I went there in the morning and the view was quite moving. You can feel beauty of Buddhism. Unfortunately I couldn't join the sunrise tour as I arrived so late in the night before.More
I went there in the morning and the view was quite moving. You can feel beauty of Buddhism. Unfortunately I couldn't join the sunrise tour as I arrived so late in the night before.MoreShow less
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Horrible horrible horrible - no need for elephants to be here full stop let alone be chained and held as tourist attraction! do not visit it is not worth adding to the tourism money here when it's being used in such a cruel way. Avoid at all costs - go to other nearby beautiful and ethical temples instead where there are no animals like Sambisari or Plaosan (both MUCH cheaper in costs and absolutely stunning and quiet)
Once in your life (at least) one should visit this place. Very early in the morning took the sunrise entrance of the temple location where you can find your way to the temple in the dark. The sunrise ticket includes a torch, which is necessary to find the path.
You should come here early to find a good spot to see the sunrise, especially when you want to try to make good photography. Why? Because you will not be alone. Especially the girls in red/yellow/green/white dresses with silly straw hats will demand much space for their instagram photography. This phenomenon becomes to be a real plague at this type of cultural locations!
Anyway, the Borobudur is still a sacred temple location. From that point of view, in combination with the sunrise it is a real magical experience!
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We got to the temple site for 6am as it opened and it was the right choice - it was calm and peaceful with the sun rising and clearing the morning mist. We felt so lucky to really enjoy it before the huge crowds arrived and I would really recommend it. Stunning structure with so many interesting carvings. Do bother to go up the hill opposite to see the temple framed by the mountains - no one else seemed to bother but it was an amazing view!
One huge negative - the chained elephants that have been mentioned seem to live in appalling conditions and I am seriously unhappy that my ticket price contributes to that cruelty. Not good enough!
This is a really stunning temple - we spent about 2.5 hours visiting. There are many levels, each with different relief sculptures, worth very careful scrutiny, and great views of the countryside. We did the sunset thing arranged by our hotel, arriving at the temple before 5 am. After climbing with flashlights with the crowd to the top, we spent about an hour jostling with others peering towards horizon, everyone taking selfies. Good views and sights only emerged around 6 am, which we could have been there for even if we had bought a regular entry ticket instead. The "free" breakfast after the temple was not very interesting and was redundant since breakie was waiting for us back at our hotel.
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We visited the temple at sunrise, walking back to the cafe for breakfast we walked past chained elephants! They were hanging their heads and clearly disturbed. Their life is appalling. If I’d have known, I would not have visited at all. You visit the temple for the temple not chained elephants!! It was so upsetting to see. I looked for a petition to sign online , there was one which was closed as they had managed to secure ‘better’ conditions for the elephants ie they no longer use a hook, they are not used for rides, apparently no longer chained, which is not true!
GET WITH THE TIMES!!, this is not what the visitors want to see, look after these beautiful creatures, they do not need to be on display!