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Borobudur from the front gate

We went to this temple (Borobudur) several times, but this is the first time we took it seriously, I mean...taking guides and stuff, so we can really hear the right explanation on history. The temple is 1 hour by car from Yogyakarta. We took a bus (being cheap) from a bus station nearby Malioboro, the shopping street in Yogyakarta.

From the last bust stop, we walk to the temple (it's very close...10 minutes walk). A lot of people offering motorbikes for 2 dollar. Then we must go into separate ways, because my husband being foreigner in Indonesia needs to pay "the skin tax" and buy more expensive entrance ticket of 11 USD, compared to me who only paid 1 USD.

The place is good, because they actually made rule for seller not to enter temple territory.

People climbing up
They sell things on the parking area and also on the entrance door, plus the shopping market nearby, but not in the temple itself. The temple has 7 level (as Buddha take number 7 as something holly), and on the top there is this big stupa which if you can manage to touch the scrotch of the statue inside from the front, you will be lucky. There are 2 ways on knowing the history. First by walking clockwise, where you will be able to follow the picture on the rock on your right hand side. The second is by walking anti clockwise and follow the picture on your right hand side. The first stories is called Ramayana, and the second called Mahabarata, a sanscrete based history from India. There is also a museum nearby, which basically take shot of each carving, and give explanation below it. You can see the museum if you don't have guide.
One of the corner

From the temple, we went to nearby temple (because the ticket is included, all in one). The next temple is bit far, we need to take the motorbike taxi or the horse cart and it was a place to burn dead bodies (crematory) long time ago. Then from there we went to the gate of the temple called Mendut Temple (Candi Mendut), with big trees on its surrounding. We also went to a Buddhist monastery beside the gate, and see some nice statue (we love the guard statue called Gupala).

We went back with another bus, and actually the driver was the same as our first bus. And he asked us nicely, what did we see and buy. And my husband said, he wanted to buy the temple if he could.

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Borobudur from the front gate
Borobudur from the front gate
People climbing up
People climbing up
One of the corner
One of the corner
several statues inside a small cave
several statues inside a small cave
My husband trying his luck (no che…
My husband trying his luck (no ch…
Carving on the side of the temple
Carving on the side of the temple
roof of the crematory
roof of the crematory
Candi Mendut (Mendut Temple)
Candi Mendut (Mendut Temple)
the Buddha inside Mendut Temple
the Buddha inside Mendut Temple
The tree on the side of Candi Mend…
The tree on the side of Candi Men…
My husband with Gupala (the guard …
My husband with Gupala (the guard…
Monastery
Monastery
Borobudur
photo by: jbwasatch