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Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Borobudur

Borobudur Temple

The world's largest Buddhist temple and one of Indonesia's biggest attractions is Unesco World Heritage–listed Borobudur Temple. It's built from two million stone blocks in the form of a massive symmetrical stupa, l…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Borobudur

Mendut Temple & Monastery

This exquisite temple, set within a cute neighbourhood around 3.5km east of Borobudur, may look insignificant compared with its mighty neighbour, but it houses the most outstanding statue in its original setting of …
Cafe in Borobudur

Alea Coffee Shop

A tranquil cafe with outdoor decking that juts out to the rice paddies is a great spot for strong Javanese coffee, cold beer (not always available) or tasty Indonesian dishes. At night it's lit up with fairy lights …
Buddhist Temple in Borobudur

Candi Pawon

Around 1.5km east of Borobudur, this small solitary temple is similar in design and decoration to the Mendut temple (one ticket covers both sites). It is not a stupa but resembles a Central Javanese temple, with its…
Museum in Borobudur

Museum Kapal Samurrarska

This museum, dedicated to the importance of the ocean and sea trade in Indonesia, houses an 18m wooden outrigger, a replica of a boat depicted on one of Borobudur’s panels. This boat was sailed to Madagascar and on …
International in Borobudur

Patio

For a special setting, this colonial-style hotel restaurant four kilometres west of the monument is hard to match – eat in the formal dining room or out on the terrace with views of Borobudur. Local mains are 60,000…
Seafood in Borobudur

Saung Makan Bu Empat

Around 5km east of Borobudur village on the road to Yogyakarta, this traditional bamboo-and-timber restaurant is set around rice fields and gurgling streams. It's renowned for its fish and shrimp dishes. No alcohol …
Religious in Borobudur

Waisak

The Buddha’s birth, his enlightenment and his reaching of nirvana are all celebrated on the full-moon day of Waisak when a great procession of saffron-robed monks travels from Mendut to Pawon then Borobudur, where c…
Cultural in Borobudur

Festival of Borobudur

Around June, the Festival of Borobudur kicks off with a Ramayana-style dance, and goes on to feature folk-dancing competitions, handicrafts, white-water rafting and other activities.