Borobudur is one of the largest Buddhist temples in Southeast Asia. The colossal pyramid looms out of a patchwork of
bottle-green paddies and swaying palm tops.
Visitors can walk through narrow corridors with thousands of decorative stone carvings, exposing the largest and most complete ensemble of Buddhist relief in the world. This pilgrim walk is about 5km long. The best time for a visit is at dawn or sunset; as if you travel at these times you will be able to catch something of the spirit of this majestic temple.
The ticket includes entrance to Karmawibhangga Archaeological Museum, which is near to the temple and shows tools and equipment from the restoration of the temple as well as many original stone carvings. Today, Borobudur is one of the main attractions in Indonesia that you should not miss.
Travel to Borobudur
Travelers reach the site of Borobudur temple either from Yogjakarta (45km) or from Magelang (10km). To travel by taxi from Yogja for that trip should cost no more than Rp. 150,000 (one way / tour takes 45 minutes). However, it is strongly recommended to negotiate the price beforehand, as many taxi drivers in Indonesia tend to ask higher prices for tourists. If you plan to visit several attractions it is advantageous to hire a private driver for a fixed rate.
A much cheaper alternative for the trip from Yogjakarta is taking a bus from Umbulharjo bus station (Rp. 10.000 / 1.5 hours). The bus station at Borobudur is in a 1km walking distance from the site.
Furthermore, many tour operators offer complete tour packages that are very competitive and include hints and tips form native people. Therefore, see the link list below.
Magelang is much nearer to Borobudur temple, so taking a taxi for this short trip is most recommendable.