Indonesia

Borobudur & Parmbanan in Java

15 February 2018

Everyone knows Bali, but Indonesia has so much more to offer. The island Java for example, which is the heart of Indonesia with the bustling capital Jakarta. This large island has impressive natural wonders such as Bromo and Ijen and unique, heart warming cities as Yogyakarta. We started our trip through Indonesia in Yogyakarta, where we wanted to see some culture. So, first stop: ‘the Borobudur’ and ‘Prambanan’ temple!

Borobudur temple Java

Sunset at the Borobudur temple

Borobudur Temple in Java

What is the Borobudur tempel?

The Borobudur temple is the world’s largest Buddhist temple and is located about 40 km from Yogyakarta. This giant temple has a perimeter of five kilometers and is located next to the Merapi, which is the most active volcano in Indonesia! Not only the perimeter, but also the height is impressive. For example, the Borobudur is 9 stories high, which is a guide to Buddhist enlightenment for priests and pilgrims. The entire temple has more than 400 stupas with a Buddha statue in each stupa.
Since 1991 the Borobudur temple is part of the UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE, together with the two nearby smaller temples Mendut-temple and Pawon-temple.

 Did you know that ‘Borobudur’ derives from the Sanskrit word “Vihara Buddha Ur”, which means “Buddhist temple on the mountain“.

 

How to get there?

As you read above, the Borobudur temple is located 40 km from Yogyakarta. The 2 most easiest ways are the bus or a taxi, what exactly to choose depends on your budget and available time.

Transport Information Duration Cost
(Private) Taxi You can choose for Uber or Grab taxis, which are often cheaper than local taxis. + 1 h tot 1,5 h
(depending on traffic)
150 000 IDR one way°

= 300 000 IDR full day**°

Trans-Jogja* busses

(Public transportation)

 

These busses depart from central Yogyakarta, Malioboro street:

1° Take a route 2A or 3B bus to Jombor terminal

2° Once you arrive at Jombor terminal, you need to take another bus to reach Candi Borobudur terminal
OR you can take a cab from Jombor terminal

 The bus will not drop you at the entrance of the temple. So, exit the bus station and turn left (away from the arch like structure on the main road). There temple is only 100 m away (5-10 min walk)

1° + 10 min

2° + 1 h – 1,5 h

1° 3 000 –  4 000 IDR one way°

2° 20 000 – 25 000 IDR

one way°

* These busses are official Yogyakarta government transportation, which are yellow/green. These busses are air-conditioned and comfortable, but sometimes can be overcrowded ** this price is for a full day
°  these prices were actual in september 2017 so they can change

 

When is the beste time to go?

  • The best moment to visit Borobudur is early in the morning or in the early afternoon. In the morning it is still cool and if you go really early (before 6 am) you will see the sunrise! It gets pretty hot in Java in the afternoon, so take this into account when visiting.
  • Try to avoid weekends! The Borobudur temple is a very tourist place, so during the weekends it can get really busy.
  • The dry period runs from April till October. The rainy season runs from November until March and there will be a lot of mosquitoes.

 

Prices?

Normal ticket: 230 IDR for adults (students have 50% discount!)
Sunrise ticket: 400,000 IDR or adults and 200,000 IDR for children (there is no additional discount for students)
Ticket Borobudur + Prambaran: 520 000 IDR and is valid for 2 days

Opening hours

Normal: Every day 6am – 5pm
Sunrise: Every day 4.30am – 6am

Tips?

 You can visit both temples, Borobudur and Pramadam, in one day. The best option is to take a private taxi for an entire day (300 000 IDR), because visiting these 2 temples in one day with public transport is almost impossible. It takes about 1 hour by taxi from the Borobudur temple to the Prambanan temple. We visited the Borobudur temple early in the morning (5am) and the Prambanan temple in the afternoon (4pm).
 You should always dress respectfully, but nobody will refuse you if you are wearing shorts. I would suggest to take a scarf with you, so that you can cover yourself if necessary.

Borobudur morning

Borobudur temple at sunrise

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Prambanan Temple

What is the Pramadam tempel?

Prambanan in Java is the largest Hindu-Javan temple complex in Indonesia. This famous temple is located about 18 km east of Yogyakarta and is UNESCO World Heritage. The Prambanan temple is actually 1 large complex with 3 main temples (Trisakti “three holy places”), of which the largest temple is 47 meters high and is dedicated to the goddess Shiva. Of the original 244 temples, only three temples have been restored so far.

How to get there?

The impressive Prambanan temple is located about 18 km from the center of Yogyakarta, so it’s closer compared to the Borobudur temple.

Transport Information Duration Cost
(Private) Taxi You can choose for Uber or Grab taxis, which are often cheaper than local taxis. + 30 min – 1h

(depending on traffic)

60 000 IDR one way°

= 120 000 IDR for a full day

Trans-Jogja* busses

(Public transportation)

 

These busses depart from central Yogyakarta, Malioboro street:

1° Take bus 1A of 1B to Prambanan terminal

2° From the terminal station, cross the busy road, turn right and walk around 300 metres to the pedestrian entrance

 The first bus leaves at 6am, you can take the bus every 20 min.

+ 30 min – 1h

(depending on traffic)

3 600 IDR one way°

 

Train Take train n°252 in Lempuyangan train station at 07.18u of 12.30u to Brambanan station

 

+ 20 min 8 000 IDR one way°

* The busses are official Yogyakarta government transportation, which are yellow/green. Trans-Joga busses are air-conditioned and comfortable, but sometimes can be overcrowded
°  these prices were actual in september 2017 so they can change

When is the beste time to go?

  • Early in the morning at sunrise or in the evening at sunset
  • We preferred to go at sunset, because we did Borobudur and Prambanan in 1 day
  • As we said before: try to avoid weekends! The Prambanan temple is a very tourist place, so during the weekends it can get really busy.
  • The dry period runs from April till October.The rainy season runs from November until March and there will be a lot of mosquitoes.

Prices?

Normal ticket: 325 000 IDR
Student ticket: 225 000 IDR if you show your student card (they often don’t check if it’s your card, so try someone else if you don’t have one)
Ticket Borobudur + Prambaran: 520 000 IDR and is valid for 2 days

 

Opening hours

Every day from 6am – 5pm

Tips?

 If you have a pale skin, there will be people that ask you to take a picture 
 Officially, visitors need to wear a sarong, but when we visited the Prambanan temple we didn’t know this.

Prambanan temples

The main temple – Prambanan

Prambanan temple

Sunset at the Prambanan temple

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