Borobudur Temple Visit | Candi Borobudur Magelang

Borobudur Temple Visit | Candi Borobudur Magelang

Borobudur Temple Visit | Candi Borobudur

Borobudur Temple History and Location

Borobudur Temple or Candi Borobudur is the world's largest buddhist temple located in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. It takes around one and a half hours car ride from Central Yogyakarta. It was built by the Kings of Syailendra Dynasty of Java in 780 AD - 840 AD or around the 8th century. Borobudur is considered as one of the major Buddhist Pilgrimage sites. This complex building has nine stacked platforms, 72 openwork stupa each containing  a Buddha statue, 504 buddha statues, and around 2600 relief panels. The site was rediscovered 19th century and undergone restoration in the 20th century. This UNESCO World Heritage Building is then restored in 1970 after mount eruption.

Exploring the Temple Ground

Upon entering the main external gate, you will park your car in the parking lot where there are many small shops and food stalls are located. Then you will queue for temperature checking and go to the ticket counter to get the ticket. It is another 5-10 minutes walk to the centre of the monument. You can choose to go by foot or by the buggy (ticket priced at 25,000 IDR each) or even horse carriage. The buggy will then take you around the temple ground before stopping at the entrance stairs. Apart from the temple itself, you can also find several buildings around the temple ground. Borobudur Museum where you can learn more about the design and history, meditation centre, and elephant conservatory. The opening hour of Borobudur is from 6am to 5 pm and the ticket costs 50,000 IDR per person for domestic tourist and 350,000 for foreign tourist. To avoid queuing, You can book Borobudur ticket online here

The vertical division of Borobudur Temple into base, body, and superstructure with the concept of the Universe in Buddhist cosmology. It is believed that the universe is divided into three spheres, kamadhatu, rupadhatu, and arupadhatu. These spheres represent respectively the sphere of desires where we are bound to our desires, the sphere of forms where we abandon our desires but are still bound to name and form, and the sphere of formlessness where there is no longer either name or form. During the pandemic in 2022, unfortunately tourist can only tour the ground level and you can't go upstairs to avoid crowd. I hope one day soon we can go to the top part again. 

Hotel near Borobudur

There are several cool hotels near borobudur. There are the high end Amanjiwo located uphill with its breathtaking view or The Plataran Borobudur Resort Spa and The new modern Plataran Heritage Borobudur located just 10 minutes away. For a more intimate and affordable option, you can check out Rumah Dharma and Shankara Borobudur. There are also several restaurants on these hotels for dining, namely Patio Colonial, Stupa Menoreh, and Amata Resto. For alternatives you can try checking out Borobudur Silver Resto or Enam Langit.

Click the image below to see Plataran Heritage Borobudur



  1. What a beautiful place! Looks so serene!

  2. Borobudur Temple looks amazing, and I would love to visit there someday... Your article about it is the best review I have ever seen! Love your minimal outfit<3


  3. Looks like a great place to explore.
    Love your outfit too 💜

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  4. Hey there, I hope you're doing well!

    You always take us to marvelous and impressive places and Borobudur temple definitely seems like a place that I have to add to my bucket list. I loved that you captured a lot of interesting details through your lenses... I am so eager to travel again and I'd love to visit many places through Asia, but I need to save more money :) Thanks also for the hotel recommendations, Patio Colonial seems like the perfect place to enjoy this getaway at full!

    PS: Your outfit is perfect for an adventure or a getaway :)



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