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Borobudur Temple
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Owner description: Borobudur Temple Compounds This famous Buddhist temple, dating from the 8th and 9th centuries, is located in central Java. It was built in three tiers: a pyramidal base with five concentric square terraces, the trunk of a cone with three circular platforms and, at the top, a monumental stupa. The walls and balustrades are decorated with fine low reliefs, covering a total surface area of 2,500 m2. Around the circular platforms are 72 openwork stupas, each containing a statue of the Buddha. The monument was restored with UNESCO's help in the 1970s.
Reviewed September 2, 2013

Its worth seeing, its impressive, but there is more to it than what its marketed for..that being a complex temple. Its history is the real reason that you go and when you then find out that the Likes of Raffles and Cornelius have walked its walls and stayed in the area that somehow makes it all the more special.

My advice would be to take a guide too. The guides are good and most of them come from the village that used to sit just near the temple complex. They know its history, they know all the quirky stuff that you don't and its worth the money.

Thank Keith H
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

This temple itself is nice, ok, but does the journey to get there worth? This means flying and staying in Yogyakarta 36-48 hrs just for visiting this temple and Prembanan, with 3 hours drive each, is definitely worthless.
Go there only if you're a buddhist-temple fan, otherwise you can avoid with no regrets and spend more time anywhere else!

Thank ventofreddo
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Reviewed September 1, 2013

Borobudur is impressive!

First, the location is so isolated, in the middle of a lonely tree-filled valley with hills on several sides. Second, although just one temple, unlike Cambodia's Siem Reap which has Angkor Thom, Ta Phrom, and Angkor Wat, the temple is indeed a work of art. It's really made up of two sections - the lower section contains all the thousand or so wall reliefs - and the figures are remarkably more detailed than those at Angkor - that supposedly "schooled" the monks and regular devotees in the life and times of Siddharta-Gautama Buddha (no one read or wrote back then so it had to be pictures or reliefs) as well as on the way to enlightenment. While the upper section contained the four tiers of stupas - 32 in a ring at the lowest level, 24 in the higher level, 16 in the second to the highest, and the grand stupa at the highest level. And each of those stupas (shaped like bells) hid a buddha statue inside, with the government kind enough to open two of them to the public so that you knew exactly what were in the other stupas.

The Borobudur temple is very well maintained, with trash cans everywhere and tourist police ensuring that planned or accidental vandalism as well as horse play was eliminated.

If you can avoid the weekend, that would be great since the locals do check out the place on weekends. Fee for international visitors is quite high relative to locals - we paid Rp 190 per - but you do get a sarong to put on and you can have water, tea or coffee before and after the visit. Do hire a local guide - they're easily available in the international visitors' lounge for only Rp75 - because they do reveal a bit more than what the guide books tell you, especially how to interpret some of the reliefs.

We left Jogja at 9:15 am and left Borobudur at 1 pm - so do plan on spending four hours.

2  Thank JGR001
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Reviewed August 30, 2013

Known as 'new' 7 world wonder. World heritage by Unesco. Located in Borobudur village, city of Magelang. 40 km south of Yogjakarta. Easy access from yogjakarta, due to many travel agent arrange the trip to this temple within affordable budget, from the airport, train station, or bus terminal. Must-see tourist attraction in Indonesia. Tips: just visite at morning or evening, to avoid hot weather and always bring a bottle mineral water-bring a umbrella coz the weather sometimes suddenly changed- just say 'no, thanks' to many hand-seller or photographer with polite, they dont bother you again- rent an official guide in front of ticket guide, to maximize your experience and had adequate information about this temple, they cost you only 10us$ for a group. Last, take many pictures as many as you can!

Thank Luken M
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Reviewed August 27, 2013

An awesome ancient sacred city to visit with fantastic views of Mount Merapi and surrounding mountains
I went during the day and was very hot up there
I will visit again soon and this time i will visit when it get dark for the illumation lights

Thank Cardassia-Prime
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