The Sunrise Tour is managed by
Manohara Hotel, which charges (tourist rate) 400,000 rupiahs per entry for
sunrise period, and only 200,000 rupiahs (if I’m not mistaken) for ‘after
sunrise’ period, which is essentially after 7am, GMT+0900. Manohara guests are
charged differently though, which you could find out by contacting them at
I opted for the Sunrise Tour for
|Entrance tickets and the sarong. Flashlight also included :)|
I was swayed
by various blogs and sites that the sunrise view in Borobudur is worth every
crowds, more camwhoring opportunities.
visit with less scorching and blinding sunrays.
The other end of the spending
option for tours is getting a private English speaking tour guide, and a driver
for the entire trip. That means, flexible timing on your part. Of course, the
pricing again differs from a hefty 500,000 rupiahs to 1,000,000 rupiahs per
person, depending on how you want to mix and match your tour needs.
We opted for a tour via online, since
I preferred getting all the tours in place and order before the actual tour.
The trip started at an ungodly hour of 4am, with the tour guide, Pak Irwan
arriving at the hotel to pick us up. Driving in the dark, and navigating the
roads here I would say requires experience and unless you’re a local, or with a
local, you’re better off driving when it’s slightly brighter in the day. It
took us about an hour to arrive at Magelang from Yogyakarta central, where we
signed up at Manohara Hotel and given an entry ticket, torch light and sarung
each. The sarung was meant to put on as a sign of respect to the temple.
We were lucky that there was not
many tourists when we went up that day (at around 5-ish). Making the way up in
the dark isn’t exactly scary, I felt tranquil heading up the magnificent
architecture with the main stupa vaguely visible on top of the Candi. At the Arupadhatu
level of the temple (highest level), we made ourselves comfortable at a spot facing
Mount Merapi and waited patiently for the sunrise to appear.
Few notes to take, if you’ve got
a hunch or know that the weather is gloomy or wet, don’t disappoint yourself by
getting the Sunrise Tour. If you’ve prearranged the tour ahead, you can talk to
your tour guide to opt for the after sunrise entry (if you’re adament of
entering Borobudur) so that your cash does not go to waste. Rules of thumb, food are not
allowed in the site, and be respectful of the other visitors around there. We
were comfortably sitting at our spot while Pak Irwan was explaining the history
and sharing stories of Borobudur and Mt.Merapi when a Caucasian lady rudely
shhhed us. I wasn’t provoked per se, but was kind of irritated with the way she
does that. Oh, Madam Righteous was all about respect, and respect was what she
failed to give when she openly munched her breakfast despite being forbidden
from doing so. I wonder how she passed through security clearance. Pfft.
Sunrise. It is really depending
your luck, really, to get that picture perfect moment of the round sun figure
and the amber sky. We however were deprived of all that, but we counted our
blessings since the weather was fine enough for us to get a clear view of
Merapi and the Candi surroundings.
We then walked around the temple
like how thousands of Buddhist pilgrim in Indonesia does, by entering from the
East entrance and walk around clockwise. Representing the Buddha’s Sphere of
Formlessness, unembellished stone walls surrounds this higher terrace, with the
main stupa itself is empty and said to symbolize nirvana. 72 Buddhas scuptures
resides individually inside the stupa with surrounds the main stupa. Some of
the stupas were exposed though while many remained intact which we will have to
peek inside to see the Buddha statue.
The stupas architectures, stories
carved on the walls and Buddhist sculpture really mesmerized me. You don’t
exactly have to be a staunch Buddhist to appreciate what I consider to be one
of the Ancient Wonders of the World.
We slowly descended to the
Rupadhatu level, where the Life of Buddha from heaven descend till
enlightenment was immortalized on wall scupltures. Among the 504 Buddha
statues, a lot of them are beheaded due to vandalism and nature disaster but
many of them are still intact. Each statue displays a mudra, or hand gestures
with depicts the four directions including central.
East – Mudra
calling the earth to witness
Gesture of Blessing
Gesture of Meditation
Gesture of Fearlessness
Gesture of Teaching.
|Behind Sharky there are tourists actually :P|
As the hours passed by, the
weather is getting warmer and the tourist influx started coming in
progressively. Exiting the temple site,
you WILL be pestered by the locals to purchase souvenir, which you can politely
decline if you don’t wish to purchase them.
Before leaving to our next
location, we were treated with a complimentary light breakfast by Manohara
itself. Nothing fancy, just a light bite to freshen us a bit. And oh, there’s
actually Wi-Fi at the cafe, though don’t expect High Speed Broadband alright?
Before heading to Prambanan, we
made stops to another two other Buddhist candi around Borobudur’s vicinity,
namely Pawon and Mendut. Pawon, is said to served
to purify the mind prior to ascending Borobudur. The exact reason of the
construction of this candi remains speculative. The slightly larger candi than
Pawon, Candi Mendut is alligned with Pawon and Borobudur.
Three beautifully carved large stone Buddha statues are in
the main division. The 3 metres tall statue of Dhyani Buddha Vairocana was meant to liberate the devotees from the bodily
karma, at the left is statue of Boddhisatva Avalokitesvara to liberate from the karma of speech, at the right is
Boddhisatva Vajrapani to liberate from karma of thought. These
divinities are said to be the spiritual purpose of the temple establishment.
|Stairs of Borobudur|
|Inside Candi Mendut|
The passage of rites, during Wesak, Buddhists in Indonesia
will start their journey from Mendut, crosses through Pawon and finally
ascending Borobudur. This might be a whole new intriguing experience that I
might sign up for future Wesak Days. Who knows.
Next stop, Candi Prambanan. As we said Selamat Tinggal to the
Buddhist architectures here, we are set in mind to be amazed by the Hindu
influenced temples of Prambanan.
gosh i really really really would like to visit this place! And ur pictures are so pretty!ReplyDelete
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