradise, Borobudur is a marvel and navigating the semi-phinisi boat around the Komodo National Park was a pleasure. Our visit was perfect to every small detail and we were really pleased with the high standart services offered by Agate Travel. Mrs Emily Xin is highly professional and her support and care with our trip was highly appreciated. She took care with very small detail and really did everything in her power to make sure we had an unforgettable stay in this corner of paradise.
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Treasures Of Java (5 & 4 Star Hotels) Tour

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Treasures Of Java (5 & 4 Star Hotels)

  • €150 deposit on some dates Some departure dates offer you the chance to book this tour with a lower deposit.

Essence of Indonesia, Private tour Tour

Essence of Indonesia, Private tour

We travelled with this company to help us plan our 2 week honeymoon from Philadelphia, PA to Indonesia. I specifically love to say "travelled" since we felt like family to us by the end. My husband and I spent nearly a year working with a US based travel agent before we found this Operator selling through TourRadar. It was a stressful period for us to planning, especially becasue it was for our honeymoon. We were ready to pull the trigger but after many unanswered calls and emails we eventually heard back from the original travel agent who said she was in a car accident and unable to continue with our booking. While very sympathetic to her situation, we were left high and dry. But then we found the best customer service received by Destination Service Indonesia, they are brilliant and a true expert at their craft. I will admit, I had my initial reservations working with a non US based travel agency at first but they quickly helped break down that bias. Some highlights throughout the planning process include: They speaks impeccable English so no need to be concerned with a language barrier during planning, timely with responses is an understatement and they were by our side the ENTIRE booking process, impressively thorough and detailed. They know their country in and out and, most importantly, we TRUSTED the Operator with the booking and we are so glad we did. Once we booked, they sent us a detailed itinerary of the trip and all of our contacts names/phone numbers which was our lifeline. EVERYTHING you could possibly think of was organized and taken care of. Regardless, if you had a question he was just a text away and incredibly reliable. Some highlights throughout our trip include: The hotels were breathtaking and the tour offer from beach to rainforest and everything in between. Breakfast was included and we were also provided lunch and dinner suggestions. Food was DELICIOUS everywhere. Car transportation was included, to and from the airports, excursions or anywhere and everywhere we desired. And generally it was the same gentleman which was nice because you got to know one another. English speaking tour guides were included everywhere. They accompanied us during transport and excursions which was nice to have. And always had snacks/cold bottled waters for us in the car. Also, generally the same person which is comforting. These guides became our dear friends, they were very kind, is strange coming from America to a culture that is so open and welcoming. They showed all the beauty Indonesia had to offer and in luxury. ALL private excursions. No crowded tour groups or buses. Most importantly, we felt safe with this operator and its team while travelling in Indonesia. A representative met us at the gate and helped navigate through the airport, customs and even skipped some lines. An absolutely flawless execution by this travel company. I can sincerely say that our honeymoon would not have been as memorable if it wasn’t for Destination Services Indonesia and its team. I wouldn’t change a thing and I will NEVER go to Indonesia again without booking with them. I recommend him 100 times and would give ten stars if I could to this Travel Operator, we love you and cant wait until we meet again.

Exotic Java and Bali Tour

Exotic Java and Bali

  • 10% deposit on some dates Some departure dates offer you the chance to book this tour with a lower deposit.

6 Nights Best of Java Tour

6 Nights Best of Java

Tailor-Made Indonesia Tour of Volcano & Nature, Daily Departure Tour

Tailor-Made Indonesia Tour of Volcano & Nature, Daily Departure

Java - Bali Overland Tour

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Java - Bali Overland

Symphony of Indonesia, Private Tour Tour

Symphony of Indonesia, Private Tour

Our trip was 19 days progressing from East half of Java, Bali, Flores Island and Komodo Park. Car travel time/distances were extensive through Java (some 6-9 hours) with slow/erratic traffic. Our time in Java was rushed and too intensive. Sites were very distanced between stops. Bali was much more interesting and culturally vibrant. Tour guides not very punctual. Flores/Komodo park and 3-day boat excursion was fascinating! Sea life/coral Is one-of-a-kind and amazing! Manta Rays, dolphins; more impressive than the greatest zoo aquarium you will ever see. English communication with hosts was rough. Our 15meter boat ran aground a coral reef on the last evening and we were left stranded overnight with no propeller. Slightly concerning! Keep in mind, if you’re fair-skinned, expect to burn. Mosquitoes too. Nice trip with a good variety of activity, with rough, inconsistent planning and a few unforeseen complications. We still enjoyed.

Bangkok to Bali (16 destinations) Tour

Bangkok to Bali (16 destinations)

Yogyakarta Tours: See & Experience it ( Private & all Inclusive) 1st Class Traveling Tour

Yogyakarta Tours: See & Experience it ( Private & all Inclusive) 1st Class Traveling

Superb Java Bali Tours: Private Tour Tour

Superb Java Bali Tours: Private Tour

The itinerary was great and covered most of the worth doing sight seeing I would have preferred to have included the Merapi tour which we managed to do because of our guide who pointed it out to us. I didn’t enjoy the Ijen experience. I did not know what to expect and it was my worst experience of being frozen due to inadequate clothing( something the tourists need to be warned about) and also the exaggeration of the blue light. It was nothing like the photos and quite a dangerous expedition to walk up and then down into the crater in the dark. Again advice should be given to carry torches for people who are keen to go. I did take the chair which cost me quite a lot but well deserved by the people who took me up but a complete waste of time and money. The Jiwa Jawa hotel in Mount Bromo unfortunately was not the greatest. The bathroom was tiny and I could barely squeeze in (I am only a size 12 London size) so you can imagine the discomfort for someone larger. The bathroom had a bad smell and the room was very basic. The surroundings were nice and facilities adequate I would re think about accommodation in that hotel unless there are better rooms. Every thing else about the trip was great and thoroughly enjoyed. As far as including meals are concerned I would hold back as the allowance was not even enough to cover my meal and I have quite a small appetite. The fare was basic with a main meal and dessert .

Amazing Indonesia Tours 3 Island : Borneo, Java & Bali Tour

Amazing Indonesia Tours 3 Island : Borneo, Java & Bali

Indonesia is a fascinating country and Alya’s Adventure Tour really gave us a full experience of all (or many) of the wonders of Indonesia. Alya was well organized and your guides were all great. Poncho & his team in Borneo, Alex & De-An in Java, & Suprapti & Buda in Bali, all were very accommodating, knowledgeable and kind. We felt safe & satisfied with all of our experiences and would highly recommend Alya to visit Indonesia- thanks guys for a great experience!!

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Our trip to Yogyakarta was amazing. Our guide, Andy, was terrific. He was thoroughly knowledgeable about everything we saw and provided excellent explanations. He made sure we were completely taken care of at all sites. The tour company organized 4 days of really interesting visits. At a couple of the sites, they made sure that we had guides from the site that were super knowledgeable and explained everything in detail. The only downside part was our visit to a cavern. If it weren't the rainy season, it would have been great being lowered by rope and harness 60 meters. However, the cave was completely muddy and terribly difficult to continue into the section of the cavern with the rock formations. My advice to the tour company is not to offer this cavern at all during the rainy season. Also, be aware that you have to wear wellington boots into the cavern and they do not have big sizes. If you are a man with shoe size of 11 or greater, they will not have boots that fit you. At the end of the trip, I was surprised. The tour included r/t transport from the airport, which is a good hour away from the city. I canceled our arranged taxi and saved a lot of money. Also, when you book this tour, I would highly recommend upgrading to at least a 4☆ hotel. The cost difference was negligible, but highly worthwhile. A 3☆ hotel would be very basic and probably not acceptable. Despite the cavern, I have rated this trip 5☆, due to the itinerary and mostly because of our guide, Andi. Everyone visiting Indonesia should include this city in their itinerary. It is not a highly touristy place like Bali, but so worth it from a historical and geological perspective, especially if you want to see an active volcano caldera and the volcano that erupted on 2010.
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1. Borobudur Sunrise from setumbu Hill , Merapi Volcano & Prambanan Full Day Tour

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Borobudur Sunrise Tour

BOROBUDUR SUNRISE TOUR

Experience the Magic of a Majestic Sunrise at Borobudur

Witness the beauty of a majestic sunrise at the world-renowned Borobudur Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the largest Buddhist temple in the world. Join us on an unforgettable journey to one of the most breathtaking and spiritual destinations in Indonesia. Our Borobudur Sunrise Tour will take you on a mystical journey through time as you watch the sun rise over the ancient temple and explore its intricate architecture and rich history. Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness the magic of Borobudur at dawn.

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Embark on a mystical journey through time as you witness the beauty of a majestic sunrise at Borobudur, the world-renowned UNESCO World Heritage site and the largest Buddhist temple in the world. Our expert guides will take you on an unforgettable adventure to explore the intricacies of this ancient temple and its rich history.

As the sun begins to rise over the temple, you’ll be immersed in a magical experience that is truly breathtaking. The intricate architecture of Borobudur comes alive with the soft light of dawn, offering a glimpse into the spiritual and cultural significance of this unique destination.

But the journey doesn’t stop there. After your sunrise experience, we’ll take you on a tour of the surrounding countryside, where you’ll witness the lush beauty of the Indonesian landscape. 

You’ll have the opportunity to discover local traditions, learn about the region’s history and culture, and immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of this enchanting place.

Our knowledgeable guides are dedicated to providing you with a once-in-a-lifetime experience that is both educational and exhilarating. Your safety and comfort are our top priorities, so you can relax and enjoy the journey without worry.

At BorobudurSunrise.com, we offer a variety of tour packages that cater to all types of travelers. Whether you’re a solo adventurer, a family, or a group of friends, we have a tour that will meet your needs and exceed your expectations.

Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to experience the magic of Borobudur at dawn. Contact us today to book your Borobudur Sunrise Tour and embark on an adventure that you’ll never forget!

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Experience the magic of Borobudur at dawn with our range of tour packages, designed to cater to the needs of all types of travelers. Our packages provide a convenient, safe, and affordable way to witness the beauty of this majestic temple as the sun rises over its intricate architecture.

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Borobudur Sunrise Tour is just the beginning of your adventure in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. To make the most of your visit, we offer a range of additional trip packages to some of the region’s most popular destinations. These packages are the perfect way to extend your trip and explore more of what the region has to offer, from the majestic temples of Prambanan to the natural beauty of Mount Merapi.

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Borobudur Temple is a magnificent and awe-inspiring monument that has captured the hearts of travelers and pilgrims for centuries. Located in Central Java, Indonesia, this stunning religious monument was built in the 9th century and is now recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is not just a monument, but a symbol of Indonesia’s rich cultural and religious heritage.

What makes Borobudur so special is its sheer size and intricacy. The temple is a true masterpiece of architecture, engineering, and art. It is composed of six square platforms, topped by three circular platforms, and decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues. Each detail is carefully crafted to represent the Buddhist cosmos and the journey toward spiritual enlightenment.

While Borobudur is impressive at any time of day, the best way to truly witness its magic is by experiencing a majestic sunrise. As the soft light of dawn illuminates the temple’s intricate architecture, a mystical atmosphere is created that is truly breathtaking. The morning air is cool and crisp, adding to the overall sense of tranquility and spirituality.

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Experience the Beauty and Culture of Borobudur with Our Tour Packages

At BorobudurSunrise.com, we offer a range of tour packages that are designed to help you witness the beauty of Borobudur at dawn. Our Borobudur Sunrise Tour is the perfect way to explore the temple’s grandeur and history while enjoying a peaceful and magical sunrise. Our expert guides will take you on an unforgettable journey through time as you watch the sun rise over the ancient temple and explore its intricate architecture and rich history.

As you explore the temple’s grandeur, you’ll learn about its spiritual significance and cultural heritage. Borobudur was built as a representation of the Buddhist cosmos, and its design reflects the path to enlightenment. Each level of the temple represents a different stage in the journey toward spiritual enlightenment, and visitors can follow this path as they ascend to the top of the monument.

The temple is also home to an extensive collection of reliefs that depict scenes from the life of Buddha and other aspects of Buddhist teachings. The reliefs are considered some of the finest examples of Buddhist art in the world and offer a unique window into the history and culture of Indonesia.

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After your sunrise experience, we’ll take you on a tour of the surrounding countryside, where you’ll witness the lush beauty of the Indonesian landscape. You’ll have the opportunity to discover local traditions, learn about the region’s history and culture, and immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of this enchanting place.

But Borobudur is not just a monument to be admired from afar. It’s a living, breathing testament to Indonesia’s cultural and spiritual heritage, and a place where visitors can connect with the history and culture of the country in a profound way.

At BorobudurSunrise.com, we’re committed to providing you with an unforgettable experience that combines spiritual discovery, cultural immersion, and natural beauty. Our expert guides are passionate about sharing their knowledge of the temple and the surrounding region, and they’re dedicated to making sure that you have the best possible experience during your visit.

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Frequently Asked Question

The tour typically starts very early in the morning, usually around 3:30-4:00 AM, to ensure that you reach the temple in time for the sunrise. However, the exact time may vary depending on the season and the weather conditions. What time is sunrise at Borobudur:  Between 5:00 -6:00 depending on the season . See the sunrise times here.

Yes, the Borobudur Sunrise Tour is suitable for people of all ages, including children and elderly people. However, please note that the climb to the top of the temple can be steep and may require some physical exertion. We recommend that you wear comfortable shoes and bring plenty of water.

We recommend that you wear comfortable clothing and shoes, and bring a light jacket or sweater as it can be chilly in the early morning. Additionally, we suggest wearing modest clothing out of respect for the temple’s spiritual significance.

The Borobudur Sunrise Tour package typically includes hotel pickup and drop-off, transportation to the temple, a professional English-speaking guide, entrance fee to the temple, and a simple breakfast. Some packages may also include additional activities, such as a visit to a local market or a tour of nearby attractions.

In the event of bad weather, such as heavy rain or thick fog, the tour may be canceled or rescheduled for safety reasons. We will do our best to notify you as early as possible if the tour needs to be canceled or rescheduled, and we will provide you with alternative options or a refund if necessary.

Yes, transportation from your hotel in Yogyakarta to the temple and back is included in the tour.

Bringing Food is prohibited when enter Borobudur temple. It’s not necessary to bring your own food and drinks, as breakfast is provided as part of the tour.

Yes, there is a limit to the number of visitors allowed to witness the sunrise at the temple each day, so it’s recommended to book your tour in advance to secure your spot.

Yes, the temple stairs are well-maintained and safe to climb. However, it’s important to be careful and watch your step.

