Borobudur, the temple on the hill
by Atefeh Mohib
Borobudur (Barabudur) is one of the greatest Buddhist temples in the world and UNESCO listed it as a World Heritage Site. exactly, a peaceful place, with a panoramic view of hills and jungle, and awesome monument. just as Buddhists selected this place to build this huge temple in the 9th century (more than 1000 years ago); you will like to travel there.
Do you like to know more about this famous traveler destination which listed as top 10 must be visited in Indonesia? Borobudur temple (Indonesia: Candi Borobudur ) was designed base on mandala pattern and has three levels, the symbol of Buddhist cosmology (desire, form and formlessness world) and all outstanding reliefs show us the path of this journey by stone media. actually, visiting the Borobudur temple is an interesting and outdoor class about Buddhist. are you desire to visit this temple?
How to get Borobudur temple?
Borobudur is located in Magelang city in central Java island, Indonesia. the temple is in the middle of a village called the same name. You can get a flight ticket to one of the big cities close Borobudur (I suggest Yogyakarta). the easy way to temple is to join Borobudur and Prambanan tour and enjoy your trip. but if you like to travel on yourself, you can use online transportation app to take a taxi or go to terminals (for example Jombor terminal) to take a bus, and the cheapest and a little difficult way is to rent a motorbike and ride to the village.
how to get Borobudur temple? Borobudur is located in Magelang city in central Java island, Indonesia. the temple is in the middle of a village called the same name. You can get a flight ticket to one of the big cities close Borobudur (I suggest Yogyakarta). the easy way to temple is to join Borobudur and Prambanan tour and enjoy your trip. but if you like to travel on yourself, you can use online transportation app to take a taxi or go to terminals (for example Jombor terminal) to take a bus, and the cheapest and a little difficult way is to rent a motorbike and ride to the village.
How many hours do you need to visit Borobudur?
The temple is within a great park. The archaeological park contains the temple, the restaurant, the coffee shop, two museums, and amazing streets. I suggest starting your trip in the early morning because it will be crowded after 8 am when many student-travelers enter to temple. Also, they like to take pictures with travelers and practice speak English by explaining about temple.it is wonderful to communicate with them. if you want to visit the temple in early morning notice that the price of the ticket and the gate to enter for sunrise (before 6 am) and sunset is different and more expensive and for sunrise, you should stay in Borobudur village from last night. but it will be an unforgettable experience for you. you will be relaxed on top of the calm temple and enjoy the beautiful view.
if you look at down maybe you like to visit other parts of the temple and amazing reliefs. a tour leader or local person can tell you the stories of them. also, you can visit museums and get wonderful information about the Borobudur.one of the museum is especially about ship travel. I am sure you enjoy to visit these museums and you will know more about people who travel on the ocean without GPS, radar, and the internet. they just followed the wind, exactly different from the modern following! do you like to follow wind that goes around the temple?
How to go around the park?
It is up to you and the weather. if you enjoy walking, there are pretty ways for it and you can watch plants and trees on both sides of the roads. do you like biking? just rent a bicycle and enjoy it. I have a great option for who one can’t or don’t like do an activity. you can take the slow bus around the park. and finally, the most awesome way is exploring the village by elephant back safari! all of these activities are different experiences in sunny or rainy days. but I am sure you will have a special journey in Borobudur.
if you need take a rest or eat food you can go to the restaurant and coffee shop. the prices are reasonable and you can order delicious foods.
How can you buy souvenirs?
Many sellers are in the park. also, you can buy various souvenirs at the traditional store in the village. stone miniature temple, little magnets, card-postal, batik mask, and bronze elephant are good symbols to remember your trip and great gifts for your family and friends. you remember the elephant and red color are the symbols of lucky. The trip is still not finished! I suggest staying in the village. because there are two other temples in the village too. there is a mystery between these temples that have not discovered. you should visit them before leaving Borobudur village. also, you can hike or rent a jeep to visit hills and amazing roads that pass the mountains.
Where can you stay?
You can go to Magelang city or stay in the village. this village is prepared for travelers and tourists. you can stay in many different places: hotels, villa-resorts, little homestays, and traditional homestays. you can reserve the room online as a piece of cake, with reasonable price.
Is any special event in Borobudur temple?
Yes. actually, you can take part in many kinds of events about art, culture, religion or just for fun. you can watch traditional or modern theater and traditional dances in front of the temple that especially at night is amazing or you can join morning meditation or yoga. one of the good events is Borobudur writers event. if you like a fun festival you can enjoy walking Jogja festival with your family and friends. another especially event is Waisak day.in this day Buddhists throughout Indonesia and maybe world come to Borobudur and celebrate Buddha’s birthday. they walk from Pawon and Mendut temples to Borobudur. they bring lights, candles, and lanterns that finally will be free in the night sky. they also meditate together. this is a great time to visit the temple almost in May.
Finally, The most important event in Borobudur happens every day! when the sun as a red globe touches the mountains. the sky becomes red and orange. also, a little cloudy. wind moves around the temple and touches your skin. so you can find out why Buddhists meditate here more than 1000 years. Borobudur is the peace on the hill and in our heart.