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Borobudur Travel Blog› entry 12 of 24 › view all entries
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.
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.