Yes, photography is allowed during the tour. In fact, the sunrise view from the top of the temple is a popular spot for photos.

Yes, after the sunrise viewing and breakfast, you will have time to explore the temple at your own pace, with the assistance of a guide if needed.

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Planning to visit the magnificent Borobudur Temple in Indonesia as an independent (foreign) traveler? You’ve come to the right place. Aiming to protect this very special place from over-tourism, significant changes were introduced in 2023. But don’t fret. Our guide will provide you with all the up-to-date information you need, including the best times to visit, how to book your entry slot, and what to expect during your visit.

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If you’ve heard of Borobudur for the first time, here is a quick intro.

Located in Central Java [ Google Maps location ] not far from Yogyakarta, this UNESCO World Heritage site is the world’s largest Buddhist temple. It was built in the middle of the 9th century during the reign of the Mataram Kingdom – a Hindu-Buddhist Kingdom that is also responsible for the construction of Prambanan (the largest Hindu temple in Indonesia ) and Candi Sewu (the second-largest Buddhist temple in Indonesia , also located in the Prambanan temple complex).

Measuring 118 metres by 118 metres (129 yards by 129 yards) at its base, and with a height of 35 metres (38 yards), Borobudur is a massive stone pyramid, built without the use of mortar around (what is presumed) a man-made hill.

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Looking like a giant mandala from above, Borobudur Temple was built without mortar around a man-made hill

Looking like a giant mandala from above, Borobudur is composed of three tiers that represent different realms of consciousness:

  • Its square foundation is Kamadhatu , the realm of desire, where humans are driven by their (yet) uncontrolled wants.
  • Above it is Rupadhatu , the realm of being, where individuals strive to let go of their desires.
  • The final tier, Arupadhatu , signifies the formless realm, in which individuals transcend the physical world.

This final tier of the temple consists of three circular platforms adorned with a total of 72 stupas, each housing a Buddha statue. The temple is topped by a large stupa, representing unconsciousness or Nirvana .

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The 72 stupas on top of Borobudur Temple each house a Buddha statue

Borobudur was abandoned between the 12th and 14th century, when Islam spread across Central Java, and the Mataram Kingdom moved to East Java. Being covered by ash, earth and jungle, the temple was re-discovered in 1814, and restored twice since (in 1907-1911 and 1973-1983).

Borobudur is located 34 kilometers northwest of Yogyakarta city center.

The easiest (and cheapest) way to get there is by DAMRI bus from the stop outside the Bank Indonesia Building/opposite the Vredeburg [ Google Maps location ]. The departure times are

  • To Borobudur: 0430h, 0630h, 1000h and 1200h.
  • From Borobudur: 0700h, 0900h, 1300h and 1500h.

The fare is IDR20,000 per person one way. Payment is to be made in cash at the departure point.

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Taking the DAMRI bus from Yogyakarta is the most convenient way to get to Borobudur independently

The alternative (longer and more expensive) option requires a change at the Jombor bus terminal [ Google Maps location ]:

  • From Yogyakarta city centre, take either bus #8 (from Portabel Jl. Gandekan Dagen Bus Stop [ Google Maps location ] being 5 minutes’ walk south-west of the Yogyakarta train station) or bus #2B (from TPB Perpusda Samsat Kota Yogya Bus Stop [ Google Maps location ] being 10 minutes walk north-west of the train station) to Jombor bus terminal [ Google Maps location ]. The individual fare is IDR3,600 one way. Transport cards for use on the Trans Jogja bus network [Large PDF file] can be purchased from the Government Tourist Information Center [ Google Maps location ] on Malioboro Street and topped up there or at Indomaret/Alphamart convenience stores.
  • From Jombor bus terminal, take the local bus to the Borobudur Terminal. The individual fare is IDR25,000 one way. You pay the driver directly, so make sure you have the correct amount.

If you choose this option, be aware that the last bus returning to Yogyakarta also departs at 1500h.

Both options get you to the Borobudur Bus Terminal [ Google Maps location ]. From there, it’s an easy 10 minute walk along Jl. Pramudyawardhani to the entry gate of the temple complex.

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From Borobudur bus terminal, it's an easy 10 minute walk to the entry gate of the temple complex

In the past, visitors were able to roam Borobudur temple / Candi Borobudur freely, causing overcrowding and damaging the temple structure. To protect the temple and provide employment opportunities for locals, access to Candi Borobudur now requires joining a guided tour (the temple grounds remain unrestricted).

Accordingly, there are now two types of tickets:

  • Temple Ground Ticket – as the name suggests, this ticket provides access to the temple grounds (the park surrounding the actual temple); and
  • Temple Structure Ticket – This gives you access not only to the grounds but also to Borobudur Temple via a guided tour.

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There are two types of tickets at Borobudur - one for the grounds only and one for the grounds plus Candi Borobudur (the temple itself)

Guided tours are held in English only. However, while we were at the temple, we also came across groups whose guides spoke Spanish, Italian, and French. If you want to join a tour in a language other than English, we recommend contacting Borobudur Customer Service via WhatsApp: +62 811 1058 8333. Private tours are also available – at (an additional) IDR30,000 per person. Again, they can be arranged by messaging the Customer Service team.

The temple structure is closed on Mondays. If you are visiting on a Monday, you will only be able to access the grounds.

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Make sure to stick to the rules when visiting this UNESCO site

Temple Structure tickets are limited to a maximum quota of 1,200 people per day. This quota is further separated into 8 sessions per day, with a maximum of 150 people allowed in each session.

The session times are as follows:

Given the heat of the day, sessions 1, 2, and 3 are the best times to visit, but these are also the most popular times. The best alternative is session 7 (as it starts to cool down by then, and the light is less harsh for photographers).

If possible, avoid sessions 4 and 5 (it’s too hot) and session 8 – your time at the temple is cut short as the complex closes at 1700h, and the walk from the temple to the exit takes a minimum of 20 minutes.

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There is a dedicated entry area for foreign visitors to Borobudur

Temple Ground tickets can be bought online ( via the official website as well as Klook and Traveloka ) or in person at the entry. There is a special entry area for foreigners on the left. Ticket counters are open daily from 0630h to 1630h.

If you want to access the temple structure itself – and we highly recommend it – make sure you book your preferred session well in advance (especially if you want to join a morning session). You can buy your Temple Structure ticket online via the official website – up to seven days ahead of your visit.

Entry fees for foreigners are not cheap: Temple Ground Tickets cost IDR375,000 per adult and Temple Structure Tickets are IDR455,000 per adult (an additional IDR80,000 per adult).

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Guided tours of Borobudur Temple depart from the entry area half an hour before the session time

Those with Temple Structure tickets will receive a wristband and a number token, and be led through to an outdoor waiting area.

In the waiting area, you will receive a pair of flip-flops you are required to wear when accessing the temple (a canvas bag to carry your shoes during the tour is also provided). The flip-flops are not very comfortable. If you’re prone to blisters, only swap to the flip flops once you’re at the temple entrance, and also bring toe socks or band-aids.

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Visitors to Borobudur are required to wear the flip flops provided when accessing the temple structure

The 150 people per session are further separated into groups of 10-15, each with their tour guide. When your number is called out, get up, hand in your number token, and join your guide. You will walk up to the temple with your tour guide providing some initial information. The walk to the temple takes about 20 minutes.

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Your guided tour begins with a 15-20 minute walk to the temple structure during which you'll receive some initial information about the site

Once at the temple, your wristband will be scanned, and you follow your tour guide up the stairs. Your tour guide will stop at one or two of the lower levels to provide further details about the temple, Buddha, and Buddhism (our tour guide was lovely, but he provided almost too much information).

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Guided tours at Borobudur are limited to 10-15 visitors per guide. For non-Indonesians, they are held in English (and other languages with pre-booking).

You will also have 15 to 20 minutes at the top levels (those with the stupas) to roam around on your own. The top level with the single stupa is off-limits to visitors.

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During the tour, you will also have the chance to look around the top of the Temple on your own

When your time is up, your tour guide will lead you back down to the temple exit where your wristband is scanned again.

Once your wristband has been re-scanned, you’re free to change back into your shoes (you can keep both the flip-flops and the canvas bag as souvenirs) and roam around the temple grounds on your own.

To exit the temple grounds you are required to walk through a maze of (largely souvenir) stalls. It takes about 20 minutes to get through it all.

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Visitors with a temple structure ticket will receive a wristband that is scanned upon entry and exit of Borobudur Temple

There is an official dress code (no shorts for women, and shoulders must be covered). It wasn’t enforced when we visited, but we recommend obeying the rules anyhow, out of respect.

There is no shade once you’re on the temple structure, so make sure to wear sunscreen and a hat . Also, bring water to stay hydrated – though you are not allowed to consume any drinks (or food) at the temple itself.

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And speaking of food and drinks: There are food stalls by the parking area (as you enter or exit the temple grounds). You don’t need a ticket to access the stalls. Food quality, prices, and service are surprisingly good (at least where we went: Mie Ayam Pak Man [ Google Maps location] ). There are also water fountains (though we only saw them on the grounds after you exit the temple structure, near the prayer room).

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Food and drinks are not allowed at Borobudur Temple , but you can bring a water bottle and refill it at stations like this on the temple grounds

There are FREE public toilets once you’re inside the temple grounds:

  • inside the building that houses the entry for foreigners;
  • in a building by the waiting area (where you change into your flip-flops/wait for your tour guide);
  • half-way along the avenue leading up to the temple structure (on the left-hand side); and
  • after you exit the temple structure and walk back towards the entrance (near the prayer room).

Bathrooms next to the temple entrance charge a usage fee of IDR2,000 per person.

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Don't use the toilets outside the entrance if you can help it - there are FREE bathrooms once you're inside the temple grounds

Sunrise/sunset tours are no longer offered at the temple structure itself.

To view the sun rise over Borobudur, Mt Merapi, and Mt Merbabu, people head to various viewpoints to the (south) west of the temple complex, for example, Punthuk Setumbu [ Official website , Google Maps location ] and Bukit Rhema Gereja Ayam (better known as the Chicken Church ) [ Google Maps location ].

To experience the sunrise from either of these points, arrive 1.5 to 2 hours before sunrise. It can get busy and hearing the choir of muezzins call for prayer across the still-dark valley is pretty special. Take a Grab /Ojek to get there and back.

We watched the sunrise from a different spot (where it was just us). If you stay at Griyo Jagalan , ask your wonderful host Berman to take you there.

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To watch the sunrise over Borobudur and Mt Merapi, head to one of the viewing points (south) west of the temple

Apart from avoiding Mondays if you want to visit Candi Borobudur (and not just the temple grounds), avoid weekends and public holidays. Also avoid Vesak , an important Buddhist festival at the end of May/early June, when Buddhists from around the world make the pilgrimage to Borobudur.

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To avoid the crowds, don't visit Borobudur on weekends and public holidays - especially during Vesak, when the area is packed with pilgrims

The temple complex of Borobudur comprises three temples – Candi Borobudur [ Google Maps location ], Candi Pawon [ Google Maps location ], and Candi Mendut [ Google Maps location ].

The latter two are located outside the main temple complex:

  • Candi Pawon is 1 kilometer east from the entrance to the temple grounds (an easy, flat walk); and
  • Candi Mendut is 2 kilometers further east from Candi Pawon (best to get a Grab /Ojek).

Entry is free for Candi Pawon. Candi Mendut charges IDR20,500 per person. If you can only visit one, go to Candi Mendut (which is also a working Buddhist monastery). Check the opening hours before you go.

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Borobudur comprises three temples, including Candi Mendut, a working Buddhist Monastery

What many don’t know: Borobudur offers a range of outdoor activities – from rafting on the Progo River to cycling tours . You can also visit local producers, for example, the Ashfa Honey Bee Farm (get a Grab /Ojek or join a VW Jeep tour). Plenty to keep you busy for a few days.

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Besides the temple complex, visitors to Borobudur can enjoy a range of outdoor activities, including rafting on the Progo River

For accommodation, as with any other travel expenses, it’s worth shopping around. When we booked our accommodation, we looked across several booking platforms to find the best value-for-money option but found in this case that Booking.com offered us the best choice and price point. Wherever you book, do make sure you read the fine print to make sure you compare apples with apples. For example, your stay may incur extra charges (like local tourist taxes or cleaning fees). Some booking platforms include them, while with others, you have to pay them to your host upon arrival.

Below are my recommendations for accommodation options that fit the criteria of affordable, often meeting a sustainability certification, and that are close to public transport and points of interest.

Be aware that being in Java, an island with a largely Muslim population, you will (almost) always be in the vicinity of a mosque. Bring earplugs if being woken by the muezzin calling for prayer before sunrise bothers you.

Alternative accommodation options in Borobudur are below.

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You can also join bicycle tours through rice paddies and local villages where you'll learn about Javanese handicrafts and the process of making palm sugar

There are many eating places within walking distance from the entrance to the main Borobudur Temple complex. We can recommend:

  • Alea Guesthouse Cafe [ Google Maps location ]
  • Seafood Borobudur [ Google Maps location ]
  • the Omah Borobudur Resto [ Google Maps location ]; and
  • UPRUS Coffee & Co [ Google Maps location ].

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Cool down in the mid-day heat with a refreshing drink at one of the family-run cafes in Borobudur

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🗓 Best Time To Visit: April to October (dry season)

⏰ Open Hours: 6:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily

🎒 Things To Do: Sunrise tours, exploring the monument, photography, exploring surrounding gardens and museums

💰 Budget: Entry fees - IDR 50,000 for domestic tourists, IDR 337,500 for international tourists

🧳 Traveller Types: History enthusiasts, spiritual seekers, photographers, families

🔍 Known For: World's largest Buddhist temple, UNESCO World Heritage Site, unique architecture, intricate carvings

🚉 Distances: 42 km from Yogyakarta Railway Station, 41 km from Adisucipto International Airport, 2.5 km from Borobudur town

📝 Tips: Wear comfortable shoes, respect religious practices, arrive early for sunrise views

📚 History: Built in the 9th century during the reign of the Sailendra Dynasty

🍃 Surrounding Environment: Set amidst lush greenery and overlooking twin volcanoes

🛍️ Nearby Amenities: Restaurants, souvenir shops, guesthouses

Borobudur is one of the most impressive and awe-inspiring sights in the world. Located in Central Java, Indonesia, this colossal temple complex is the largest Buddhist monument ever built, and a testament to the skill and devotion of its creators. Borobudur is not only a masterpiece of art and engineering, but also a sacred place of pilgrimage and meditation for millions of Buddhists and travelers alike.

