A. Brief Information

Borobudur Temple is one of the most prestigious historical properties that can be found in Indonesia. It is noted as one of the World Wonder Heritage by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The existence of Borobudur was discovered by General Governor Sir Thomas Raffles around 800 A.D., after being buried for a long time following the eruption of Merapi Volcano. It is said that the temple was built at the era of King Syailendra in the eight century. “Borobudur” is derived from “bara” / “vihara” that means “temple;” and “budur” or “beduhur” that means “above” or “hill.”

This 34.5-meter-high
monument comprises 10 layers, which the lower six are square and the upper three layers are circular. Reliefs on the wall are counted about 1460, while the Buddha statues are about 504 and 72 stupas. Just take a bird-eye view, thus the temple is almost like a lotus.

B. Brief Information

Discover the ancient stories, which mostly are influenced by Buddhism like Ramayana and Mahabharata,
on the relief wall of Borobudur Temple. You can discern the whole story by reading the relief clockwise. Not only does the relief display the stories of both Ramayana and Mahabharata, but the social circumstance happening in society. The relief displays the surrounding farmers` activities, especially in agriculture. From this we can see that the society had ever suffered from advanced agricultural devices of that time.

The biggest stupa as well as the highest symbol of Buddhist divine concept, is a representation of the universe. It consists of three layers
that symbolize the Buddhist concept on micro-cosmos. The first layer is a symbol of the world wherein the evil deed still plays a huge role in the human will. The second layer depicts a world wherein the human has been capable of managing evil deed to improve the good deed. The third layer symbolizes the human life in which the people are able to avoid from mere mundanity.

With abundant enchantm
ent as well as its undiscovered mysteries, Borobudur is a big magnet to attract a number of both foreign and local visitors. This is the glory of human cultural civilization living in the ninth century. You can experience, likewise, the sensation of village tour at Karanganyar and Wanurejo villages. There you can find the smiling local inhabitants earning their living from handicraft making. As well, you may reach the nearest hill Watu Kendil, and watch the panoramic scenery of Borobudur and surrounding areas. So, what are you waiting for?

C. Location

Borobudur Temple lies at Borobudur Village, Borobudur Sub-district, in the district of Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia.

D. Access

Borobudur is located about 100 kilometers away from Semarang, and 40 kilometers from Yogyakarta. You can take any bus as well as public transport serving Semarang-Yogyakarta route leading to Magelang bus station. It will take approximately three hours. To be in the temple complex, you must succeed the trip from Magelang bus station by taking minibuses with IDR 5000 for its cost (per April 2008).
From Yogyakarta, it will take around an hour land trip to Borobudur Temple. To touch the temple, you must take a walk from parking area, spending about 15 minutes.

E. Ticket Price

The entrance ticket prices for domestic tourists are IDR 9000 (adult) and IDR 5000 (children). For foreign tourists, they must pay IDR 99000 (adult) and IDR 54000 (children).

F. Accommodation and other Facilities

As one the most favorite tourism destinations, Borobudur and surrounding areas are places for hospitality services. There, you can find restaurants, hotels, and souvenir shops in ease. Professional guides are ready during the working time for accompanying and telling you the information relating to the temple.

Source : Wisata Melayu

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