Borobudur Temple – The World’s Largest Buddhist Temple

Borobudur Temple is the world’s largest Buddhist Temple. Judging from its massive size, artistry, handiwork, and significance, this temple deserves a UNESCO World Heritage Site status.

How to get to Borobudur Yogyakarta Indonesia
Borobudur Temple is the World’s Largest Buddhist Temple

How to get to Borobudur

Take a tour – that’s what I did. The van driver picked me up at 4:00 in the morning and we picked up four more passengers. It was an 11-seater van so it was not crowded at all. We slept all throughout an hour journey. By the time we arrived, some tourists were already ahead of us – in a busload!

Borobudur Temple is the World's Largest Buddhist Temple
Borobudur Temple is the World’s Largest Buddhist Temple (Yogyakarta, Indonesia).

Another way to go there is by getting a private car/driver. You can always flag down a taxi and negotiate with them. My hostel told me that IDR500,000 ($37) is a fair price. Take this option if there are 3 or 4 of you in a car.

Borobudur Temple is the World's Largest Buddhist Temple (Yogyakarta, Indonesia).
Borobudur Temple is the World’s Largest Buddhist Temple (Yogyakarta, Indonesia).

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Should I bring a sarong or not?

This is a question I asked my Indonesian friend – and he said yes. And so I did. However, when we arrived at almost around half past 5 AM, no one was really checking if we were dressed appropriately. On the other hand, I still used my colorful sarong for pictorials. 😀 And I think you should, too! 😀 When I exited from the temple, I saw a table with 3 employees collecting sarongs that were borrowed. Therefore, if you go there for the sunrise, no one will check the dress code. If you go later, after sunrise, you will be given a sarong if you are dressed indecently.

Borobudur Temple is the World's Largest Buddhist Temple (Yogyakarta, Indonesia).
Borobudur Temple is the World’s Largest Buddhist Temple (Yogyakarta, Indonesia).

The World’s Largest Buddhist Temple

Indonesia is the world’s most populous Muslim country, so it was kind of a surprise to me to see the influence of Buddhism here which was brought from India.

Things to do in Yogyakarta
Things to do in Yogyakarta (Indonesia).

Borobudur Temple covers an area of 2,520 m2 and it is circular in form.

Things to do in Borobudur
Things to do in Borobudur (Indonesia).

It sits atop a hill so it overlooks the lush greenery, distant mountains, plains, and fields.

Borobudur Temple is the World's Largest Buddhist Temple (Yogyakarta, Indonesia).
Borobudur Temple is the World’s Largest Buddhist Temple (Yogyakarta, Indonesia).

As you go up, you will pass through platforms and stairs until you reach the top.

Borobudur Temple is the World's Largest Buddhist Temple (Yogyakarta, Indonesia).
Borobudur Temple is the World’s Largest Buddhist Temple (Yogyakarta, Indonesia).

However, you won’t notice and appreciate them as it will still be dark when you arrive there. Your driver will give you a small flashlight to use and don’t lose it or else you’re going to pay for it.

Borobudur Temple is the World's Largest Buddhist Temple (Yogyakarta, Indonesia).
Borobudur Temple is the World’s Largest Buddhist Temple (Yogyakarta, Indonesia).

Explore and go around the ten round terraces.

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Go around each of the 10 terraces.

Take a closer look at the carved stone statues, big and small.

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Things to do in Yogyakarta (Indonesia).

There are 504 Buddha statues here.

Carved stone statue of Buddha
You can always touch these statues but please don’t vandalize them.

Seventy-two of these Buddha statues surround the dome at the centre of the temple. Each of them is seated inside a stupa.

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Can you count how many Buddha statues are here?

The stupas looked like a set of lego formed on top of each other.

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Borobudur is an hour drive outside of Yogyakarta (Indonesia).

And guess what? These stone blocks are held together without any cement or epoxy! Impressive, eh?!

Hotel Yogyakarta Hostel
This Buddhist temple is a UNESCO World heritage Site.

When you are done going around the temple, you will really feel that this is one of Indonesia’s most incredible historical find!

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 TripAdvisor, Expedia, and HostelWorld.

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