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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  • August 18, 2017
    Best time is to start to climb around 4 am which you will be able to see the sunrise over the Marapi mountain. Place is very ancient and better to get the assistance of an tour guide if you need to kn...  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    Borobudur is a unesco world heritage site and a symbol of Indonesia is no coincidence. Shame about the Indonesians that wherever you move, trying to sell you anything! Organised before the visit at dawn that it truly deserves. Tickets must be purchased at a nearby hotel on the previous day! Check the weather if not you risk waking up at 3 and see many beautiful clouds! (As it happened to me!)
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  • August 18, 2017
    To be honest, it is underwhelming compared to other temple sites such as Angkor Wat. But still it is a great place to visit and enjoy. For sunrise, you could visit an alternative place called Punthuk ...  more »
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  • September 5, 2017
    A must-see UNESCO site in Indonesia. Once you get past the persistent hawkers, it's a beautiful walk through a nature reserve to see the Buddhist temple. You have several options for a tour. There's a 4:30am sunrise tour and also a sunset tour. Both are a little more expensive than general admission, but all prices are around 25 USD for foreigners. There are two small museums on the site, but I found them unremarkable. However, there's a nature preserve about one mile (depending on your route) from the temple, and you can see elephants playing. If you want to see the offices within the nature preserve, you'll need to make an appointment--they're not used to anyone wanting to visit their offices. (September 2017)
  • September 5, 2017
    This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a fascinating piece of history. If you're a foreigner, be prepared to pay around $25 USD. I suggest you hire a tour guide for one hour for 100,000 rupiah (about $7.50). Be prepared for the vendors: if you show interest, they will follow you "to the ends of the earth" (but not inside the site). Be a good negotiator and don't overpay (too much). Offer 25% of what's asked and settle for 33-40% Remember to smile; it's part of the experience!
  • August 15, 2017
    An amazing site. A must, if venturing across Central Java. Facilities there are good, although not as to be expected at major attractions say, on Bali. Of course depending on the time of year, be prepared for very little shade around the main site. Hats and long sleeves essential.
  • August 7, 2017
    Horrendous entry fee £15, and they force you to walk out via a market in the hope to buy some of their wares. Really not worth the entrance fee but lovely views on a clear day and good pics can be taken. I just found it really boring.
  • July 18, 2017
    Beautiful temple with an impressive story. They charge tourists much much more then the locals. Still it's really stunning to see. Don't forget to walk down in layer s, as there is beautiful architecture hidden everywhere!

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