If you are planning a trip to Indonesia, you should not miss the opportunity to visit Borobudur and witness its beauty and majesty for yourself. In this article, we will provide you with everything you need to know about visiting Borobudur, from its fascinating history and stunning architecture to its best views and practical tips. Whether you are a solo traveler, a couple, a family, or a group, you will find something to suit your interests and preferences at Borobudur.

Why Visit Borobudur

Borobudur is not just a temple, but a monument of world heritage and culture. Here are some of the reasons why you should visit Borobudur:

Borobudur was built in the 9th century, during the reign of the Sailendra dynasty, which ruled over Java and Sumatra. The temple was designed as a mandala, a symbolic representation of the Buddhist cosmology, and consists of nine platforms, six square and three circular, topped by a central dome. The temple is decorated with over 2,600 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues, depicting scenes from the life of the Buddha and his teachings. Borobudur was abandoned in the 14th century, after the rise of Islam in Java, and was rediscovered in the 19th century by the British explorer Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles. Since then, Borobudur has undergone several restoration and conservation efforts, and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991.

Architecture:

Borobudur is a marvel of ancient engineering and art, and a unique example of Javanese Buddhist architecture. The temple is built entirely of volcanic stone, without the use of any mortar or cement, and is estimated to contain about 55,000 cubic meters of stone. The temple is oriented towards the east, and follows a symmetrical plan that reflects the Buddhist concept of harmony and balance. The temple is divided into three zones, representing the three realms of Buddhist cosmology: Kamadhatu (the world of desire), Rupadhatu (the world of forms), and Arupadhatu (the world of formlessness). Each zone has its own distinctive features and decorations, and offers a different perspective and experience for the visitors.

Borobudur is a sight to behold, especially at sunrise and sunset, when the temple is bathed in golden light and surrounded by misty mountains and lush greenery. The temple offers panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, including the active volcanoes of Merapi and Merbabu, and the nearby temples of Mendut and Pawon . The temple is also a feast for the eyes, with its intricate and exquisite carvings and sculptures, which showcase the artistic and spiritual expression of the Javanese people. The temple is a living museum of Buddhist art and culture, and a source of inspiration and wonder for anyone who visits it.

Spirituality:

Borobudur is a sacred place of worship and meditation for Buddhists and other faiths, and a destination of pilgrimage for millions of people every year. The temple is designed as a guide for attaining enlightenment, and invites the visitors to follow the path of the Buddha, from the base to the top. The temple is also a place of peace and serenity, where you can connect with yourself and the divine, and experience the tranquility and bliss of the Buddhist philosophy. The temple is especially popular during the Vesak festival , which celebrates the birth, enlightenment, and death of the Buddha, and attracts thousands of pilgrims who perform rituals and ceremonies at the temple.

What to See and Do at Borobudur

Borobudur is a place of endless discovery and exploration, and there is something for everyone to see and do at the temple. Here are some of the highlights and attractions of Borobudur:

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The Three Levels of the Temple:

The temple is composed of three levels, each representing a different realm of Buddhist cosmology. The first level, Kamadhatu, is the base of the temple, and contains 160 relief panels that depict the law of karma and the cycle of rebirth. The second level, Rupadhatu, is the body of the temple, and contains 1,212 relief panels that depict the stories of the Buddha’s previous lives and his teachings. The third level, Arupadhatu, is the top of the temple, and contains 72 stupas, each containing a Buddha statue, and a central dome, which symbolizes the ultimate goal of nirvana. You can walk around each level and admire the carvings and sculptures, and learn about the Buddhist doctrine and wisdom.

The 504 Buddha Statues:

The temple is adorned with 504 Buddha statues , each with a different posture and expression. The statues are distributed among the three levels of the temple, and represent the different stages and aspects of the Buddha’s enlightenment. The statues on the first level are in the sitting position, with their hands in the dhyana mudra, or the gesture of meditation. The statues on the second level are in the standing position, with their hands in various mudras, or gestures, such as the abhaya mudra, or the gesture of fearlessness, and the bhumisparsha mudra, or the gesture of touching the earth. The statues on the third level are in the sitting position, inside the perforated stupas, with their hands in the dharma chakra mudra, or the gesture of turning the wheel of the law. You can observe the statues and appreciate their beauty and symbolism, and try to find the one that matches your mood and personality.

The Sunrise and Sunset Views:

One of the most popular and unforgettable experiences at Borobudur is to witness the sunrise or sunset from the temple. The temple offers a spectacular view of the sun rising or setting behind the horizon, creating a magical and mystical atmosphere. The temple is also surrounded by mist and fog, which adds to the mystery and allure of the place. The temple is usually less crowded and more peaceful during these times, and you can enjoy the silence and solitude of the temple. You can also take amazing photos and videos of the temple and the scenery, and capture the moment forever. To see the sunrise or sunset from the temple, you need to buy a special ticket, which is more expensive than the regular ticket, and arrive early or stay late at the temple. You can also book a tour or a guide that will take you to the best spots and provide you with more information and insights.

The Nearby Museums and Parks:

If you want to learn more about the history and culture of Borobudur and the surrounding area, you can visit the nearby museums and parks that are located within the temple complex. The Karmawibhangga Museum is located at the east gate of the temple, and displays the original stones and reliefs that were removed from the base of the temple during the restoration. The museum also explains the meaning and significance of the reliefs, and the process and challenges of the restoration. The Samudra Raksa Museum is located at the west gate of the temple, and displays a replica of the ship that was used by the Indonesian sailors who sailed to Africa in the 8th century, as part of the maritime trade and cultural exchange. The museum also exhibits the artifacts and relics that were found in the shipwreck, and the story and journey of the sailors. The Borobudur Park is located at the south gate of the temple, and offers a relaxing and refreshing environment for the visitors. The park has a lotus pond, a fountain, a playground, and a souvenir shop, where you can enjoy the nature and the ambiance of the place.

How to Plan Your Trip to Borobudur

Borobudur is a must-see destination in Indonesia, and you should plan your trip well in advance to make the most of your visit. Here are some practical information and tips on how to prepare for your visit to Borobudur:

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When to Go:

Borobudur is open all year round, and you can visit the temple anytime you want. However, the best time to visit Borobudur is during the dry season, which runs from April to October , when the weather is sunny and pleasant, and the visibility is good. The rainy season, which runs from November to March, may cause some inconvenience and disruption, as the rain can be heavy and unpredictable, and the temple can be slippery and muddy. You should also avoid visiting Borobudur during the peak season, which coincides with the Indonesian holidays and festivals, such as the Vesak festival in May, the Eid al-Fitr in June, and the Independence Day in August, when the temple can be very crowded and chaotic, and the prices can be higher.

How to Get There:

Borobudur is located about 40 kilometers northwest of Yogyakarta, the cultural capital of Java, and the nearest major city to the temple. You can reach Borobudur from Yogyakarta by various means of transportation, such as:

Car: You can rent a car or hire a driver to take you to Borobudur, which will give you more flexibility and comfort. The journey takes about an hour, depending on the traffic and the route. You can also join a tour or a shuttle service that will pick you up from your hotel and drop you off at the temple. The average cost of renting a car or hiring a driver is around 500,000 IDR ($35) per day, while the average cost of joining a tour or a shuttle service is around 150,000 IDR ($10) per person.

Bus: You can take a public bus or a minibus to Borobudur, which will be cheaper and more adventurous. The journey takes about two hours, depending on the traffic and the stops. You can catch the bus or the minibus from the Jombor bus terminal in Yogyakarta, and get off at the Borobudur bus terminal, which is about a kilometer away from the temple. The average cost of taking a bus or a minibus is around 25,000 IDR ($2) per person.

Scooter: You can rent a scooter or a motorbike to drive to Borobudur, which will be more fun and exciting. The journey takes about an hour and a half, depending on the traffic and the speed. You can rent a scooter or a motorbike from various places in Yogyakarta, and follow the signs and the maps to Borobudur. The average cost of renting a scooter or a motorbike is around 100,000 IDR ($7) per day, plus the fuel and the parking fees.

Where to Stay

Borobudur has a range of accommodation options to suit your budget and preferences, from luxury hotels and resorts to budget hostels and guesthouses. You can choose to stay near the temple, which will give you easy access and convenience, or stay in Yogyakarta, which will give you more variety and entertainment. Here are some of the best places to stay near Borobudur:

Plataran Borobudur Resort & Spa:

This is a five-star resort that offers a luxurious and relaxing stay, with stunning views of the temple and the mountains. The resort has spacious and elegant rooms and villas, with private pools and balconies, and modern amenities and facilities. The resort also has a spa, a restaurant, a bar, and a pool, where you can pamper yourself and enjoy the ambiance. The resort is located about 4 kilometers away from the temple, and provides a free shuttle service to and from the temple. The average price of staying at the resort is around 3,000,000 IDR ($210) per night.

Manohara Hotel:

This is a three-star hotel that offers a comfortable and convenient stay, with direct access to the temple. The hotel has cozy and clean rooms, with air conditioning, TV, and Wi-Fi, and basic amenities and facilities. The hotel also has a restaurant, a garden, and a souvenir shop, where you can dine and relax. The hotel is located within the temple complex, and provides a free entrance ticket to the temple. The average price of staying at the hotel is around 1,000,000 IDR ($70) per night.

Efata Homestay:

This is a budget homestay that offers a friendly and authentic stay, with a local family. The homestay has simple and tidy rooms, with fans, mosquito nets, and shared bathrooms, and minimal amenities and facilities. The homestay also has a common area, a kitchen, and a terrace, where you can mingle and chat with the hosts and the other guests. The homestay is located about 2 kilometers away from the temple, and provides a free bicycle rental to explore the area. The average price of staying at the homestay is around 150,000 IDR ($10) per night.

What to Wear

Borobudur is a sacred and religious site, and you should respect the local customs and culture when visiting the temple. You should wear modest and appropriate clothing, that covers your shoulders and knees, and avoid wearing shorts, skirts, tank tops, or anything that is too revealing or offensive. You should also wear comfortable and sturdy shoes, that can handle the stairs and the uneven surfaces of the temple. You should also bring a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen, to protect yourself from the sun and the heat, and a jacket, sweater, or scarf, to keep yourself warm and cozy during the sunrise or sunset. You should also bring a reusable water bottle, to stay hydrated and reduce plastic waste.

What to Bring

Borobudur is a place of wonder and adventure, and you should bring some essentials and extras to make your visit more enjoyable and memorable. Here are some of the things you should bring to Borobudur:

You should bring a camera or a smartphone, to capture the beauty and the atmosphere of the temple and the scenery. You should also bring a tripod, a selfie stick, or a drone, to take better and more creative shots. You should also bring extra batteries, memory cards, and chargers, to ensure that you don’t run out of power or space. You should also be respectful and mindful of the other visitors and the temple rules, and avoid taking photos or videos in restricted or inappropriate areas.

You should bring a guide or a guidebook, to learn more about the history and the meaning of the temple and its carvings and sculptures. You can hire a guide at the entrance of the temple, or book a guide online or through your hotel or tour operator. You can also buy a guidebook at the souvenir shop or the museum, or download a guide app on your smartphone. You should also bring a map or a brochure, to help you navigate and explore the temple and its surroundings.

You should bring some snacks or food, to keep yourself energized and satisfied during your visit to the temple. You can bring some fruits, nuts, bars, or sandwiches, or buy some local snacks or food at the stalls or the restaurants near the temple. You should also bring some cash, to pay for the entrance fees, the transportation, the souvenirs, and the tips. You should also be responsible and eco-friendly, and dispose of your trash properly or take it with you.

Borobudur is a must-see destination in Indonesia, and a place that will leave you speechless and amazed. Borobudur is not only a temple, but a monument of world heritage and culture, and a source of inspiration and wisdom. By visiting Borobudur, you will not only see and admire its beauty and majesty, but also experience and understand its history and spirituality. Borobudur is a place that you will never forget, and a place that you will always want to return to.

So, what are you waiting for? Book your trip to Borobudur today, and discover the wonders of this ancient wonder for yourself.

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Borobudur is a 9th-century Buddhist monument in Indonesia . It’s actually the largest Buddhist temple in the world! The ancient complex comprises six square platforms topped by three circular platforms decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues.m

It’s massive!

I’ve always been fascinated by this place ever since I heard about it on National Geographic. I’ve read books about Borobudur and watched TV programs on it. I knew I had to see this place before I died.

And fortunately, I did!

If you’re going to be backpacking Indonesia , be sure to add a visit to Borobudur to your itinerary. It’s a one-of-a-kind monument worth a visit.

To help you make the most out of your visit, here’s my comprehensive guide to visiting Borobudur:

The History of Borobudur

The ancient stone carvings at Borobudur in Indonesia

This entire 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist complex is actually a giant allegory for enlightenment. It was constructed under the rule of the Sailendra Dynasty, eventually being abandoned in the 14th century as the region slowly started to convert to Islam.

There is no record of the complex being built, though it was likely founded around the year 800 CE.

The temple was neglected and eventually buried under jungle and volcanic ash. In the 19th century, when the British ruled the region, it was rediscovered. In 1814, with 200 men, Lieutenant Governor-General Thomas Stamford Raffles cut down the surrounding trees to reveal the temple complex. Since then, it’s been a growing tourist draw for the region.

Visiting the temple, you’ll see that the journey begins at the base of the temple and follows a path through the three levels of Buddhist cosmology, namely Kamadhatu (the world of desire), Rupadhatu (the world of forms), and Arupadhatu (the world of formlessness).

The Buddhist pilgrim starts at the bottom and moves up when they have deciphered each relief. Each relief explains a teaching of the Buddha, and when you figure it out, you move on to the next. They progressively get harder, and by the time you finish the last one, you are on the top and — in theory — enlightened.

Tips for Visiting Borobudur

A weathered statue of Buddha at Borobudur in Indonesia

  • Arrive early – This place will get crowded fast. Arrive early to beat the crowd (either by doing a sunrise tour or by arriving before 6am to wait for the gates to open).
  • Avoid the weekend – The crowds here are biggest on the weekends. Try to visit during the week to beat the tourist rush.
  • Dress comfortably – Dress appropriately but also comfortably as you’re going to be on your feet for a while as your explore.
  • Bring water – This temple is large, and when you factor in a bus ride you’re going to get thirsty. Bring water and snacks.
  • Stay nearby – It’s a 90-minute drive from Yogyakarta. If you want to get here early and beat the crowds, stay closer. It won’t be as cheap but you’ll be able to have a much more enjoyable visit.

How to Visit Borobudur: Logistics

One of the many ancient stone carvings at Borobudur in Indonesia

The site is open to the public from 6am to 5pm daily. Ticket are $25 USD per person while a combined ticket for Borobudur as well as the Prambanan temples will cost $40 USD per person, however, it doesn’t apply to sunrise tickets.

