Best Activities in Indonesia

2. Dawn at Borobudurborobodur

Located near Magelang, in Central Java province, Borobudur is surrounded by the Sindoro, Sumbing, Merbabu and Merapi mountains, and the Progo and Elo rivers. Witnessing a magical sunrise at this legendary temple is always a highlight of any visit.

Magelang, in Central Java, is famous as the home of the world’s largest Buddhist temple, Borobudur. Consisting of nine stacked platforms, six square and three circular, topped by a central dome, this 9th-century temple is decorated with more than two thousands reliefs and over five hundred Buddha statues, makes this temple one of the greatest Buddhist monuments in the world.

If you want to see the sunrise at this world- famous temple, you should arrive by 4.30am. There is a shortcut from the parking lot to the temple, which takes about 10 minutes. Don’t forget a flashlight, since the morning is still dark. Expect to find plenty of people already waiting for the sunrise, each having secured their place among the stupas spread across Borobudur. If you are fortunate and the weather is good and the sky is clear, you can see Mount Merbabu and Mount Merapi in the distance. At about 5.30am the colour of the sky will begin to change, with traces of beautiful reds and oranges emerging against the lightening blue sky. As the sun slowly rises majestically between Merbabu and Merapi, some people on the temple will take out their cameras to capture the moment, while others perform their morning prayers.

With the sun fully risen in the blue sky, the Borobudur Intellectual Tour begins. The temple guide will explain the history and meaning behind the carvings and sculptures of this majestic temple for about an hour. Prepare to be awed by the rich stories of the world’s largest Buddhist temple and one of the most sacred places for Buddhist devotees. There are magical feelings even if you are not Buddhist. A visit to this legendary temple is a must if you come to Central Java.borobodur-1


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