A Breath-taking Experience at Borobudur Temple in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

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Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Borobudur Temple is a Mahayana Buddhist Temple in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia, built in the 9th century.

The monument comprises 504 Buddha statues and 2,672 relief panels, according to Wikipedia.

Preserved through several restorations over the past centuries, Borobudur is an exceedingly popular tourist attraction that’s swamped with visitors throughout the day and year.

The best time to visit Borobudur is before the breaking of dawn, when the sky is still pitch dark.

Your experience begins from absolute darkness. Armed with a torch light and an adventurous outlook, you commence walking up steep steps to get to the peak of the temple, find a cosy spot that gives you the best view of the ensuing sunrise, watch the sky gradually change colours, and keeping your eyes peeled just so you won’t miss a single moment.

As the sun slowly emerges from behind the mountains, constant bolts of anticipation skimmed through my nerves.

Tickets for the Borobudur Sunrise are priced at Rp. 380,000 (about SGD $50-ish). It might be a tad pricey, but it’s absolutely worth every single cent.

Pictures in this post are taken using the SONY RX100. It’s a compact camera that boasts impressive image quality and sharpness coupled with brilliant colours. It’s a great carry-about camera, small enough to fit comfortably in one’s pocket, without compensating on image quality.

Describing the view as spectacular is an understatement.

I’ll let the pictures do the talking.

The temple officially opens at 7am, and that’s when tourists start streaming in unceasingly. It won’t be long before the entire monument is stripped off its tranquil state, and steered abuzz. The entry ticket after 7am is half the price of what you would pay to see the sunrise.

Sacrificing a little sleep is nothing compared to that much of an awe you’d encounter.

Borobudur is infinitely the highlight of my trip to Yogyakarta.

Enjoy the cool mist and bask in the cloudy blue sky, while admiring centuries-old effigies.

Thank you AirAsia and Omy.sg for flying me to Yogyakarta. This is one expedition I will never be able to erase from my memory.

Airfares are made affordable, so ‘everyone can fly’.

Good-bye Yogyakarta…


Nasi Padang Uda Ratman (SGD$5)

The Nasi Padang Uda Ratman that I had is also the ‘Captain’s Choice’, which I totally concur.

The beef rendang is well infused with flavour, derived from the melange of spices, coconut milk, turmeric leaves, lime leaves, shallots and garlic.

Read more about my trip to Yogyakarta, my flight and accommodation here: http://melicacy.com/?p=5814