There is also a daily Borobudur Sunrise Tour for $35 USD. This is the tour where you can snap those Insta-worthy shots of the temple at dawn (see the top photo on this post for an exmaple!). These are usually arranged by hotels in the area so if you’re staying nearby, chances are your accommodation can assist with this.

You’ll get a flashlight and a lift up to the temple gate at 4:30am, just in time to see the sunrise and explore the site before the tourist crowd arrives. To get the most out of your visit, consider hiring a guide who can explain the reliefs so you can understand the temple a bit better.

Not surprisingly, This site is the most popular tourist attraction in Indonesia. The most common way to get here is via public bus to Borobudur from Yogyakarta, however, this is aimed mostly at Indonesian visitors and only a few tourists venture aboard.

If you are feeling adventurous though, the Trans-Jogya service runs from central Yogyakarta to the Jombor bus terminal in northern Yogyakarta where you can change to another bus to get to Borobudur. The bus will cost around $2 USD.

For a guided full day tour including Borobudur at sunrise, Prambanan, and Merapi Volcano, expect to pay around $95 USD with Get Your Guide .

Visiting Borobudur FAQs

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What should I wear to the Borobudur temple? You’ll want to dress respectfully and conservatively, as this is a religious complex. Wear loose-fitting clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. I’d suggest you wear pants as the steps leading to the top of the temple are high and not suited to shorts or skirts. Also, wear comfortable footwear since you’ll be on your feet for a while. Watching the sunrise at the top of the temple can be cool, especially in winter, so bring a light jacket or sweater.

What is the Borobudur temple made of? The temple is made of stone and consists of nine stacked platforms, six squares, and three circular platforms that are topped by a dome.

How do I get to Borobudur? You can take the public bus from Yogyakarta for around $2 USD or take a minibus for around $6 USD. The journey will take between 60-90 minutes.

Can I book a guided tour of Borobudur? Yes! Get Your Guide offers guided full-day tours that include two others sites in addition to Borobudur at sunrise.

How much is the entrance fee to Borobudur? Admission is $25 USD for adults.

Is Borobudur the largest Buddhist temple in the world? Yep! It’s a massive temple complex and actually took 75 years to build!

Borobudur is one of the most amazing historical sites in the world, and also one of the most unique. I’m fascinated by it. A lot of travelers visit Indonesia and simply stay on Bali , but if you make your way off Bali and into Java, be sure to visit this site. You won’t be disappointed.

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Book Your Accommodation You can book your hostel with Hostelworld . If you want to stay somewhere other than a hostel, use Booking.com as they consistently return the cheapest rates for guesthouses and cheap hotels.

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations. It’s comprehensive protection in case anything goes wrong. I never go on a trip without it as I’ve had to use it many times in the past. I’ve been using World Nomads for ten years. My favorite companies that offer the best service and value are:

  • Safety Wing (for everyone below 70)
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Looking for the best companies to save money with? Check out my resource page for the best companies to use when you travel! I list all the ones I use to save money when I travel – and I think will help you too!

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The Ultimate Guide to Borobudur Temple, Java's Ancient Wonder

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20 MAR 24 . 5 MIN READ . GUIDES

Visit the Legendary Borobudur Temple

The Borobudur Temple in Central Java Province in Indonesia is one of the world’s most iconic and historical Buddhist monuments.

Set against a backdrop of lush landscapes, the ancient temple complex dates back to the 8th century and showcases intricate stone carvings and stupas.

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This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a must-visit destination and can be explored in different settings.

Let’s delve deeper into how you can make the most of your experience at Borobudur Temple as we dive into its history and all the essential information you need to know before planning your visit.

History of Borobudur Temple

Borobudur Temple was constructed during the reign of the Sailendra dynasty in Central Java between 780 to 840 AD.

Representing the philosophy of Buddhist teachings, the temple was built in five stages like a stepped pyramid.

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It served as a pilgrimage spot for many years where travellers visited to worship Buddha in Borobudur and gain knowledge of enlightenment.

Between 928 and 1006 AD, when King Mpu Sindok moved his capital to East Java due to volcanic eruption, the temple complex was abandoned as it got buried under layers of soil and volcanic ash.

Later, when the Islamic kingdom entered the country in the 15th century, the temple was forgotten entirely.

In 1814 AD, during British rule, the temple was rediscovered by Thomas Stamford Raffles – yes, that Stamford Raffles, who was the founding father of Singapore and had a keen interest in Javanese history and culture.

After years of excavation, research and restoration processes carried out by different governments, archaeologists and temple collectors, the temple complex was finally renovated between 1975 and 1982 by the Indonesian government with the support of UNESCO.

In 1991, UNESCO declared it a World Heritage site; since then, Borobudur Temple has attracted visitors worldwide.

The Philosophy of Borobudur Temple

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The 10 levels of the building are built in terraces and divided into three levels.

Each level has a meaning based on Buddhist philosophy.

  • Kamadhatu is the bottom level showcasing human behaviour bound by worldly desires.
  • Rupadhatu is the middle level showcasing human behaviour at the start of the shedding of worldly desires
  • Arupadhatu is the top level showcasing human behaviour completely free of worldly desires.

How to Get to the Borobudur Temple

Borobudur Temple is easy to reach from Yogyakarta, which is the nearest major city at a distance of 40 kilometres.

  • You can rent a taxi/private care for a day or take a private guided tour from Yogyakarta to explore Borobudur Temple.
  • Yogyakarta also has an international airport called Adisucipto International Airport, where you can fly directly.
  • You can also catch the Trans Jogja Bus from Yogyakarta downtown to Jombor Terminal and then take a local bus to Borobudur temple.

Address : Jl. Badrawati, Kw. Candi Borobudur, Borobudur, Kec. Borobudur, Kabupaten Magelang, Jawa Tengah, Indonesia ( map )

Entrance Fees for Borobudur Temple

The entry fees for the normal visiting hours are:

For Temple Ground only

  • Adult (Foreigner) – SGD 32
  • Child (Foreigner) – SGD 19
  • Adult (Domestic) – SGD 4
  • Child (Domestic) – SGD 2

For Both Temple Ground and Temple

  • Adult (Foreigner) – SGD 38
  • Child (Foreigner) – SGD 26
  • Adult (Domestic) – SGD 10
  • Child (Domestic) – SGD 6

Make sure to check updated prices before your visit.

Opening Hours of Borobudur Temple

Borobudur is open every day but the monument remains closed on Monday.

The temple ground is open daily between 7am to 5pm. The temple monument is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 8:30am to 5pm (on a limited basis per day).

There are eight hourly time slots which allows visitors to climb to the top of the temple monument. It is advisable to book the tickets online in advance.

If you are going for the sunrise tour, Borobudur Temple opens at 6:30am and for that, you will need to buy a special ticket to enter the temple before the normal opening hours.

At this time you can explore the temple without any crowd.

How to Experience Borobudur Temple

1. sunrise tour, borobudur, borobudur sunrise tour from setumbu hill in yogyakarta.

Witness the breathtaking sunrise scenery from the top of Setumbu Hill.

The golden light falling over the lush landscapes and the enchanting Borobudur Temple is an enhanced experience you wouldn’t want to miss.

You can even spot the nearby Mount Merapi from this point.

For the sunrise tour , you might have to wake up early and start your journey by 4am, but the sunrise vistas are worth it, especially the magical silhouettes of Borobudur Temple bathed by the sun’s golden rays.

Another advantage of this tour is that you can visit the Borobudur temple compounds before the usual hours and avoid the touristy crowds.

2. Borobudur Temple Compound

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To get the complete experience of Borobudur temple, you should also explore the temple park and yard and not simply rush to the temple monument.

Temple Park is the long walkway from where the vast exteriors of Borobudur Temple can be seen, and Temple Yard is right ahead of the temple, which can be explored by walking around the temple clockwise.

Based on those concepts, you can see the Kamadhatu and Rupadhatu levels and the stone carvings.

Other two important buildings in the compound are the Samudra Raksa Ship Museum and the Museum of Borobudur.

The ship museum is a collection of ships chiselled out of the Borobudur Temple reliefs and displays the country’s maritime history.

And the museum at Borobudur tells the detailed history of the temple, its restoration journey and the stories of the stone carvings.

Beyond exploring the UNESCO-listed Borobudur Temple and immersing yourself in its rich history, you can also take a thrilling jeep adventure to the majestic Merapi volcano, renowned for its breathtaking beauty and active volcanic activity.

Capture stunning photographs at multiple scenic locations surrounding the volcano, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

And finally, conclude your expedition with a visit to Prambanan, the largest temple compound in Indonesia dedicated to Shiva.

3. Borobudur and Prambanan Temples Tour

Yogyakarta: borobudur & prambanan temple day tour.

If you’d like to fully focus on the cultural aspect of things, simply combine your visit to Borobudur and Prambanan’s beautiful temples together.

Prambanan is an exquisite Hindu temple hailed as one of the most magnificent in the world.

You can take a day trip to explore these Javanese highlights before returning to Yogyakarta.

Embark on a spiritual journey and immerse yourself in the profound beauty of these two magnificent temples.

Allow your soul to be nourished and elevated as you experience the tranquil atmosphere and sacred energy that emanate from these awe-inspiring places of worship.

4. Borobudur Temple Tour Prices

Ticket prices may vary. Check here for updated prices .

What to Pack for the Borobudur Temple

  • Comfortable clothes : Due to the hot and humid weather, pack lightweight and breathable clothes for your journey. Also, remember that modest clothing which covers your shoulders and knees is necessary to enter the temple. Make sure you pack your clothes accordingly.
  • Water bottle : Carry a refillable water bottle. You will need to hydrate yourself while exploring the temple on a sunny day.
  • Sun-block cream, hat and sunglasses : To save yourself from the scorching heat
  • Camera : You will need the camera to capture the picturesque views during the sunset and also the intricate details of the temple.
  • Insect repellant lotion : Pack an insect repellant to protect yourself from bug bites.

Where to Stay near Borobudur Temple

If you are someone who wants to experience the temple peacefully and is not willing to make a day trip from Yogyakarta, there are some amazing accommodation options near Borobudur Temple where you can choose to spend the night.

5. Luxury Hotels in Borobudur

Plataran Heritage Borobudur : This luxurious hotel with a colonial charm sits on the doorstep of the Borobudur Temple and also provides wonderful views of the Menoreh Hills.

Hotel Le Temple : This 5-star property is inspired by Borobudur, where the architectural patterns of the temple are recreated in the interiors. It is a perfect place to stay while visiting Borobudur Temple.

6. Mid-Range Hotels in Borobudur

  • The Amrta Borobudur : Only about 700 m from the temple, this hotel is a great place to stay, having rooms with a view of rice fields.
  • Manohara Borobudur : If not from Setumbu Hill, Manohara is another best option to watch the sunrise views. Manohara Borobudur makes an exceptional option to stay where you can leisurely watch the sunrise while having breakfast and also chase the sunset scenes of Borobudur.

7. Budget Hotels in Borobudur

Jolan Jalan Homestay : If you are travelling on a fixed budget, this homestay provides all the basic facilities and is only 1.9 km away from Borobudur Temple.

Eloprogo Art House : It is an affordable boutique stay in a small village at a distance of 4 km from Borobudur Temple. The hotel is on the slope and you will find the scenic views of the Elo and Progo rivers flowing below.

Visiting Borobudur Temple is a truly enriching experience that combines history, spirituality and natural beauty into one.

With proper planning and our comprehensive guide, you can marvel at the architectural brilliance of ancient times and create beautiful memories.

We’ve covered almost everything you need to know to make your journey to this heritage site seamless and hassle-free.

Commonly Asked Questions

What is the significance of the borobudur temple.

Borobudur Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage site and an ancient wonder that holds immense cultural and religious importance. As the world’s Buddhist temple, it represents ancient Javanese architecture and serves as a popular pilgrimage site for Buddhists.

What are the best times to visit Borobudur Temple to avoid crowds?

To enjoy a more peaceful experience, it’s advisable to visit Borobudur Temple early in the morning or later in the afternoon.

Can I hire a tour guide at the temple?

Yes, hiring a local tour guide is recommended to gain a deeper understanding of the temple’s history, architecture and significance and to listen to fascinating stories about the temple’s past.

Are there any restrictions while visiting Borobudur Temple?

Yes, visitors are required to follow certain rules which are set to preserve the temple’s heritage and protect its delicate structures. Climbing the temple is allowed but visitors should not touch the carvings. Drones are not permitted and smoking is strictly prohibited on the temple grounds.

Is there an entrance fee to visit Borobudur Temple?

Yes, there is an entrance fee to visit Borobudur Temple and it may vary depending on the type of ticket, such as regular admission or sunrise access. It’s essential to check the official website or inquire at the ticket counter for the latest fees and options.

What are some nearby attractions worth exploring after visiting Borobudur Temple?

Several other historical and cultural sites are worth exploring in the vicinity of Borobudur Temple. Nearby attractions include Mendut and Pawon temples, as well as traditional Javanese villages where visitors can experience local customs and crafts.

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Borobudur and Prambanan Tour In One Day. Yay or Nay?

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“ Can I do Borobudur and Prambanan in one day? “

This is one of questions that I often get from my blog readers. This is possible for sure, and if you’re interested I’ll be happy to help you by offering you an all inclusive tour with a pickup from your hotel.

Also Read:  The Best Yogyakarta Tours

First   things first:   B orobudur and Prambanan are not close to each other. Check out the map below to give you the idea of where the Borobudur temple is located and where Prambanan temple is located.

As you can see they both are located in different directions from Yogyakarta. Borobudur is located to the northwest of Yogyakarta and Prambanan is closer to the east part of Yogyakarta. From the distance point of view, Borobudur is approximately 45km from the city center, while Prambanan is 16km away from city center. The big distances involved make for a very long day.

If you want to take a one-day tour to Borobudur and Prambanan there are two main options available. Let me share the itinerary.

Borobudur and Prambanan One Day Tour

The best time to do the Borobudur and Prambanan tour is first thing in the morning for sunrise. Book a shared tour for the cheapest price (find out how below). The one-day Borobudur and Prambanan shared tour starts very early in the morning. If you join a Yogyakarta Borobudur Prambanan tour, most likely you will get picked up from your hotel at around 5am. You will arrive in Borobudur at 6am and get a chance to explore Borobudur Temple for three hours.

After visiting Borobudur you will have a 1.5-2 hour journey from Borobudur to Prambanan Temple. You will have two hours to explore Prambanan. At 1 or 2pm you will go back to Yogyakarta. Sounds pretty easy, right? Well… It is, but believe me you will feel drained.

