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Borobudur Temple, Borobudur

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A World Heritage Site and the largest Buddhist shrine in the world, Borobudur Temple features nine stacked, six square, and three circular platforms, crowned by an impressive central dome. Erected in the 9th century from over two million stone blocks, this temple features over 2,600 relief panels and more than 500 Buddha statues. The central dome alone contains 72 Buddha figures arranged around a stupa, a mound-like structure designed as a place of prayer and meditation. Begin your tour at the eastern entrance and proceed clockwise, a traditional way to move inside Buddhist monuments. Admission into the shrine also allows you to enter the nearby archeological museum, displaying thousands of photographs and carvings. To visit Borobudur Temple on your holiday in Borobudur, and find out what else Borobudur has to offer, use our Borobudur vacation builder.
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  • A dream place. Retracing 7 levels to get to Nirvana reading the history on the bas-reliefs is mystical. Only problem on overcrowding that really limits the movements
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  • Great temple and Nice views. A must see in Java. I liked Prembanan a bit more because to me that was a bit more impressive, but stil one a the best historical sites of Java! Good tip: Visit the chicke...  more »
  • A fabulous setting, the emotions are very strong inside this unique place, c is really impressive, the view is amazing... We had found a uber driver who agreed to take us from yogyakarta, we expect Borobudur (almost 2 hours) and then take us to Prambanan, (allow 1 hour trip) to wait again then back to Yogyakarta, for rp 600 000. The price was a bit excessive knowing that on uber trip Borobudur Yogyakarta is 200,000 to 1: 30 road, but Prambadan Yogyakarta is only 30 minutes drive away so it wasn't again worth 200,000 but at 4 in the morning we did not always clear to negotiate ideas! That said our driver Jon, was super friendly and explained lots of things about the place during the trip! A great guy! In short no regrets for this fabulous visit!
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  • Very beautiful place. The best time to go here is around sunrise time. If you are going by public transport, I advise you to come back to the bus stop before 6 PM. Last time I was here, I had to catch the bus on the street because we missed the last bus and finally found one around 9 PM.
  • So amazing and very well preserved. Try to stay at guest house here called Manohara, you'll definitely not regret that. Please, be very extra careful with touching stuffs which offered by the souvenirs sellers, you might broke it. It will be much better to just see the stuffs from a far. And the sellers will remember your face, so even if you say no to them before the entrance gate, they will come back to you nearby the exit gate.
  • A truly amazing experience, stepping back in time. The area is well protected and preserved. The temple is beautiful and totally worth visiting. I'd recommend going there for sunrise. It's truly magical. Can walk around the area and the ground and learn more about its incredible history
  • This is an amazing monument. The downside is the high volume of tourists that visit this place, it ruined the experience for me, but still it was amazing to see it and learn more about it. You can hire a guide for additional 100K/hour. Try to visit Borobudur early in the morning when the number of visitors is not as high.
  • If you want to dodge the crowds, book a night in the hotel on the temple territory and go for "see the sunrise" tour. You'll have it to yourself and very few European tourists long enough to really enjoy it and appreciate all the beauty. It's a bit pricey, all right, but well worth the money.

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