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Discover the mystical allure of Borobudur Temple, the world’s largest Buddhist sanctuary, nestled on the island of Java, Indonesia. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this iconic monument captivates pilgrims and tourists alike with its rich history and outstanding architecture. Despite the challenges posed by volcanic eruptions, Borobudur stands resilient and preserved through careful restoration efforts. As you plan your visit to this site, consider securing travel insurance to ensure peace of mind on your journey through Indonesia’s spiritual heritage.

History of the icon

Constructed in the 8th and 9th centuries AD, Borobudur’s past is as mysterious as it is fascinating. Rediscovered in 1814 hidden under volcanic ash and vegetation, the monument's abandonment remains unexplained. While there are tales of bad luck associated with Borobudur, today it is a well-visited site, having undergone restoration to preserve its cultural significance.

How to get there

From Yogyakarta, buses run to Borobudur, but most tourists opt to hire a driver for convenience and to be time efficient. Once there, walking is the best way to explore the area, though shuttle buses and bicycles are available.

Opening times and prices

Borobudur is open from 4:30 am to 4:30 pm, depending on whether you have special passes, with an entrance fee of approximately 35 AUD. Private guides can be hired for an additional charge.

Borobudur Sunrise: 04:30 – 06:00 AM

Borobudur Pass: 07:00 AM – 17:00 PM

Borobudur Sunset: 17:00 – 18:30 PM

Other useful info

As a reclaimed site of worship, Borobudur hosts various events throughout the year, most notably Vesak Day. This special event commemorates the birth, enlightenment, and passing of Siddhārtha Gautama, the historical Buddha. Devotees and curious visitors gather to see the temple illuminated by lanterns, creating a magical atmosphere. It's advisable to check for any changes to opening hours due to special events.