Borobudur and Prambanan One Day Tour with Sunrise

This option is for people who like to get up early and want to see a beautiful sunrise. The itinerary is almost identical to the Borobudur and Prambanan one day tour, but you have to be ready at 4am. Instead of heading directly to Borobudur you go to Setumbu Hill. From the top of the hill you get a beautiful view of Borobudur wrapped in mist. It’s an amazing experience and you can read about it here if you’re interested.

Things to Consider

Borobudur and Prambanan complexes are both huge! Walking around and exploring the temple compounds is fun, but also quite hard work.

I think that the Prambanan Temple tour can be a little bit tricky. According to Wikipedia there are a total of 240 temples in the Prambanan complex. It’s that big! I’ve been to Prambanan more than three times and I still haven’t seen Candi Sewu (Sewu temple). The temple is located inside the Prambanan temple complex, but pretty far away from main temples of Prambanan.

Budgeting For Your Day Trip

For Discover Your Indonesia readers, a one-day group tour of Borobudur and Prambanan will include breakfast. The cost also covers pick up and drop off at your hotel. The mini bus that takes you is modern and has a driver who can speak basic English.

The entrance ticket to Prambanan and Borobudur costs are updated every year. Entrance for international visitors to Prambanan is higher than for Indonesian citizens and Kitas holders. Children below five can enter for free. The entrance fee to Setumbu Hill (for sunrise) is the same for domestic and international visitors.

Of course you don’t have to join a group tour. It is possible to hire a driver with a car who will take you to both temples (plus some more temples around Yogyakarta). Of course the added flexibility and comfort comes at an added cost. A one day tour to Borobudur and Prambanan with a personal driver can be arranged. You can click here to get more info and book the tour (there’s no deposit required).

There are additional optional costs to the tour. For example, if you really want to get more insights about Borobudur and Prambanan during your tour then you should consider to hire a guide. A tour guide costs Rp100,000 per hour.

A tour guide is of course not essential, but they are helpful. I used a tour guide while visiting Prambanan and I tell you that one hour isn’t enough to explain everything! Especially if you really interested in the subject. There are so many interesting things to learn about and discussions to have.

Although the cost for a day trip is very high, I do believe the experience is worth it. Both Borobudur and Prambanan are UNESCO World Heritage Sites and offer a unique insight into the history of Indonesia.

Borobudur and Prambanan Tours

There are downsides to doing a tour of Prambanan and Borobudur temples in one day. One big issue is just how tiring it is. My suggestion is: if you have the time, visit Borobudur and Prambanan on separate days.  In the end, it is your decision. 🙂 The length of time you will spend in Yogyakarta is a big part of whatever decision you make. If you only have two days in this lovely city then yes, doing both temples in one day does make sense.

Whatever option you do decide to choose in the end, I can help. I’ve teamed up with a local travel agency to offer tours of Borobodur and Prambanan.

Borobudur Setumbu Hill / Barede Hill

Watch sunrise from the top of the valley overlooking Borobudur Temple. On a good day you will see Borobudur emerging from the mist. This is a shared group tour and transport is included in the price. You will need to purchase your own tickets to Borobudur and Prambanan temples.

Have you ever been to Yogyakarta? Did you visit both temples in one day? What was your experience?

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Firsta, your last shot of Prambanan is just amazing! It seems like clouds radiate from one of the temples and aim for the sky.

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Prambanan is definitely beautiful. This photo captured the moment for me. Glad you like it 🙂

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Pernah ke Borobudur berangkat habis ashar, eh sampai sana udah tutup loketnya. Maklum pakek nyasar soalnya sama2 gak ngerti jalan. Haha. Untungnya aku gak buru2 pulang, besoknya aku ke borobudur jam 10 pagi naik motor sih sama temen yg tau jalan. Gak cukup dalam 3 jam waktu itu, soalnya banyaaaaak angle yg bagus buat putu putu..

Angle Candi Borobudur khan maksudnya?

Enggak, angle wajah akuuuu.. HAHAHAHAHA

Pulang sore banget. Sampe Yogja lagi keknya maghrib.

Jadi menurutkuuuu mending one day Borobudur and one day Prambanan. Biar ada waktu leyeh-leyehnyaa..

So NAY, right? Toss dulu dong.

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Aku jatuh cinta ama borobudur saat menjelang senja di temani rintik gerimis 🙂 Tahun 2003 pernah 4 hari bertiurut2 ke brorobudur hanya menanti tutup dan gerimis

4 hari berturut-turut ke Borobudur? Kamu spekta banget!!

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foto prambanan yang paling bawah itu cantik sekali, kak first ! 🙂

Makasih Kakak 😉 Lagi ngepas awannya hehehe.. Thanks sudah mampir ya.

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I’ve done it both ways (visiting Borobudur and Prambanan on the same day and separate days) and would strongly encourage people to visit both on separate days if time allows. There are a number of other temples close by to Prambanan as well, such as Candi Plaosan, which can fill out the day in the area nicely.

Oh, and Firsta, there’s no excuse not to make it to Candi Sewu next time you’re in Prambanan – the walk is surpisingly pleasant and there was a lovely old lady selling drinks along the way to help top up the batteries. Of course if your little legs are too tired you can always hop on the choo-choo train to do a lap of the park, including Candi Sewu (though I seemed to be the target of more photos than the temple was from those passing by on the train.

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Same with you, i say nay! too beautiful to explore in the same day!.

Aaaaah jadi pengen ke jogja niiih, kalo ke borobudur ga pernah pas sunrise niih…

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Formidable! Doin` a tour to two destinations in 2 days seemed to be inconvenient. But apparently it`s possible, you proved it (y) gonna b tryin` someday

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Nay! lebih asik slow travel kak first, kemarin harusnya sempet ke Borobudur dari Setumbu, tapi karena mepet jadi cancel deh. Semoga next time jodoh sama Borobudur, supaya puas nikmatinnya tanpa buru-buru heheee

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Hello Firsta.

I’m going to Jogja on this coming May 26-31 with a friend. If you don’t mind, may i ask you which one should i go first between prambanan and borobudur? And how much it will cost for each temple if we’re coming by ourselves without tourist guide or personal driver? We’ll be staying at Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta and planning to get there by bus if possible. Is that okay?

p/s : sorry for my bad English.

Hi Arina, For Borobudur, you can go to Jombor terminal with Trans Jogja (ticket price is Rp3,000) and continue with another bus to get to Borobudur area (have no idea about the ticket price for this bus). For Prambanan, you can reach this temple easily with Trans Jogja to Prambanan shelter. Entrance fee info: Borobudur: 20 USD or 250.000 IDR / person Prambanan: 18 USD or 225.000 IDR / person * Using rate: 1 USD = 12.500 IDR ** If you have a valid student card, you can get 50% discount for each temple. Hope it helps!

it does help! tqsm firsta. btw, i am Malaysian 🙂

Cool! I hope you have a great time in Jogjakarta!

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Btw what constitutes as a valid student card? I have my University of Nottingham Student card….is that enough?

Yes, should be ok.

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Nay nay nay! too rush for 2 most inviting attractions of Indonesia 🙂 🙂

Yes it is a nay!

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ahh iya juga, masih penasaran mau muterin kompleks prambanan sampe bener-bener puas. kayaknya perlu seharian deh, dan ditutup dengan ke sunset Ratu Boko kayaknya perfect 😀

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I will be in Indonesia during Ramadan and am hoping to get to Yogyakarta and visit Borobudur and Prambanan. Is this an option during Ramadan? Different opening hours? Drivers still available? Will water consumption after trekking through temple complexes for hours be frowned upon? In other words, is it advisable to tour Borobudur and Prambanan at all during Ramadan.

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Will be arriving at Yogyakarta by 12pm. Is it possible to visit Prambanan (for 2hours i guess) then travel directly to Borobudur and catch the sunset view?

How long would it take to travel from Prambanan to Borobudur by car?

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Yeay! for Me 🙂 Pernah ke Borobudur & Prambanan di hari yang sama. Waktu itu nginep di penginepan di area Borobudur, sekitar jam 5 dijemput ojek ke Puthuk Setumbu untuk ngejar sunrise dengan background Borobudur, trus setelahnya lanjut ke area Borobudur sampe jam 10 pagi, lanjut ke Prambanan sampe senja & malemnya nonton sendratari di Prambanan.

[…] I got some emails and requests to book tours in Yogyakarta. Guess what? My most popular request are tours to Borobudur and Prambanan, plus sometimes Ramayana Ballet. Another popular request is for tours hiking Merapi (feel free to […]

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Definitely a yay, unless you’re REALLY into temples. In fact, if you have the energy (get plenty of zzz the night before), you can definitely do Setumbu sunrise + Borobudur + Merapi lava tour + Prambanan (just the three main temples) + Ramayana ballet.

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yay , untuk trip borobudur sunrisenya

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hi there. I will be visiting jogjakarta in mid november. 2 adults and 2 kids . how do i pick a tour from airport to prambanan temple and then to hotel. please let me know charges.

I will send you an email for more details 🙂

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I’m visiting yogyakarta for 2 days only and would really like to do the Borobudur and Prambanan tour in 1 day. Ideally I would like to do this tomorrow (1st November ) but I realise that it is very short notice, therfore I could be available on 2nd November.

Please let me know if there is any availability for this tour. Thanks

Hi Aleasia,

I already sent you an email. 🙂

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Some very useful info on this link – thank you!

My wife & I will be arriving Yogyakarta late on the 23rd Dec, departing early 29th and are still undecided re the “Yeah or Nay” one day or two…. though leaning towards a more unrushed 2 days.

Would it be possible to obtain an all inclusive quote (transport, guide, entrance fees etc) for Borobudur and Prambanan?

Would a booking for two be just us – or part of a larger group – and if the former are we able to modify it slightly (eg my wife would prefer more time exploring the temples, perhaps opting out of something else) ?

Also, can you advise of your cancellation policy as the current volcano activity and flight disruptions is of some concern..

Many thanks! Ian

Hi Ian, Thanks for sharing your holiday plan. I sent you an email yesterday 🙂 Look forward to hearing back from you.

Yep, got that this morning. Will look at it this weekend when we get some time together and get back to you. Thanks! Ian

We discussed this last night and have decided to ‘hold’ for the time being.

The reason is that we will be travelling via Denpasar on the way back and as you know there have been many flight cancellations to & from Bali due to volcano activity.

We have commitments in Sydney from 30th Jan (when we are due back) so if there are on-going flight cancellations we will defer our trip to a later date.

If we do go ahead, we’ll contact you closer to our departure date.

Thanks for your help.

Regards Ian

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Hi Your blog is interesting! My husband and I plan to visit Yogyakarta during 2-7 May, 2016. We would like to visit both Borobudur temple and Prambanan and of course sunrise tour. We also would like to visit Bromo too. Is it possible to get to Bromo and back to Yogyakarta we have to catch the flight back home in the afternoon on 7 May. Could you give me the cost of all tour? I can join with other people if possible. Thank you so much. Regards Ratchada

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yay. visit borobudur in early morning and then enjoy sunset and night at prambanan. * its could be yay if we dont have much time to explore magelang and jogja 🙂

Yes, indeed. 🙂

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hI, may I know specific term & condition if I have student card in order to get 50% discount to enter both temples? I have info that only foreigner who study in indonesia entitled for the discount. Its really confusing, hope you can help me.

Any students are eligible for the 50% discount for Borobudur and Prambanan temple entrance fee. You have to bring (and show at the ticket counter) your valid student ID.

Dear Firsta, Thanks a lot for the info.

Hi Siti, my pleasure! Have a great time in Yogyakarta!

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Really nice to read your blog. I will be reaching Yogya airport in the afternoon on the 24th.. I will need to leave for the airport again on 27th. Do you think the following itinerary is wise?

24th – airport to lunch then Prambanan, sunset there. Take a bus back to Manohara Resort 25th morn sunrise at Borobodur then explore, bus back to Jogja city, chill and explore city 25th late night bus to Merapi base, climb overnight 26th get back to jogja accomm, sleep, go to Parangritis Beach in the evening for sunset and paragliding 27th leave

Guess I wouldn’t have time to see Solo 🙁

What’s your personal email? Would like to correspond via email

Hi Bhuvan. Thanks for your kind words about the website, I just sent you an email.

Not sure if you had received my message! Had asked you some advice with regards to my itinerary. Thank you!

Warm Regards, Bhuvan

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HiFrista , I just wonder we shall choose to view sunset at Borobudur (temple ) or from the hill since we only have 2 days 1 night at Yogyakarta . Would you please give any advice ?

Hi Joyce, I personally love sunrise from the top of Borobudur temple. 🙂 just sent you an email to explain more about it.

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Sunrise at Borobudur is a must :-). Thanks for sharing the great informantion.

Hi Paulo, Thank you for stopping by. Yes, sunrise from the top of Borobudur temple is magical.

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I’ll be visiting Jogja next month and I have to say your posts have been very helpful, so THANK YOU! I’ll probably book with you on the tour later once I’ve got my itinerary firmed up 🙂

Hi Sin. I’m glad you found the site useful. Look forward to hearing from you when you’ve got your itinerary firmed up 🙂

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Hi Firsta! Me and my friend are staying in Yogyakarta today and tomorrow. It is a short visit so we would like to visit the Borobudur and Prambanan temples tomorrow. We already booked one of the available tours in the booking form and were just wondering when will you get back to us for a confirmation since there is not much time left.

Hi Alba, sent you email for more details 🙂

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My wife & me would be flying into Jogya on 18/5 and would like to visit Borobudur & Prambanan temples within a day on 19/5. I read your reply posting to Arina on 28 Apr’15 with regards to entrance fees & transportation. If we were to follow your advice, that is take trans jogya to Borobudur via Jombor terminal, will we be able to catch the sun rise on our own if we set off at 4am?

Appreciate your reply and have a nice day.

Warm regards, David

Hi David, not sure if the bus (both the regular bus and also the Trans Jogja) is available at early morning. Please have a look at this page: http://discoveryourindonesia.com/setumbu-hill-sunrise-tour/ or http://discoveryourindonesia.com/manohara-hotel-borobudur/ . I think joining a shared transport tour is a less hassle solution (and cheaper rather than hiring a private car). We can do pick up from a hotel in Yogyakarta city center.

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I will be interested in doing this trip both temples in a day. Can you pls let me know how do i go about making a reservation for such a trip.

Thanks Mohan

Hi Mohan. You can book the tour by pressing one of the buttons above. Alternatively visit this page for the Manohara Borobudur Tour .

