Borobudur might as well known as one of the oldest and most beautiful Buddhist temple in the world. It is located in Magelang, Central Java. It is a breath-taking temple decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues.
UNESCO once said that it is the most gallant and the largest monument and stupa complex in the world which is visited by people.
Maybe some of you who are planning to travel to Yogyakarta still confused on where should you spend your time on, here we provide some information about Borobudur Temple which can be used as your consideration in writing down your travel checklist.
Borobudur Temple is located in a hill between two twin volcanoes, Sundoro-Sumbing and Merbabu-Merapi, a place with mesmerizing agricultural fertility due to the location, the location is also called as “the garden of java”.
To get there you have to go approximately 40 kilometres northwest of Yogyakarta, it is recommended for you to go there using personal vechicle since this place is packed with tourist from all over the world, especially on holidays.
Once you arrive there you are free to explore the place on your own, or if you already booked a traveling agent they will take you on a tour around the temple. To fully enjoy Borobudur Temple, you have to walk following a specified “route” indicated by the engraved picture on the walls.
The carving on the walls in Borobudur temple is divided into four story; Karnawibangga, Lalita Wistara, Jataka and Awadana, and Gandawyuda. Those carving tells about the Buddhist teaching and the improvement of Javanese community on that time.
If you want to follow the proper “route” or called as pradaksina in the local terms, you have to enter through the east entrance, then walk clockwise with the temple always on your right, once you arrive at the east stairs then you go up one step and do the exact same route, repeat it until you arrive on the top of the temple.
Once you reach the top of the temple you will be mesmerized by the beauty of the scenery , such as Monoreh hill, Mount Merapi, Mount Sumbing, Mount Merbabu, it seems that the temple was built in consideration with the elevation so that the mountains seems to be protecting the temple.
If you want to visit Borobudur Temple, it is highly recommended to go there at dawn, because the sunrise here is breath-taking, especially seen from the top of the temple. If you can’t manage to visit at dawn it’s okay but be sure to prepare a lot of drinks and hat because the heat in this temple is so hot you’ll sweat a lot. Are you ready to visit this magnificent remnant of ancient Buddhist?
Source: ourglobaltrekz, travelmoodz