Borobudur, a UNESCO World Heritage Site is a 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist Temple in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. The monument consists of six square platforms topped by three circular platforms, and is decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues. A main dome, located at the center of the top platform, is surrounded by 72 Buddha statues seated inside a perforated stupa. The monument's three divisions architecture symbolize the three "realms" of Buddhist cosmology, namely Kamadhatu (the world of desires), Rupadhatu (the world of forms), and finally Arupadhatu (the formless world). Constructed on a bedrock hill, its passages are designed to encircle the edifice, which allows monks to walk around it in silent, meditative prayer. For further reading, do find our friend Wiki :)
|Entrance tickets and the sarong. Flashlight also included :)|
The other end of the spending option for tours is getting a private English speaking tour guide, and a driver for the entire trip. That means, flexible timing on your part. Of course, the pricing again differs from a hefty 500,000 rupiahs to 1,000,000 rupiahs per person, depending on how you want to mix and match your tour needs.
We opted for a tour via online, since I preferred getting all the tours in place and order before the actual tour. The trip started at an ungodly hour of 4am, with the tour guide, Pak Irwan arriving at the hotel to pick us up. Driving in the dark, and navigating the roads here I would say requires experience and unless you’re a local, or with a local, you’re better off driving when it’s slightly brighter in the day. It took us about an hour to arrive at Magelang from Yogyakarta central, where we signed up at Manohara Hotel and given an entry ticket, torch light and sarung each. The sarung was meant to put on as a sign of respect to the temple.
Before leaving to our next location, we were treated with a complimentary light breakfast by Manohara itself. Nothing fancy, just a light bite to freshen us a bit. And oh, there’s actually Wi-Fi at the cafe, though don’t expect High Speed Broadband alright?
Before heading to Prambanan, we made stops to another two other Buddhist candi around Borobudur’s vicinity, namely Pawon and Mendut. Pawon, is said to served to purify the mind prior to ascending Borobudur. The exact reason of the construction of this candi remains speculative. The slightly larger candi than Pawon, Candi Mendut is alligned with Pawon and Borobudur.
|Stairs of Borobudur|
|Inside Candi Mendut|