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Hello. Me and my husband will be visiting Borobudur and Prambanan temple complex these days but we were wondering how would be the situation during the Ramadan. Would the temples be still open for visitors, would the opening timings change, would be able to find and hire a driver and would any restaurants during the day be open ?

Also if he hire a driver – how much do you think would be the normal price to pay for a day to take us 1st to Borobudur and 2nd day to Prambanan and maybe Merapi lava

What time would be the best to visit Merapi Lava and is there an entrance fee ? Thank you

Hi Boryana. The temples will be open during Ramadan and you can visit them. You will be able to hire a car and restaurants will also be open. For the price of a car rental please visit the Yogyakarta Car Rental Page .

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Hi Firsta We are visiting Yogyakarta for a couple of days starting tomorrow. It’s short notice but could you advise me please if you have a driver and car available for Sunday 12 June to collect my friend and I (2 adults) and then visit Borobudur and Prambanan in the same day? Maybe around 3 hours at each location. Perhaps you can email me availability and prices? Many thanks. Robert

Hi Robert. I just emailed you regarding your enquiry.

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HiFirsta, I’ll be Yogyakarta August 23-27. I plan to visit BOROBUDUR and Prambanan in a day trip (24). pls, email me the price.

thanks & best regards, Nicholas

Hi Nicholas, You can see all the details here: http://discoveryourindonesia.com/setumbu-hill-sunrise-tour/ and here: http://discoveryourindonesia.com/manohara-hotel-borobudur/ . Look forward to receiving your order. 🙂

Dear Firsta,

as discuss before, I would like to book on 25/08/2016. number of Pax 2. Tour is Rp 140,000 per person. – Pick up at around 4:00 am. – Watch sunrise from Setumbu Hill. – Visit Borobudur Temple. – Visit Prambanan Temple. – Return to Yogyakarta at 2:00 pm.

cheers , Nicholas

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very informative blog! We are a couple visiting Java in september and will spend 4 nights in Jogja (14-18.09), in the Southern district (Gallery Prawirotaman Hotel). As we have the time, we’ll probably spread the visits over two days and also see some of the city highlights. Could you get in touch per email to see more in detail what options we’d have for transportation / pricing? Or if you would advise to get accommodation closer to the temples for example. Thanks!

Sure Dann. I’d recommend reviewing some of these Yogya Tour Packages . They should give you some great ideas for your holiday.

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Hello…. Great site!!! By the way…ini Miss Frista yang duly pernah ng ajar di Tk Budi Utama bukan yah? Cos as long as I can remember there was only one beautiful lady with beautiful healthy long hair like yours.

Hi Linda. Unfortunately I wasn’t a teacher at TK Budi Utama. GLad to hear there is another Firsta with beautiful long hair though :p

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Hello Firsta, Congrats with your blog. So helpful! Before booking the Borobodur & Prambanan tour a question. We are looking to book for next Sunday, Monday or Tuesday, so : Is this tour organised on a daily base? Hope to meet you within a week, Dirk & Caroline

Hi Dirk & Caroline. Yes the tour is organised every day so you can easily make a booking.

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first of all, thank you for such a great and informative blog.

We are travelling to your lovely country in September. We are arriving in Jakarta on Monday evening and planning to spend there two days. After that we plan to take a train from Jakarta to Yogyakarta, as you suggested.

I am curios to know what is the best tour operator for one whole day tour of Yogyakarta (standard – both temples and probably palace), which operator is the safest and how much does it cost. For strange reason I cannot see the prices anywhere? What is the price per person?

When we arrive in the afternoon (between 15-16 h ) is there anything you recommend to do or just wonder around the city?

Hi Aleksandar. I’d be happy to help you arrange your tour in Yogyakarta. You can find prices for activities and the different tours on offer here . Will be happy to help you with the bookings when you have selected the tour.

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Hi Firsta I will be coming with 3 other friends to Yogyakarta on 6/11 and next day 7/11 we are planning to do in one day Borobudur and Prambanan. We are interested in sunrise in Borobudur and late afternoon/evening/sunset in Prambanan. We have all day for those two. Could you please advise what cost it would be and how we can book it? Monika

Hi Monika. I just sent you an email regarding your enquiry.

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We arrive the 19th of July 2017 in Yogyakarta Airport at 12:25 and we’d like to visit directly Prambanam and some nearby temples.

What would be the price of this tour? We are two people. We’d like to end in the hotel.

Hi David. IF you’re interested in different tours around Yogya I’d start by looking at the Yogya tours page .

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I will be reaching Yogyakarta at 12.30pm and will be staying for 3 days (including arrival and departure day). Is it possible that I visit Prambanan (or Borobudur) on the day of arrival and complete the other one the next day? Could you suggest any of your tour package that suits me best?

Thanks in advance. Douglas

Hi Douglas, we sent an email to you.

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Good Day Ma’am

Just would like to ask if it is possible to go to Prambanan temple directly from Borobudur (vice versa)? Thanks 🙂

Yes you can also do that. Prambanan is more popular for sunset and Borobudur for the sunrise, but you can do the other way around 🙂 The temple open for public at 6 AM and close around 5-5:30 PM.

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It was a pleasure reading your blog. We land to Yogyakarta on dec 18th in the afternoon (2pm). Do you think it gives us enough time to do Prambanan and next day do Borobudur? If not, then I guess we’ll combine them in one day. Also, could you please help provide details of the tour operators and costs? We don’t need it to be a private one. Looking forward to your response

Hi Aqeel, I have received your shared transport program request. I’ll reply soon.

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Hi, do you know how strictly the 48 limit on the combo ticket for Prambaban and Borobudur is enforced. We entered one at 3.30 on Sunday and were planning to enter the other at 5 on Tuesday. TIA Dave

Hi David, sorry for the late reply. I think the ticket can only be use in 2 consecutive day. Hope you had a great time in Yogya.

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Hello Firsta,

First of all thank you for this great source of knowledge! I plan to spend 3 days (31.03-02.04) in Yogyakarta and I’d like to visit Borobudur and Prambanan within one day. Could you kindly please provide me the details about the cost of the tour as well as the combined ticket to both of the temples? I’d also appreciate any advice about the pick up as it’s not possible from every part of the city. I haven’t booked my hotel yet, so I wanna be sure I’ll find one in the good area 🙂 Looking forward to your response. Best regards

We sent an email to you. 🙂 Look forward to hearing back from you.

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hi frista, aku udah baca blog kamu, aku plan semalam d jogja karna emg waktuku mepet dan pengen pergiin borobudur dan prambanan dalam satu hari. rencanaku checkout hotel jam 3subuh djemput sm supir ke borobudur trus langsung ke prambanan trus sorenya terbang balik jakarta, brati totally impossible ya???

Dear Karina,

Terima kasih sudah menghubungi kami melalui komentar di blog. Mohon maaf atas keterlambatan balasannya. Saya sedang travelling di Sulawesi dan koneksi internet agak susah. Plan kamu mungkin banget asalkan atur supir dan sewa mobil pribadi. Biasanya, jika kamu menghabiskan waktu 2-3 jam di setiap candi, maka kamu akan selesai sekitar jam 2 siang.

Semoga membantu dan selamat jalan-jalan di Yogya ya.

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Hello Firsta Congratulations about your great description (guide). I´m going to Yogyakarta in July as I´m an amateur photographer I would like to visit Borobudor on the sunrise, but have just read about to see the sunrise form a hill, where we could see the Borobodur Temple emerging form the mist. Could you tell me some details about it? I’ ll appreciate it :). Do you arrange any tour that includes nice places to take pictures? Sincerly Joao

I have sent an email few days ago. Hope you receive it ok.

Hi Firsta Thanks a lot. I´ve received your email. It is very helpful. I haven´t decided yet what to do in Yogyakarta, beside to visite Borobudur temple and Pranamban. Maybe I will need more help from you, to arranje a day tour. I hope don´t bother you to much.

Thanks so much again Joao

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Hello Fista and everyone Great explanations here! There was one thing in Borobudur and prambanan which really bothered us a lot during our visit ie the distribution of plastic water bottles as a welcome drink… Plastic is causing huge env problems all over the world and theuse of plastic in indonesia is really enormous… I would therefore like to address to all Indonesia visitors to try to show how we can do with less plastic, by refusing these plastic bottles and bringing your own refill bottle everywhere you go. We are travelling around with 3 young kids for 2 months and manage to do that with our refill bottles, so yes we can! 🙂 THANK YOU

Hi Bert, Thanks for raising the issue. Reducing the amount of throwaway plastic is something that I’m really passionate about. I’m glad that you’re travelling with refill bottles and it would be great if more people did the same thing. Best of luck sharing your message and enjoy your travels in Indonesia.

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My wife and I have a week in Bali and considering either a day trip to Yogyakarta to see both Borobudur and Prambaran and then head back the same night.

Is this possible and how could i organise this?

Dear Aslan,

It is possible. We will get in touch through email. Please get the morning flight to Yogya, suggested arrival time is 7-8am. Please get the last flight to Bali, if possible departure above 7pm. Speak to you through email.

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Hi Firsta, My husband and me have a few days in Bali and considering either a day trip to Yogyakarta to see both Borobudur and Prambaran and then head back the same night in next June. Is this possible and how could i organise this? Tks!

Dear Leli, Yes it is possible. I have sent you an email 4 days ago. Please let me know if you receive it ok. Look forward to hearing back from you. PS: please check your spam folder too.

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Hi Firsta, great blog and discussion you have here. We are due to arrive and visit both temples over the end of Ramadan and it’s celebration (5th and 6th of June). Do you think there will be disruptions or could be difficult to find private transport on those days? Apart this I dont think these temples should be any busier than usual, isn’t it? Thank you.

Hi Giannicola, Yes I think it’ll be relatively difficult to find a driver. We are not taking order during Idul Fitri holiday (3-7 June). 🙁 The temples are usually less busy during Idulfitri, but on 7-8 June onward it will get crowded.

Hi Firsta, thanks again for your answer. I do have another question please: Is there a combo ticket for Borobudur sunrise, Borobudur temple and Prambanan temple? Otherwise what would be the best option if I wanted to do these three? To get Borobudur sunrise and temple in a ticket and separately Prambanan? I guess it’s not possible to buy just the sunrise ticket for Borobudur and the combo separately… Thank you!

Hi Gianni, The combination ticket is not valid for sunrise/sunset. The combination ticket for Borobudur and Prambanan only valid for normal working hours. Yes, you can buy the sunrise Borobodur ticket which is Rp475,000 per person for foreigners and the Prambanan ticket which is USD 25 per person. If you are a student, bring your student card with you, you can get a discount. Hope you have a great time in Yogyakarta.

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We had visited both Borobodur and Prambanan same day in 2017. It was an amazing experience but as you mentioned it was a bit tiring. We also visited the Ramayana Ballet Open Year at night. That was also very captivating with Prambanan in the background. However, to visitors I will suggest not to visit the three the same day. In that case you won’t be able to fully enjoy these places. Your blog is very informative and will definitely help visitors to these places.

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Hi Fiesta, I have a question on the combo tickets for Borobudur & Prambanan. Can I buy combo tickets for different dates and still get the discount? Thanks for your reply.

Hi Henry, As I know, the combo tickets are valid for 2 days, starting from the first visit. For example, if you buy a Prambanan-Borobudur combo ticket on March 28th, obviously with a visit to Prambanan on the same day, you can go to Borobudur on March 29th. Hope this helps.

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The Ultimate Guide to Visiting Borobudur Temple, Indonesia

The Borobudur Temple is one of the best places to visit in Indonesia, so you should add it to your Java Itinerary.

It is one of the most beautiful monuments in Southeast Asia, like the Angkor Wat in Cambodia and the Bagan Temples in Myanmar.

The Borobudur is the largest Buddhist temple in the world!

See the Borobudur Temple at sunrise and combine your visit with the magnificent Prambanan Temple.

This ultimate guide to visiting Borobudur Temple, Indonesia, includes the best time to visit, how to get there, practical information, and entrance fees.

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Where is Borobudur Temple?

Borobudur Temple is located in Central Java, Indonesia, about 1-1.5 hours from Yogyakarta.

Why is Borobudur Temple Famous?

The Borobudur is the largest Buddhist temple in the world and one of the most beautiful places in Indonesia.

Did you know that Borobudur Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site?

Buddhists and many tourists come from all over the world to visit this important pilgrimage place.

Borobudur Temple History

The Borobudur Temple was originally built in the 8th century during the reign of the Sailendra dynasty.

It was later abandoned, and the Borobudur Temple was hidden under volcanic ash for centuries.

After that, it was rediscovered in 1814 by Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, and cleaning work began and continued until 1835.

After many years of restoration, the Borobudur Temple was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991.

Borobudur Temple has 72 beautiful Buddha statues hidden inside bell-shaped stupas.

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Best Time to Visit Borobudur Temple, Indonesia

Indonesia has two seasons: a dry season and a rainy season.

The Borobudur Temple can be visited all year round!  But the best time to visit Java is from May to October.

The weather is sunny and dry during these months, perfect for sightseeing, hiking, and exploring the Java attractions.

Borobudur Temple is one of the most beautiful places in Central Java and is popular with locals and tourists alike. Therefore, we recommend avoiding weekends and arriving at sunrise or sunset when you can enjoy the best panoramic views from Borobudur Temple.

Java Island has a tropical climate, hot and humid, and the average temperature is 27°C all year round.

The busiest time to visit Java is between July and August.  The rainy season in Java runs from November to April.

TIP In high season, we strongly recommend booking accommodation and tours in advance!

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How to Get to Borobudur Temple, Indonesia

As the Borobudur Temple is located in Central Java, you will first need to get to Java Island, Indonesia. The plane is the most comfortable and fastest way to get to Java!

Java has several airports. There are many international flights from Singapore or Kuala Lumpur and domestic flights from other parts of Indonesia, such as Jakarta and Bali.

The nearest major city to Borobudur is  Yogyakarta,  which is easily accessible by flight or train. We arrived by train from  Malang  to Yogyakarta, and the journey took 6-7 hours. Buy your train tickets here.

Yogyakarta has an International Airport , the Yogyakarta Kulon Progo International Airport (airport code YIA).

From Bali, you can fly to Yogyakarta from I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport (airport code DPS).  The flight takes just 1.5 hours, and plane tickets start from 40 USD (without luggage) per person for one way.

TIP Use Skyscanner to find cheap flights to Java, Indonesia.

We have a detailed post on  how to get from Bali to Java  with all the information you need.

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The distance between Yogyakarta and Borobudur Temple is only 40 km, and the journey takes 1-1.5 hours, depending on traffic.

