"The Borobudur Temple"

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"The Borobudur Temple" Central Java Reviews

The-Jellyfish The-Jell…
5 reviews
Go on your own, no need for tours Jan 21, 2015
Do not fall into any tour operator or package. The most common and most expensive is the sunrise at Borobudur Temple. From others' observations, I have been told that there was nothing very special about spending sunrise time over there. In fact, people say it was very crowded. The beauty of photo shooting there is when there are no people in the background.

For me, I rented a scooter with a friend from the hostel at 11 a.m. from a nearby shop. We negotiated the price till we got the best one. We drove alone to the temple which was relatively far away from the center of Yogyakarta (Jogjakarta), however, the trip gave us a better look into the city, daily life, districts, people and traffic. We also stooped few times for some cold, cheap, fresh and delicious mango juice :)

When we arrived, we had to park our motorbike somewhere close to the entrance. We had to pay some money for the parking lot, but then the parking guard -sort of- looked after and watched our motorbike which made us feel comfortable about the rented motorbike and our helmets.

At the entrance, you may get a discount if you have a valid university card. People at service are very nice and decent. They serve you water or tea for free with the entrance ticket. There is no need to take a tour guide. If interested, you may read about the temple on the Internet beforehand or visit a museum adjacent to the temple which tells the history of excavation.

Most probably, the locals visiting the temple will ask for a photo with you if you're not Asian. They are very kind and humble but you may be stuck for few minutes taking photos especially if there is a school tour.

After you leave the temple, there are hundreds of souvenir shops and cafes so you may spend some time there but sellers are so nagging to sell you anything. It is also quite sad as the sellers are very poor so if you are willing to spend some cash for things you don't need, then please do and consider it charity!
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ko2678 ko2678
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The Largest Buddhist Temple in the world Jul 17, 2013
Everybody has heard of Machu Pichu,Angor Wat, Routa Maya,The Palace of Knossus,and even el Jem in Tunisia,and having marvelled at these places,and more,I had not heard of Borobudur until this year,when my Indonesian travel partner suggested we visit.

What a magnificent sight!

The largest Buddhist Temple in the world was completed around 850AD,and soars towards the sky.

The Stupas on top look small from the base of the Temple until you reach the top and stand beside them,and they circle a central Stupa.

Apparently it was forgotten until 1815,when work was started at clearing and restoring the Temple,and this was undertaken by the British,and then the Dutch.

The site was declared a World Heritage site in 1991.

There is another small temple around 4klms from Borobudur.This is the Mendut Temple,and houses an unusual Buddha sitting with his feet on the ground.

The Manohara Hotel is highly recommended,and is within the Temple grounds.
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Wisnu-Jogja Wisnu-Jo…
7 reviews
"The Borobudur Temple" Sep 10, 2011
From the plain of Kedu, 42 km north west of Jogja, a small hills rises up out of a pattern of palm trees and rice fields. It’s topped by one of the greatest Buddhist relics of South-Asia up there with Cambodia’s Angkor Wat and Burma’s Pagan-and its ranks as one of Indonesia’s most famous attractions. Rules of the Sailendra dynasty built the colossal pyramid of Borobudur sometimes between 750 an 850 AD. Very little else is known about Borobudur history but the Sailendra must have recruited a huge workforce, for some 60,000 cubic meters of stone had to be hewn , transported and carved during construction of Borobudur.
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Wisnu-Jogja Wisnu-Jo…
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"The Borobudur Temple" Jun 14, 2011
From the plain of Kedu, 42 km north west of Jogja, a small hills rises up out of a pattern of palm trees and rice fields. It’s topped by one of the greatest Buddhist relics of South-Asia up there with Cambodia’s Angkor Wat and Burma’s Pagan-and its ranks as one of Indonesia’s most famous attractions. Rules of the Sailendra dynasty built the colossal pyramid of Borobudur sometimes between 750 an 850 AD. Very little else is known about Borobudur history but the Sailendra must have recruited a huge workforce, for some 60,000 cubic meters of stone had to be hewn , transported and carved during construction of Borobudur.
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