If you are looking for things to do in Jogja, then you must definitely try to catch a sunrise over Borobudur. Being one of the world’s most mesmerizing heritages, Borobudur is vastly popular amongst the tourists, both locally and internationally. If you are a natural and historical tour addict, Borobudur temple is the perfect choice for you. Built in 750 – 850 AD, this temple complex has nine floors, consisting of 6 square base floors and 3 round floors at the top, each floor has been carved with a life story of Buddha. In addition, Borobudur temple owns 72 stupas, all of them surrounding the large stupa in the middle, as people see it as the Nirvana. There is a local belief in which if you are able to put in your hand to the stupa and manage to touch the statue of Buddha inside, you will obtain eternal bliss and prosperity. However, that does not just stop there; the view is no joke, especially at dawn!
Sunrise over Borobudur
Borobudur temple is located a little bit far away from the heart of Yogyakarta that it takes around an hour to get there. You have two options to reach the temple; the first is to stay near Malioboro, the central Yogyakarta, enjoying the real spirit of Jogja and coming over by a tour package. If an hour worth drive bothers you, you may also stay near Borobudur temple by the outskirt of town. There are many hotels available nearby, and you can ask for the Borobudur sunrise tour. It is suggested to stay at Manohara hotel, because the company is the one which organizes the tour. However, if you do not wish to sleep over there, you have to wake up very early, for you got to gather there and start the tour together at 04:30 AM. When this happens, make sure the transportation you book is available in advance before the day of the tour, because sometimes there may be a delay. Another tip is, when you are about to head to the temple, it is better for you to apply and bring some mosquito repellant. During sunrise and sunset is the most active time for mosquitos, thus it is better if you prepare it beforehand.
The Price for Borobudur Sunrise
If you take the tour through the hotel, you can enter the complex of Borobudur temple at 04:30 AM by paying around IDR 450,000 or roughly USD 30. However, if you find it too early, yet you still want to see the remnants of sunrise by its peak, you may take general ticket, for the business hours in Borobudur temple starts from 06:00 AM – 05:00 PM. For this one, the entrance ticket fee is around IDR 325,000 or roughly USD 25. There is also a USD 10 discount for a student by showing your ID card, such as student ID. However, you need to remember there are 118 stairs to reach the top, and if you start at 06:00 AM, you may not be able to see sunrise at all. The climb might take some time, because at dawn it can be quite dark there and you have to climb only by holding a torch provided by the temple guest service center. However, sunrise over Borobudur is one of the must things to do in Jogja for you can see a very beautiful streak of sunrise at the pretty purple sky.