The best way to visit Borobudur Temple is to take a day trip from Yogyakarta to Borobudur and Prambanan temples.

TIP Book the best Borobudur Sunrise and Prambanan tour through  GetYourGuide , where you can get great prices.

Alternatively, you can get to Borobudur Temple by local bus, taxi, Grab (similar to Uber), rent a motorbike, or hire a private driver.

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How to Visit Borobudur Temple, Indonesia

The best way to visit Borobudur Temple is to join a  day trip from Yogyakarta.

We rented a scooter in Yogyakarta and set off at 4 AM to Borobudur Temple to catch the most beautiful sunrise in Indonesia. We bought our sunrise tickets at the Manohara Resort.

Once you arrive, follow the signs and explore the beautiful carvings and stupas. It takes about 20 minutes to climb the steep stairs to the top and at least 1.5-2 hours to wander around the Borobudur Temple.

To get the most out of the experience, you can join a  guided tour  or hire a private guide who will explain the history while walking around.

Good to know To climb up Borobudur Temple, you need to buy a separate ticket, which costs around 455,000 IDR (30 USD) per person and is allowed 1200 climbers per day. If you don’t want to wait hours at the bottom of the temple and want to be sure, book online.

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What are the Borobudur Temple opening hours?

The Borobudur Temple is open daily from 6:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

Important note At the moment, the Borobudur and Prambanan temples are closed every Monday, so check for up-to-date information before you travel! Because the Borobudur Temple is one of the most popular attractions in Indonesia, don’t miss it.

How much is the Borobudur Temple entrance fee?

The entrance fee for locals is 50,000 IDR (3,30 USD), and for children is 25,000 IDR (1,65 USD).

The Borobudur Temple entrance fee is 375,000 IDR (25 USD) for foreign adults and 225,00 IDR (15 USD) for children (aged 3 to 10 years). You can easily buy your ticket online.

The Borobudur Temple sunrise ticket price is 550,000 IDR (35 USD). The sunrise ticket includes a small gift and a delicious breakfast buffet. You can enter the temple complex before public hours from 4:30 AM.

Important note It is currently not possible to watch the sunrise at Borobudur. But from Setumbu Hill, you can admire the temple at sunrise!

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Tips for Visiting Borobudur Temple, Indonesia

  • It’s safe to visit the Borobudur Temple, and well worth it.
  • Drones are prohibited at the Borobudur Temple!
  • Use sunscreen and wear a hat because there is little shade.
  • Bring plenty of water and some snacks.
  • You can visit the temples of Borobudur and Prambanan in 1 day.
  • The Borobudur Temple complex is quite large, so wear walking shoes and comfortable clothes.
  • There is no dress code, but you should wear respectful clothing when visiting the temples.
  • Bring a sarong or borrow one at the entrance if they ask you to cover your shoulders or knees.
  • Spend at least 1.5-2 hours at Borobudur Temple and explore the beautiful archaeological site.

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Where to Stay near Borobudur Temple, Indonesia

Yogyakarta is the perfect base for visiting the temple, as it is only a 1-1.5 hour drive from the temple of Borobudur.

The city has good restaurants and great places to shop.  But the accommodation options are available for all budgets. These are our recommendations.

  • Luxury:   The Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta
  • Mid-Range:   The Victoria Hotel Yogyakarta
  • Budget:   Java Villas Boutique Hotel & Resto

Prambanan Temple, Indonesia

After visiting the Borobudur, you can visit other attractions in Yogyakarta or go straight to the Prambanan. But we think the best time to visit Prambanan Temple is at sunset. (Due to the current opening hours, you cannot watch the sunset at the Prambanan.)

Since the Prambanan Temple is a 1.5-hour drive from Borobudur, it is well worth a visit.

The three main temples are dedicated to the most important Hindu gods, like Shiva, Vishnu, and Brahma.  Shiva’s shrine is the tallest at 47 meters and offers the most beautiful scenery.

Although Prambanan is also a popular attraction in Java, it is less crowded than Borobudur. Plan to spend 2-3 hours around Prambanan and explore the beautiful temples.

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What are the Prambanan Temple opening hours?

The Prambanan Temple is open daily from 6:30 AM to 5 PM.

How much is the Prambanan Temple entrance fee?

The Prambanan Temple entrance fee is 375,000 IDR (25 USD) for foreign adults and 225,00 IDR (15 USD) for children (aged 3 to 10 years). You can easily buy your ticket online.

You can buy a combined ticket, which gives access to Borobudur and Prambanan temples.

The combined ticket costs about 675,000 IDR (45 USD) for foreign adults and 405,000 IDR (27 USD) for children.

Good to know If you buy a combined ticket, you can save money! But the combined pass cannot be used to visit the Borobudur Temple at sunrise.

Make the most of your experience and  book a tour with GetYourGuide  that includes a climb to the top of Borobudur Temple.

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Borobudur vs Angkor Wat

One of the most frequently asked questions is which should I visit: Borobudur or Angkor Wat?

Angkor Wat is located in Cambodia, and the Borobudur Temple is in Indonesia.

Both places are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Borobudur is the largest Buddhist temple in the world, and Angkor Wat is the largest religious monument in the world.

You can visit the temples of Yogyakarta in 1 day. But you can spend several days exploring the Angkor Wat temple complex.

You can visit two temples of Yogyakarta in one day. But you can spend several days exploring the Angkor Archaeological Park.

In our opinion, both sights are worth a visit, but our favorite was Angkor Wat.

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When did you visit Borobudur Temple? Can you climb up to the top of the temple, if can, are there additional charges?

Anyway, very nice write up, I am going there next week!!

Thanks & Rgds David

Hi! Sorry for the late reply! We are currently traveling in India!

We visited before Covid-19, climbed to the top, and there was no extra charge. But if you have any up-to-date information, we’d love to hear it in the comments!

We hope you enjoyed the Borobudur Temple, have a good trip in Indonesia!

Best regards, Dittus

Hi Dittus & Mate! I thanks for your great information on the Borobudur and a nive travel blog! You mention: “Good to know The Borobudur temple sunrise ticket price is 550.000 IDR (35 USD). The sunrise ticket includes a small gift and a delicious breakfast buffet.” Do you know where I can book the sunrise ticket? Thanks. Br Anne (Norway)

We are happy you liked it! During our visit, we bought our sunrise tickets at the entrance.

Best regards, Dittus and Mate

hi, you mentioned that you brought the sunrise tickets at the entrance. What time could you enter Borobudur? reason is that there is conflicting info and most indicates that you can’t view sunrise from Borobudur and most tours will do the sunrise at Setumbu and then visit Borobudur around 730am/800am. Thanks.

Today, we updated our post about Borobudur Temple. It is currently not possible to watch the sunrise at Borobudur Temple! We bought our sunrise tickets at the Manohara Resort before Covid-19. We could enter before opening time from 4:30 AM.

Enjoy your trip!

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What is the Borobudur Temple, and Why is it Famous?

Borobudur Temple, often hailed as Indonesia’s crown jewel, holds a special place in the world of ancient monuments. Its fame is grounded in its captivating architecture and profound spiritual symbolism.

A Glimpse into History : Borobudur Temple is a testament to Indonesia’s rich cultural heritage. Constructed during the 9th century under the patronage of the Sailendra dynasty, it serves as a colossal Buddhist monument. The temple’s unique design mirrors the path to spiritual enlightenment, with nine stacked platforms symbolizing distinct stages of the spiritual journey. As you ascend these terraces, you’ll encounter over 2,500 intricately carved relief panels and 500 Buddha statues. Each panel tells a story from Buddhist scriptures, making Borobudur a captivating repository of ancient wisdom.

A UNESCO Heritage Site : Borobudur’s historical and artistic significance has earned it a place on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. It’s a symbol of Indonesia’s rich cultural identity and a magnet for travelers seeking a profound connection with history and spirituality.

Where Is Borobudur Temple Located and How to Get There?

Where It Stands : Borobudur Temple graces the landscape near Magelang, in Central Java, Indonesia. It nestles amidst the serene surroundings of the Kedu Plain, surrounded by lush forests and rolling hills.

Journey to Borobudur : Your voyage to Borobudur typically begins in Yogyakarta, a bustling city well-connected by air to major Indonesian hubs like Jakarta and Bali. From Yogyakarta, a scenic one-hour drive takes you to Borobudur. Many travelers opt for organized tours or local drivers to ensure a hassle-free and enjoyable trip.

Best Time to Visit Borobudur Temple

The optimal time to visit Borobudur is during the dry season, which spans from April to October. During this period, you can explore the city’s many temples and historical monuments comfortably, as the weather is warm and sunny. To fully appreciate the temple’s beauty, it’s advisable to visit during daylight hours.

Borobudur can get quite crowded, especially on weekends, as it ranks among Indonesia’s top tourist attractions. To beat the crowds and enjoy the enchanting sunrise view, consider purchasing a “Sunrise at Borobudur” ticket, granting early access to the temple at 4:30 AM. If you’re staying in Yogyakarta, departing for Borobudur by 3:30 AM is recommended. These tickets are available at the reception desk of Manohara Resort , the only place offering early access to Borobudur as it resides on the temple’s grounds.

Should you prefer a guided experience and wish to delve deeper into the area’s history, hiring a local guide is a fantastic option.

Borobudur’s Must-See Highlights

As you explore the temple complex, prepare to be captivated by a wealth of highlights that make Borobudur an enchanting destination:

  • Relief Panels : Over 2,500 relief panels adorn the temple, narrating stories from Buddhist texts. Among these, the “Karmawibhangga” panels stand out, depicting scenes of worldly desires and their consequences.
  • Buddha Statues : Borobudur boasts numerous Buddha statues, each adorned with distinct hand gestures symbolizing different aspects of enlightenment.
  • The Central Stupa : At the summit of Borobudur, you’ll find a grand central stupa, symbolizing ultimate enlightenment. Circling the stupa while making a wish is a common practice among visitors.
  • Sunrise and Sunset Views : Borobudur offers breathtaking sunrise and sunset vistas, with the mist-covered Kedu Plain and the imposing Mount Merapi serving as dramatic backdrops.

Where to Stay at Borobudur Temple

Being Indonesia’s biggest tourist attraction, the Borobudur area offers a wide selection of accommodation for all budgets, and you will have plenty of choices when it comes to finding the right place to stay. You can find a great deal on accommodation by booking ahead with online travel agents or through booking.com

Practical Tips for Visiting Borobudur

  • Plan Ahead : Research Borobudur’s operating hours, ticket prices, and any special events or closures. Check the official website for the most up-to-date information.
  • Sunscreen and Hat : The Indonesian sun can be intense, especially if you plan to visit during sunrise or sunset. Don’t forget to pack sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses to protect yourself from sunburn.
  • Comfortable Footwear : Wear comfortable walking shoes with good grip. You’ll be climbing steep stairs and exploring the temple’s terraces, so sturdy footwear is essential.
  • Stay Hydrated : Bring a refillable water bottle with you to stay hydrated, especially during hot days. There are drinking water stations near the entrance and exit.
  • Photography : If you’re a photography enthusiast, ensure your camera or smartphone is fully charged and has enough storage space. Borobudur’s beauty is worth capturing.
  • Cash : Bring enough Indonesian Rupiah in cash for entrance fees, snacks, and souvenirs. Many places may not accept credit cards.
  • Respect Local Customs : As mentioned earlier, dress modestly and be mindful of the temple’s sacred nature. Keep noise levels down and avoid disruptive behavior.
  • Local Guides : If you’re interested in a more in-depth experience, hire a local guide who can provide insights into the temple’s history and culture.
  • Arrive Early : To enjoy Borobudur in a peaceful atmosphere and catch the sunrise, arrive as early as possible. The temple opens at sunrise, so aim to be there before that time.
  • Bring Snacks : While there are small cafes near Borobudur, it’s a good idea to bring some snacks and water with you, especially if you plan to spend several hours exploring the temple.
  • Weather Consideration : Check the weather forecast for the day of your visit and plan accordingly. Rain can be unpredictable, so carrying a small umbrella or rain poncho might be wise.
  • Respect Religious Practices : If you encounter worshippers or monks during your visit, be respectful of their religious practices and avoid interrupting.
  • Purchase Souvenirs Mindfully : Support local artisans by purchasing souvenirs from the on-site shops, but remember to haggle politely and avoid overpaying.
  • Learn Basic Phrases : While many people in the tourism industry speak English, learning a few basic Indonesian phrases can go a long way in connecting with locals.
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16 Things to Know Before Visiting Borobudur in Indonesia

By: Author Laura

Posted on Published: 7th April 2022  - Last updated: 12th January 2024

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Visiting Indonesia and thinking about adding a Borobudur trip to your itinerary? Here’s all you need to know about visiting Borobudur in Indonesia.

The view from Borobudur in Indonesia with volcano in the background

Borobudur is an enormous Buddhist temple in Java, Indonesia. Its historical significance and beauty resulted in Borobudur being designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1991.

It’s an impressive piece of Javanese Buddhist architecture, with multiple stacked platforms topped with a circular dome.

Although it is now Indonesia’s single most visited tourist attraction, it is first and foremost a shrine to Buddha and therefore a place for Buddhist pilgrimage.

Alongside Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Borobudur is considered to be one of the great archaeological sites in Southeast Asia.

Here’s what you need to know about Borobudur in Indonesia before you visit.

First I’ve shared some facts about Borobudur temple and then there are some practical tips for your Borobudur trip.

Things to Know About Borobudur in Indonesia

It dates back to the 8th century.

Work began on Borobudur during the Shailendra dynasty in the 7th century, with work completed midway through the 8th century AD. That makes it well over 1000 years old!

The ruling family at the time had connections to India, where Buddhism was born, and helped to spread Buddhism throughout Indonesia.

But then…

It was hidden under ash for hundreds of years

Borobudur’s proximity to a number of volcanoes puts it in a precarious position. But it’ll take a lot to bring down this historic structure.

In around the year 1000, only 200 years or so after it was finished, Borobudur was buried under volcanic ash. It remained this way for hundreds of years until it was re-discovered by English lieutenant Thomas Stamford Raffles during the British administration in 1814.

That’s the same guy who is said to have founded modern Singapore.

Borobudur has been restored a number of times since in attempts to preserve this historic site.

It’s the largest Buddhist temple in the world

Borobudur continues to have huge significance today as it is the largest Buddhist temple in the world.

Buddhists still come from all over the world to visit this pilgrim site and walking up through the different platforms is the symbolic journey to enlightenment.

Each of Borobudur’s three main levels each represent a different stage on the way to enlightenment.

