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Borobudur Temple = Candi Borobudur

BOROBUDUR AND PRAMBANAN TEMPLES

Borobudur is the largest Buddhist temple on earth and is one of the wonders of the world (was one of the 7 wonders but I was told it WAS dropped from that distinction) . The other temple Prambanan is a large Hindu temple that was damaged from a large earthquake.

 I would advise going to the temples during the weekday as they are very crowded on weekends with locals, very very crowded. And possibly go when its closer to sunrise or sunset, as it's very hot during the day. Have patience as there are many people trying to sell you stuff, ignore them completely if not interested as they are very persistant (very much at Borobudur, I found Prambanan to be very mellow for this comparitively).

this group was great, they sung happy birthday to Asri - the same ones i practiced english with

You can find people selling water as well if you need it, often they might carry in black plastic bags.  There is a really old guy selling big hats at Borobudur , if you have a big head he has 2 different sizes. He is persistant but nice and is so greatful if you buy a hat. He asked USD 5 to start, I think i paid USD 3 for one (2 for USD 5 maybe) it ended up being used on the rest of the trip so well worth it.  Kind of cool/cheap souvenier that was useful and it semed to help the seller. :) I also bought a small heavy rock carving of the Buddhist elephant guy :) (yes i know he has a name...lol) (oh Asri informs me he is called Ganesha) and I bought a set of wooden puppets for IDR 70,000 with bases and a blow dart gun for IDR 50,000.

At Prambanan you can rent umbrellas  to help with the heat.

There is a nice little cafe to eat or get some tea as well.

Helpful note: right now the exchange rate is about IDR 9000 for USD 1, so IDR 50,000 = USD 5.50 or close to that.

The night before as we were walking around the Malioboro side streets by the Ibis Hotel we found a tour guide and registered for a full day tour for the next day for only IDR. 200,000 total - (around USD 11) per person (minimum 2 persons per tour), with a good car (Toyota Avanza) and all included (driver, gasoline, parking tickets, etc). The tour started at 7.30, the driver waited for us at the lobby of our hotel, we went to Borobudur, Kaliurang and Prambanan. He dropped us back off at the lobby in the early evening.

dyron_888 says:
cant wait to see!
Posted on: Oct 19, 2011
dlacksheep says:
Great pics there Shane!
Posted on: Jun 19, 2009
highway_chile says:
Some great pictures !!
Posted on: Nov 29, 2008
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Borobudur Temple = Candi Borobudur
Borobudur Temple = Candi Borobudur
this group was great, they sung ha…
this group was great, they sung h…
walking to the Borobudur temple
walking to the Borobudur temple
some school girls
some school girls
View from the temple
View from the temple
the kids wanted photos with bule …
the kids wanted photos with "bule…
school girls
school girls
this site is not meant for people …
this site is not meant for people…
i took many school pics with kids …
i took many school pics with kids…
school kids practicing there engli…
school kids practicing there engl…
making silver jewelry or pieces fo…
making silver jewelry or pieces f…
pure sterling silver folks
pure sterling silver folks
Kaliurang: a view from the tower
Kaliurang: a view from the tower
small building for prayer
small building for prayer
Tower to climb to see around, dona…
Tower to climb to see around, don…
getting to the Hindu Temple (Candi…
getting to the Hindu Temple (Cand…
Huge park around the Temple
Huge park around the Temple
talking about the earthquake
talking about the earthquake
before earthquake
before earthquake
after
after
Es Teh = Ice Tea
Es Teh = Ice Tea
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photo by: siscalustiawati