Is Borobudur Really Worth a Visit?

Borobudur is the world’s largest Buddhist Temple. It is said to date from the 9th century, but just like so many temples in the area, became consumed by the ash and lava from surrounding volcanoes at some point in time and was not uncovered again until 1815 when Sir Stamford Raffles ordered excavation of the site.


Borobudur, now in all its grandeur, looms over the village of Boro just outside Yogyakarta as proud as it once did, and is today the most visited monument in Indonesia.

You can find more information about the history and restoration of Borobudur on the following websites:

My Visit to Borobudur

The cheerful minibus driver was in the reception of the Delta Homestay grinning and raring to go at 04:45am.

Toni and I quickly threw everything in a bag and went to meet him. We had to wait at least another five minutes for Yoko and Omar for the simple reason that they are Spanish. Spanish people are always late; it’s in their genes. And that made us late to pick up all the other people – we were the first stop.

Is Borobudur worth getting up in the middle of the night for?

Yes and no. The hype has spoiled it a bit. And it’s an hour and a half drive away from Yogyakarta. Plus, after having been so impressed with Prambanan and the Hidden Temples perhaps it was my expectations that were too high.

Don’t get me wrong, Borobudur is a beautiful Buddhist Temple with a stunning backdrop of volcano and lush green landscape.



Like all temples and monuments in this area, Borobudur is built from volcanic rock, so it is black.

Upon arrival our driver took us to the entrance and pointed us in the right direction of the free coffee and water and showed us where to get kitted out in the sarongs that we were forced to wear, to show respect to the monks or something.

Once we were dressed like fools we were allowed to embark on the 15 minute slog across the manicured grounds to the temple itself, which loomed ahead of us crowned by an enormous main domelike stupa.


The whole complex is outdoor, reminding me of Wat Arun Temple of Dawn in Bangkok, also with steep steps leading up the sides.

Borobudur is tiered, and at each level you can walk around the circumference, enjoying the magnificent views of the landscape and the intricate details on the temple.


The top tier is full of identical stupas which you can walk amongst; each one containing a statue of a Buddha inside. It is said that touching the hand of each Buddha brings luck.


We had two hours to visit Borobudur, which was more than ample time. Don’t forget to pay a visit to the museum, where there is information about the reconstruction and work at Borobudur.

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  1. Andrea says:

    “and showed us where to get kitted out in the sarongs that we were forced to wear, to show respect to the monks or something.

    Once we were dressed like fools…”

    I would assume that a woman so well-traveled, could have picked up some manners and respect for other cultures along the way! You’re not worthy of the places you are so privileged to visit.

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