Although I’m not Buddhist, I’m very interested in Eastern spirituality. And so, on my third trip to Indonesia, visiting Borobudur was on top of my priority list. We arrive Yogyakarta via Air Asia from Jakarta, coming from a busy week at Bogor in Sentul City, our flight to Yogya was the start of a cultural tour of Indonesia after being stuck inside the Sentul International Convention Center for our company produced event. We booked a tour to Borobudur costing us IDR 90,000 per person, which takes us to Borobudur, the nearby Mendut Temple & Monastery both in Magelang, Central Java, and back to the city to see the Hindu Temple of Prambanan in the heart of Yogya.
We arrived Borobudur at about 6:00am, we waited a couple of minutes as the park is not yet open. During this time, I wonder about the Borobudur sunrise tour offered by the hotel nearest it, Hotel Princess Manohara. After experiencing Borobudur, I took a mental note that if I ever come back, I’ll definitely stay at the Manohara.
It had been very sunny in Jakarta that when we climb up Borobudur I was pleasantly surprised to feel the cool mountain breeze on my skin, and the breathtaking view of Mt. Merapi.
Borobudur is beautifully peaceful. The climate is ideal and I managed to complete one circumnavigation of the narrow alleys of the temple grounds. This is a sacred ground and a pilgrimage site for Buddhists and the path of circumnavigation the temple grounds as one go up leading to the highest level of enlightenment can be likened to the path to Nirvana.
Looking at the stone carvings makes me wonder about the skill of ancient people who drilled these hard stones. Carved stones of Buddhist cosmology in relief panels and some Buddha statues in different positions (cross-legged, lotus-positioned) are truly a sight to behold.
Borobudur, Mendut, Prambanan Tour – IDR 90,000
Borobudur Entrance Fee – IDR 189,000
Prambanan Entrance Fee – IDR 165,200