The magnificent Borobudur temple is the world’s biggest Buddhist monument, an ancient site widely considered to be one of the world’s seven wonders. Built in the 9th century during the reign of the Syailendra dynasty, the temple’s design in Gupta architecture reflects India’s influence on the region, yet there are enough indigenous scenes and elements incorporated to make Borobudur uniquely Indonesian. This awe inspiring monument is truly a marvel. After a visit here you will understand why it is Indonesia’s most visited tourist attraction and a famous icon of Indonesia’s cultural heritage.
Located on the island of Java, the temple sits majestically on a hilltop overlooking lush green fields and distant hills. It covers an enormous area, measuring 123 x 123 meters. The monument is a marvel of design, decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues. The architecture and stonework of this temple has no equal. And it was built without using any kind of cement or mortar! The structure is like a set of massive interlocking Lego blocks held together without any glue.
The temple has remained strong even through ten centuries of neglect. It was rediscovered in 1815, buried under volcanic ash. In the 1970’s the Indonesian Government and UNESCO worked together to restore Borobudur to its former majesty The restoration took eight years to complete and today Borobudur is one of Indonesia and the world’s most valuable treasures.
The temple is decorated with stone carvings in bas-relief representing images from the life of Buddha. Commentators claim that this is the largest and most complete ensemble of Buddhist reliefs in the world, unsurpassed in artistic merit.
This monument is both a shrine to the Lord Buddha and a place for Buddhist pilgrimage. The ten levels of the temple symbolize the three divisions of the religion’s cosmic system. As visitors begin their journey at the base of the temple, they make their way to the top of the monument through the three levels of Budhist cosmology, Kamadhatu (the world of desire), Rupadhatu (the world of forms) and Arupadhatu (the world of formlessness). As visitors walk to the top the monument guides the pilgrims past 1,460 narrative relief panels on the wall and the balustrades.
The whole monument itself resembles a giant stupa, but seen from above it forms a mandala. The great stupa at the top of the temple sits 40 meters above the ground. This main dome is surrounded by 72 Buddha statues seated inside perforated stupa.
Historians suggest that the name of Borobudur comes from the Sanskrit ‘Vihara Buddha Uhr’ or the ‘Buddhist monastery on the hill.
Do you photography anthusiast? Then, don’t miss to joint our daily Borobudur Sunrise Tour. The 8th century Buddhist relic of Borobudur is best to seen at dawn. Enjoy yourself from the top of the Borobudur Temple and wait for the sun to rise over the horizon. As you look out to the hills and forests surrounding you it isn’t hard to imagine how explorers must have felt when they stumbled out of the forest in 1814 to find such a sight lost to the world for almost 500 years. The awe-inspiring monument features the largest and most complete collection of Buddhist relief sculptures on the walls of its seven terraces – all of which detail the story of Buddhist cosmology.
Early morning 03:30, depart from your Hotel in Yogyakarta to transfer to Borobudur Temple. We will enter the Temple from the Manohara Hotel entrance gate. Climb the Temple till the very top to see the magnificent panoramic view around Borobudur Temple at dawn. Borobudur Sunrise Tour during high seasson, will be crowded, so make sure you are staying in one place for the best view. After sunrise, we will exploring the Borobudur Temple with your Tour Guide. Back to Manohara Hotel where you can get morning coffee or tea with some light breakfast. Then proceed to nearby Temple such as Pawon and Mendut Temple. Back to Yogyakarta.
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Morning time, Pick up from hotel in Yogjakarta and transfer to Borobudur to visit the magnificent Borobudur Temple stands on a hillock with seven square terraces represent the steps of from the earthly realm to the nirvana at the three circular terraces to the biggest mother stupa at top. Thousand reliefs panels here depict the birth, enlightenment, the death Buddha and the journey of Boddhisatwas, on the way back to Jogjakarta stop over to visit Mendut and Pawon temples. Lunch will be serve at Sekar Kedathon Restaurant near Borobudur.
After Lunch, visiting Prambanan Temple the most important complex of Hindu temple built on 9th century compound by 3 temple dedicated for Brahma Civa and Vishnu, See for yourself sixteen temples stand majestically here. Sequel relief panels of Ramayana epic on carved on the temples’ wall will be another alternative way to find out how skillfully the builders of the temples had been.
Last afternoon, transfer back to Hotel or Airport for your onward flight.
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