The spiritual journey begins at the eastern stairway and continues clockwise around each of the temple’s nine levels before reaching the top.

The walkways are decorated with 2672 relief panels depicting the history of the Buddha and other Buddhist stories.

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There are 72 Buddha statues here

Underneath each stupa (the bell-shaped structure), is a buddha statue. If you peer inside the perforated exterior, you’ll be able to see one.

As you wander around each level, see if you can spot all the different poses that the Buddha statues are in.

There is one stupa that has been left incomplete so that visitors can see what the buddha inside looks like properly.

The Buddhas represent different states of mind

The Buddhas have different arm positions to represent different states of mind.

On the east side, the Buddha statues are in a pose known as the “seal of touching the earth”. They have their left hands laid open on their laps with their right hands resting on their knees, fingers pointed downward.

On the south side, the Buddha statues have their right hands held palm up on their right knees with their left hands open on their laps. This symbolises charity.

On the west side, the Buddha statues have both palms facing upwards, one palm on top of the other. This symbolises meditation.

On the north side, the Buddha statues have raised their right hands with the palms facing forwards and the left hand lies on their lap. This symbolises peace and protection.

Lastly, the Buddha statues on the top platform have their right hand held up with the thumb and finger touching. This symbolises the uninterrupted flow of wisdom and the transmission of the teachings of the Buddha. Of course these Buddhas are all inside the stupas so you’ll have to peer inside the holes to see the different poses!

It’s close to several live volcanoes

Indonesia has around 147 volcanoes in total, 76 of which are still active volcanoes today. Borobudur is located just 25km from Merapi, one of the most active volcanoes in the region.

Borobudur therefore remains at the mercy of the elements even more so than other similar monuments in the world.

As recently as 2010 and 2014, Borobudur has had to shut its doors whilst volcanic ash from nearby eruptions is cleared.

There are some elephants at Borobudur

I was surprised to see a number of elephants on my visit to Borobudur. I later discovered that these are captive elephants that are part of the “attraction” and you can pay to interact with them, or even ride them around the temple.

This practice seems unethical to me and does not really add to the experience of visiting Borobudur at all. The elephants are not marketed as a major thing to do here, I simply stumbled upon by the accident.

I personally would not recommend engaging in this use of elephants as a tourist attraction, Borobudur is more than impressive by itself.

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Practical Tips for Visiting Borobudur

You need 2 hours to see the whole thing.

To explore Borobudur properly, you’ll want to set aside 1.5 to 2 hours to wander around.

It takes at least 20 minutes to walk all the way up to the top but if you want to stop and admire all the carvings along the way, take photos, and (importantly) catch your breath, then you’ll want to set aside a few hours to properly immerse yourself in Borobudur.

If you go early in the morning, it can be very peaceful and you may wish to just sit and admire the surrounding views for a few moments.

To get the most out of your experience, you can hire a private guide who will explain the history to you as you wander around. Find out more about guided tours of Borobudur here.

It’s located around 1 hour from Yogyakarta

Yogyakarta is a must-visit city in Indonesia but not one I hear spoken about very often. If you can stop off here before continuing on to Bali or other Indonesian islands, please do!

It is the only Indonesian royal city still ruled by a monarchy and the centre for Javanese culture.

It’s also the perfect base for exploring some of Indonesia’s greatest sites such as Borobudur and Prambanan .

The Yogyakarta to Borobudur distance is only around 40km so it’ll take around an hour by car to get there. More on how to get to Borobudur below.

There is no shade at Borobudur

Be warned, the beating sun in Indonesia is a force to be reckoned with and there is practically no shade at Borobudur.

There’s no shade at all on the monument itself and as the surrounding areas are vast, you could be walking out in the open sun for long stretches.

Make sure to bring plenty of water, sun cream and a good sun hat.

Check out this post for more travel essentials for women .

Combined tickets with Prambanan are cheaper 

The Borobudur temple entrance fee is 350,000 IDR, which is roughly $25 USD or £20 GBP. However, if you combine your Borobudur trip with a trip to Prambanan, a magnificent Hindu temple in the region, then you can make a saving on the Borobudur tour price.

This is perfect for those travelling in Indonesia on a budget.

The combined Borobudur and Prambanan ticket costs around 630,000 IDR ($45) so you could save around $10 pp compared to buying two separate tickets. However, you do get a little less flexibility as the combined ticket is only valid if you visit both within 48 hours.

I would not recommend visiting both Borobudur and Prambanan in one day. That would be exhausting and they are not particularly close to each other.

I feel the impact of one will also be lessened if you visit these two massive sites in one day. I visited one the day after the other and found that this worked quite well with my Yogyakarta itinerary.

READ MORE: Visiting Ramayana Ballet at Prambanan

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Quite steep with big steps 

Borobudur is not the most accessible attraction with huge steep steps leading you up through the different platforms. This means that it’s not a great place to visit for those with prams or wheelchairs.

You’ll need to climb up through the platforms for 20 minutes or more with lots of really steep steps. It’s quite the leg workout!

If this is a concern for you then I discovered a service called Accessible Indonesia which aims to help those with mobility issues get the most out of their time in Indonesia.

Please note that this is something I discovered through research – I have not read any reviews of the service and have no personal experience with them. However, it may be worth checking out their services if you are concerned about accessibility in Yogyakarta.

Knees and shoulders should be covered 

Borobudur is first and foremost a Buddhist temple and it is therefore you must dress respectfully. It is expected that you cover your shoulders and knees when visiting most temples in Indonesia, and Borobudur is no different.

This dress policy is enforced by staff and if you aren’t wearing appropriate clothing then you will be lent a sarong to wear during your visit.

Large market outside selling souvenirs and lots of food 

Between the temple entrance and the temple itself, there’s a mass of traditional market stalls selling souvenirs and food. You will be positively bombarded with street vendors offering you their wares as you make your way up to the temple.

If you got up very early to get to Borobudur, you can pick up some snacks here later if you’re feeling peckish.

If you’re interested in buying any souvenirs then you should obviously wait until the journey back down to actually make your purchases so you don’t have to carry them up with you when you ascend the temple steps!

You may get asked to take a lot of selfies

Borobudur is a popular destination for Indonesian tourists, as well as foreign tourists. I was surprised that during my visit, my friends and I were asked to be in photos with Indonesia tourists on a number of occassions.

They were perfectly friendly but given the language barrier there wasn’t much of an exchange and I haven’t the foggiest where those photos will end up. It’s funny to think you may end up in an Indonesian family’s holiday picture album!

There are 3 main ways to get to Borobudur

Most people will travel to Borobudur from Yogyakarta, which is accessible by plane from other parts of Indonesia. I flew into Jakarta and then immediately transferred to Yogyakarta, which took just over an hour by plane.

You can then easily travel from Yogyakarta to Borobudur temple by taxi or bus as the distance from Yogyakarta to Borobudur is only about 40km.

Private taxi 

It’s very easy to book private taxis in Indonesia and this is mainly how my group of friends got around. Whilst this may seem like it would be something very costly, sharing a private taxi between three was not that expensive when converted back into USD/GBP!

I’d highly, highly recommend booking private taxis to get around as it gives you so much flexibility with your day and your local driver may well give you lots of useful tips on the way.

Tourist companies offering this service are very easy to find and are usually on the main streets in touristy areas or you can ask your accommodation for advice.

As day trips to places like Borobudur are really common, private taxi companies are likely to offer packages for this trip, but you can be flexible on start times and they’ll take you right to the Borobudur entrance.

FYI, the price of the taxi probably won’t include the Borobudur ticket price.

It’s best to leave early to beat the crowds and maybe even catch the sunrise (the best time to visit Borobudur)!

Find out more about booking a private taxi to get from Yogyakarta to Borobudur here.

Group bus 

You can also a group Borobudur tour from Yogyakarta where you’ll be picked up from your hotel and have the day planned for you. These trips often involve stops at other villages or monuments and a restaurant pit stop may be included.

You’ll have less flexibility compared to taking a private taxi and will probably waste time waiting for the whole group at various points throughout the day. You therefore may not be able to spend as much time as you want in each place.

However, it will be slightly cheaper than the private taxi option.

You can usually buy these Borobudur tours from travel agencies dotted around Yogyakarta or search on GetYourGuide if you want to book in advance with free cancellation.

Public transport 

To save even more money, you can take public transport and get the Yogyakarta to Borobudur bus. The Trans Jogja network runs fairly regularly and you can get the Trans Jogja 2B bus to the Jombor Bus Terminal. There, you’ll need to wait for the Candi Borobudur bus.

The costs of taking the public bus are more like 35,000 IDR total (~$2.5 / £1.85), compared to 300,000 IDR (~$20 / £16) for a private taxi.

My understanding is that the journey isn’t hard to navigate but that this route is mostly only taken by locals.

If you are a Westerner you may find yourself asked a lot of questions or asked to take a lot of photos! I was asked to be in photos numerous times when climbing Borobudur.

Borobudur is a must-visit site in Indonesia so definitely make some time in your itinerary to visit this impressive Buddhist monument!

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The world’s largest Buddhist monument draws pilgrims from around Southeast Asia to a remote hilltop in central Java.

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Location : Indonesia

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Reason : Borobudur is the world’s largest Buddhist monument and a priceless ancient center for pilgrimage and education in Mahayana Buddhism.

The world’s largest Buddhist monument draws pilgrims from around Southeast Asia to a remote hilltop in central Java, surrounded by lush green vegetation and ringed by volcanoes—one of which remains active.

Some 1,200 years ago builders carted two million stones from local rivers and streams and fit them tightly together without the aid of mortar to create a 95-foot-high (29-meter-high) step pyramid. More than 500 Buddha statues are perched around the temple. Its lower terraces include a balustrade that blocks out views of the outside world and replaces them with nearly 3,000 bas-relief sculptures illustrating the life and teachings of the Buddha. Together they make up the greatest assemblage of such Buddhist sculpture in the world.

Climbing Borobudur is a pilgrimage in itself, meant to be experienced physically and spiritually according to the tenets of Mahayana Buddhism. As the faithful climb upward from level to level, they are guided by the stories and wisdom of the bas-reliefs from one symbolic plane of consciousness to the next, higher level on the journey to enlightenment.

Borobudur was constructed in the eight and ninth centuries during the golden era of the Sailendra dynasty, which held sway on Java and neighboring Sumatra. This ruling clan came from South India or Indochina and helped to establish Java as a center of Buddhist scholarship and worship.

The magnificent site drew pilgrims for hundreds of years—Chinese coins and ceramics found there suggest that the practice continued until the 15th century. (In fact it has been revived today.)

But Borobudur was mysteriously abandoned by the 1500s, when the center of Javan life shifted to the East and Islam arrived on the island in the 13th and 14th centuries. Eruptions deposited volcanic ash on the site and the lush vegetation of Java took root on the largely forgotten site.

In the early 19th century Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, British governor of Java, heard of the site and took an interest in having it excavated. While this process revealed Borobudur’s treasures it also triggered a process of decay by exposing them to the elements. Villagers liberated stones for building materials, and collectors removed Buddha heads and other treasures for private and public collections around the world.

Fortunately, the decline of Borobudur was arrested by tighter regulations and one of the most ambitious international preservation projects ever attempted. The “Save Borobudur” campaign was launched in 1968 through the government of Indonesia and UNESCO.

The massive monument’s lower terraces were dismantled and their priceless relief panels were cleaned and treated against weathering. During this process an extensive drainage system was put in place to prevent the erosion that had taken such a toll on the temple. Over eight years a million stones were removed and later reassembled.

The result is that Borobudur remains today what it was 1,200 years ago—a unique treasure to rival any site in Southeast Asia.

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Borobudur is about 25 miles (40 kilometers) from Yogyakarta, where many day-trip tours can be booked. Those wishing to visit independently, or stay in Borobudur village outside the park entrance, can travel to the site by bus or taxi.

When to Visit

Though Borobudur teaches Buddhists to look inward, there are fantastic views from the temple over green fields and trees to distant hills and volcanoes—including active Merapi. Sunrise and sunset are particularly special times to be at the site. Weekends tend to be especially crowded.

How to Visit

Borobudur was designed to be climbed, and visitors able to follow the path of enlightenment to the top can experience the site as pilgrims did a thousand years ago. It’s well worth hiring a guide to explain the significance of statuary and the incredible bas-relief scenes along the way.

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    Experience a majestic sunrise at Borobudur Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site and symbol of Indonesia's cultural heritage. Explore the temple's grandeur and history on our Borobudur Sunrise Tour. Book your trip today and witness the beauty and spirituality of this awe-inspiring monument.

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    However, while we were at the temple, we also came across groups whose guides spoke Spanish, Italian, and French. If you want to join a tour in a language other than English, we recommend contacting Borobudur Customer Service via WhatsApp: +62 811 1058 8333. Private tours are also available - at (an additional) IDR30,000 per person.

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    S$ 26.20S$ 30.40. Select options. "FULL ACCESS to Borobudur Temple Peak AVAILABLE with upgrade". Explore Borobudur and Prambanan Temple in one day to see two of Yogyakarta's finest sightseeing destinations! Explore the Borobudur Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, built in the 9th century.

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    How to Visit Borobudur: Logistics. The site is open to the public from 6am to 5pm daily. Ticket are $25 USD per person while a combined ticket for Borobudur as well as the Prambanan temples will cost $40 USD per person, however, it doesn't apply to sunrise tickets. There is also a daily Borobudur Sunrise Tour for $35 USD.

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    Borobudur Temple is easy to reach from Yogyakarta, which is the nearest major city at a distance of 40 kilometres. You can rent a taxi/private care for a day or take a private guided tour from Yogyakarta to explore Borobudur Temple. Yogyakarta also has an international airport called Adisucipto International Airport, where you can fly directly.

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    From Yogyakarta to Borobudur Temple. The distance between Yogyakarta and Borobudur Temple is only 40 km, and the journey takes 1-1.5 hours, depending on traffic. The best way to visit Borobudur Temple is to take a day trip from Yogyakarta to Borobudur and Prambanan temples. TIP.

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    Journey to Borobudur: Your voyage to Borobudur typically begins in Yogyakarta, a bustling city well-connected by air to major Indonesian hubs like Jakarta and Bali. From Yogyakarta, a scenic one-hour drive takes you to Borobudur. Many travelers opt for organized tours or local drivers to ensure a hassle-free and enjoyable trip.

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    The Borobudur temple entrance fee is 350,000 IDR, which is roughly $25 USD or £20 GBP. However, if you combine your Borobudur trip with a trip to Prambanan, a magnificent Hindu temple in the region, then you can make a saving on the Borobudur tour price. This is perfect for those travelling in Indonesia on a budget.

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