Welcome to Borobudur

Borobudur is at the centre of an attractive assembly of traditional rice-growing kampung (villages), ringed by volcanic peaks. Called the Garden of Java by locals, the region, with its rural homestays and guesthouses, scattered temples and tradition of honey and tofu production, warrants at least an overnight stay. For those who find Borobudur's bucolic charms a delightful antidote to the urban experience of nearby Yogyakarta, there are plenty of reasons to extend a visit, including engaging with the local culture through cooperative tours.

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Private Borobudur Sunrise Tour from Yogyakarta

The Borobudur temple compounds, as they are officially known, were built in three tiers: a large base nearly 400 feet on each side that has five levels; on top of that are three circular platforms covered in 72 bell-shaped stupas, each with a statue of Buddha inside; at the top there is an enormous stupa that is more than 100 feet in the air. The monument is covered in carvings, with 2,600 relief panels and more than 500 statues of Buddha.The UNESCO protected Buddhist monument was abandoned in the 14th century after the bulk of the Javanese population got a taste of Islam. In the 1970’s, a restoration commenced, and now the once ignored Borobudur is Indonesia’s most visited tourist attraction.The sunrise over Borobudur is without doubt one of the travel world’s most spectacular and unique experiences. But, how do you get prime-time sunrise viewing, without being surrounded by swarms of other tourists? Borobudur is about 45 minutes from the much larger city of Yogyakarta, a city of half a million people that most visitors to Borobudur use as a base. If you want a jump on the hordes, there is an easy way you can get access to Borobudur, an hour and a half before everyone else. You can be at the top of the temple, taking those Borobudur sunrise money-shots when everyone else is still lining up at the gates, waiting to get in.A Borobudur sunrise is an absolute must-do travel experience. It is a very good reason why it is the number one attraction in Indonesia. You will never forget this experience.

$106.15 Tours & Sightseeing

Yogyakarta Morning Tour with Borobudur Temple Sunrise, Lunch

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Borobudur Temple, Borobudur, Magelang, Central Java, JavaGet ready for an early morning departure from your hotel at around 4am. Before you know it, you will reach the famous Borobudur temple. Enjoy the area and take a lot of good pictures in the ancient structure as you wish. After the sunrise, you will be treated for a coffee break with banana fritter while you still be able to enjoy the view of the temple from the distance. Next, a bicycle is ready for you to let you enjoy the traditional Javanese village atmosphere and discover the real Javanese life alongside a pleasant view of the rice field and plantation. Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Selogriyo Temple, Borobudur, Magelang, Central Java, JavaSelogriyo temple is your next stop, a desolate temple on the hill that can be reached through a gentle walk with lovely mountains and rice paddies view, and climbing about 200 hundred steps. It is located about 30km away from Borobudur, an hour journey through paved and winding country lanes. Duration: 3 hours

$168.75 Cultural & Theme Tours

All of Yogyakarta

In the morning explore Jogjakarta old city by visiting the Sultan palace, Taman Sari castle and then drive to Borobudur, 42 kilometers west of Jogjakarta. With your guide, explore this massive Buddhist Temple- the largest in the world- and discover the incredible history behind its construction. Comprised of thousands of volcanic and river stone blocks, the temple was assembled entirely by human labor and took more than 75 years to complete. These days, the UNESCO Heritage site is still visible in its full glory- with magnificent carvings and an unusual, yet surprisingly beautiful bulk structure. A late lunch at a local restaurant set amid the rice fields. Next head to the ancient Hindu temples at Prambanan, located 17 kilometers from Jogjakarta. Built in the 9th century, this collection of sharp, jagged temples features three main inner shrines dedicated to the Hindu trinity: Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. UNESCO named Prambanan a Heritage Site in 1991. Your guide will explain the history and symbolism of the temples as you walk around. Transfer back to Jogjakarta to your hotel.

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Yogyakarta Cultural Tour with Borobudur and Prambanan Temples

We start our journey in the morning with our complimentary hotel pickup. Our tour guide and driver will pick you up at 07:00am and drive to Borobudur Temple. In the next hour, you will get the opportunity to explore and enjoy the great Buddhist temple with local knowledgeable guide. After your first impression of the most famous Buddhist temple in Java, we will then visit the other small but important Buddhist temples: Pawon and Mendut temple. Once a year, Buddhist followers come and visit Borobudur area to pilgrimage these three temples. Firstly, they will visit Mendut Temple to worship the Buddha, then walking to Pawon Temple which is believed to be a place to cremate our kings and their families in the past, Lastly they will pay a visit to Borobudur Temple to meditate in order to get an enlightenment. Let's drive to the slope of Merapi Volcano for Lava tour by Jeep (own expense). The slope of Merapi Volcano is one of the most active volcanos in Indonesia. We will stop at some viewing points with interesting stories of what happened before and after the big eruption. Afterwards, we will stop for lunch (optional at own expense) before visiting our final stop - Prambanan Temple and the Green Temple, to enjoy the beautiful sunset in Java. You will be transferred back to your hotel in our air-con vehicle to conclude today's cultural tour.

$155 Day Trips & Excursions

Day Trip to Merapi and Temples from Yogyakarta

Begin this full day tour with hotel pickup by jeep and professional driver. Journey through deserted villages on the Island of Java, as you make your way to Merapi. See the smoking caldera of the Merapi Volcano. Travel to the Buddhist temples of Borobudur, Pawon and Mendut. Understand the history of these temples through stories told by your English-speaking guide. The local tour guide is only provided at Borobudur temple. After the visit temples, you may stop for lunch at the local Borobudur Restaurant and the stone carving before going back to your hotel.Return to your hotel in Yogyakarta, at the end of your tour.

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Yogyakarta to Merapi Volcano Private Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

Our tour guide will pick up you around 3:45 am from your hotel lobby centrally located Yogyakarta. Head to first stop Borobudur temple. Enjoy sunrise at Borobudur well worth of time and money. Here you have the option to hire a local guide who can explain you about the history. You may skip also to hire a local guide. This is one of world's truly great ancient monuments, the single largest Buddhist structure anywhere on earth, and few who visit fail to be taken by both the scale of place, and the remarkable attention to detail that went into the construction. Set as it is in the heart of the verdant Kedu Plain, the backdrop of mighty active volcanoes only enhances the sense of awe and drama.After finish Borobudur you will visit to Pawon temple, Pawon from the word Per-awu-an (place that contains dust), a temple that houses the dust of cremated king. However who was the personage that entombed here is still unknown. Local people name this temple as "Bajranalan" based on the name of the village. Then pay a visit to Mendut Temple. It was built by King Indra of Syailendra Dynasty. Rectangular temple with multistoried roofs decorated small stupas were built earlier than Pawon Temple and Borobudur Temple which are located in on straight line. Different from Borobudur Temple that facing the rising sun, Mendut Temple entrance faces westward.Continue your tour by visiting to Merapi Volcano by a jeep. It is one of the world's most active and dangerous volcanoes. It contains an active lava dome, which regularly produces pyroclastic flows. It has been active for 10,000 years. This fire mountain remains one of the most active and dangerous volcanoes in the world.Lastly, you will visit to most beautiful Hindu temple Prambanan. Built in the 10th century, this is the largest temple compound dedicated to Shiva in Indonesia. Rising above the centre of the last of these concentric squares are three temples decorated with reliefs illustrating the epic of the Ramayana, dedicated to the three great Hindu divinities (Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma) and three temples dedicated to the animals who serve them.After finish mentioned sightseeing our friendly driver will drop off you to your hotel centrally located Yogyakarta.

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