Borobudur Sunrise – in a State of Peace Surrounded by Hundreds of Buddha Statues

Borobudur sunrise is a must-see for those who love watching the golden hour in the morning. At the world’s largest Buddhist Temple, visitors from afar congregate to witness one of nature’s truly amazing spectacles – the sunrise!

Borobudur Sunrise - in a State of Peace Surrounded by Hundreds of Buddha Statue
Borobudur Sunrise – in a State of Peace Surrounded by Hundreds of Buddha Statue (Indonesia)

Why go at sunrise in Borobudur?

Because nothing is more breathtaking than watching the sun rises in the East.

Watching sunrise at Borobudur Yogyakarta Indonesia
It’s one of my favourite things to do when I travel – watch a sunrise or a sunset!

Because nothing is more perfect than staring at the golden sun behind tens of temple stupas.

Borobudur Sunrise - in a State of Peace Surrounded by Hundreds of Buddha Statue
Borobudur Sunrise – in a State of Peace Surrounded by Hundreds of Buddha Statue (Indonesia)

And because nothing is more wondrous than gaping at the views overlooking dense greenery and faraway fields.

Indonesia nature Mountain sunrise Yogyakarta
Look at this! Who wouldn’t be tempted to go here?

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Built during the heydays of Sailendra Dynasty, Borobudur Temple is an excellent example of the mixture of Javanese and Buddhist architecture.

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The temple is a mix of Javanese and Buddhist architecture.

The design follows Indonesian indigenous patterns of worshipping ancestors and Buddhism’s idea of achieving a state of peace – Nirvana.

Nirvana a state of peace
Nirvana – a state of peace.

And what better way to experience that state of peace than being in a temple while watching the sun rises?

Borobudur sunset Yogyakarta Indonesia
Your tour starts from Yogyakarta and you must leave at 4 in the morning.

Yes, I know what you are thinking – how can you have peace when the temple is crowded with Instagrammers?

Borobudur Sunrise - in a State of Peace Surrounded by Hundreds of Buddha Statue
Borobudur Sunrise – in a State of Peace Surrounded by Hundreds of Buddha Statue (Indonesia)

Well, while that is true, but let me say that the temple is huge and you can pick a place wherever you want to sit.

crowd at Borobudur Temple Yogyakarta Indonesia

There are 10 round terraces, and I’m pretty sure you’ll find your place – like I found mine – far from the madding crowd.

Borobudur Sunrise -  Buddha Statue
Borobudur Sunrise – in a State of Peace Surrounded by Hundreds of Buddha Statue (Indonesia)

Amazingly though, the crowd that I was with that morning was quiet.

Buddha and sunrise Yogyakarta temple
Buddha and sunrise – what a serene view!

Everyone was anticipating the rising of the sun.

Things to do in Yogyakarta Indonesiai
This is one of the things to do when you are in Yogyakarta.

And yes, there were camera flashes and movements, but many were just enthralled at the beauty before them.

Things to do in Yogyakarta
Borobudur Temple is a top tourist attraction in Yogyakarta (Indonesia).

What’s more satisfying than watching a statue of Buddha in meditation in front of a sunrise?

Borobudur Sunrise Indonesia
Borobudur Sunrise – in a State of Peace Surrounded by Hundreds of Buddha Statue (Indonesia)

Borobudur may not be the best sunrise I’ve ever witnessed, but it’s definitely in my top 5. And I’m telling you – as a sunrise lover – I’ve seen so many sunrises and sunsets in my life. It’s a disease that I couldn’t find a cure. 🙂

Borobudur Temple is a top tourist attraction in Yogyakarta (Indonesia).
Borobudur Temple is a top tourist attraction in Yogyakarta (Indonesia).

Hostel in Yogyakarta

I stayed at One Baek Hostel where it is surrounded by bars, restaurants, and convenience stores. The room was clean, and they will allow you to check-in as long as the beds/rooms are ready. The staff members are nice and they’re willing to help out on where to go and what to do in the city. They also offer tours to Borobudur and Prambanan. Ask for their tour list and decide which tour you’d take. You can also book this hostel through TripAdvisorExpedia, and HostelWorld.

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