The Ultimate Guide to Visiting Borobudur Temple, Indonesia

The Ultimate Guide to Visiting Borobudur Temple, Indonesia

The Ultimate Guide to Visiting Borobudur Temple, Indonesia

The Borobudur temple is one of the best places to visit in Indonesia, so you should add it to your Java Itinerary.

It is one of the most beautiful monuments in Southeast Asia, like the Angkor Wat in Cambodia and the Bagan Temples in Myanmar.

The Borobudur is the largest Buddhist temple in the world!

See the Borobudur temple at sunrise and combine your visit with the magnificent Prambanan temple.

This ultimate guide to visiting Borobudur temple includes the best time to visit, how to get there, practical information, and entrance fees.

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Where is Borobudur Temple?

The Borobudur temple is located in Central Java, about 1,5 hours drive from Yogyakarta in Indonesia.

Why is Borobudur Temple famous?

The Borobudur is the largest Buddhist temple in the world and one of the most beautiful archaeological sites in Southeast Asia.

Did you know that Borobudur temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site?

Buddhists and many tourists come from all over the world to visit this important pilgrimage place.

Borobudur Temple History

The Borobudur temple was originally built in the 8th century during the reign of the Sailendra dynasty.

It was later abandoned, and the Borobudur temple was hidden under volcanic ash for centuries.

After that, it was rediscovered in 1814 by Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, and cleaning work began and continued until 1835.

After many years of restoration, the Borobudur temple was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991.

Borobudur temple has 72 beautiful Buddha statues hidden inside bell-shaped stupas.

Borobudur Temple sunrise

Best Time to Visit Borobudur Temple

The Borobudur temple can be visited all year round! But the best time to visit Indonesia is from May to October.

Borobudur temple is one of the most beautiful places in Central Java and is popular with locals and tourists alike.

Therefore, we recommend avoiding weekends and arriving at sunrise or sunset when you can enjoy the best panoramic views from Borobudur temple.

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In high season we strongly recommend booking accommodation and tours in advance!

Borobudur Temple, Java, Indonesia

How to Get to Borobudur Temple

As the Borobudur temple is located in Central Java, you will first need to get to the island of Java, in Indonesia.

The nearest major city to Borobudur temple is Yogyakarta, which is easily accessible by flight or train.

Yogyakarta has an International Airport, the Yogyakarta Adisucipto International Airport (airport code JOG).

There are many international flights from Singapore or Kuala Lumpur and domestic flights from other parts of Indonesia, such as Jakarta and Bali.

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Borobudur, Java, Indonesia

From Yogyakarta to Borobudur Temple

The distance between Yogyakarta and Borobudur temple is only 40 km, and the journey takes 1-1.5 hours, depending on traffic.

The best way to visit Borobudur temple is to take a day trip from Yogyakarta to Borobudur and Prambanan temples.

You can get to Borobudur temple by local bus or Grab (similar to Uber), rent a scooter, or join a guided tour.

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Borobudur Temple sunrise ticket
Borobudur Temple inside

How to Visit Borobudur Temple, Indonesia

You can visit Borobudur temple on your own, join a private or organized tour or take a taxi.

We rented a scooter in Yogyakarta and set off at 4 AM to Borobudur temple to catch the most beautiful sunrise in Indonesia.

Once you arrive, follow the signs and explore the beautiful carvings and stupas. It takes about 20 minutes to walk up the steep stairs to the top and at least 1.5-2 hours to wander around the Borobudur temple.

To get the most out of the experience, you can hire a private guide who will explain the history while walking around.

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Borobudur Temple Facts

What are the Borobudur Temple opening hours?

The Borobudur temple is open daily from 6:30 AM to 5 PM.

How Much is the Borobudur Temple entrance fee?

The Borobudur temple entrance fee is 387.500 IDR (25 USD) for adults and 232.500 IDR (15 USD) for children (aged 3 to 10 years).

Good to know
The Borobudur temple sunrise ticket price is 550.000 IDR (35 USD). The sunrise ticket includes a small gift and a delicious breakfast buffet.

Borobudur vs Prambanan

Tips for visiting Borobudur Temple, Indonesia

  • It’s safe to visit the Borobudur temple, and worth it.
  • Drones are prohibited at the Borobudur temple!
  • Spend at least 1,5-2 hours at Borobudur temple and explore the beautiful archaeological site.
  • Use sunscreen and wear a hat because there is little shade.
  • Bring plenty of water and some snacks.
  • You can visit the temples of Borobudur and Prambanan in 1 day.
  • The Borobudur temple complex is quite large, so wear walking shoes and comfortable clothes.
  • There is no dress code, but you should wear respectful clothing when visiting the temples.
  • Bring a sarong or borrow one at the entrance if they ask you to cover your shoulders or knees.
Sunrise at the Borobudur Temple

Prambanan Temple, Indonesia

After Borobudur temple, you should visit the largest Hindu temple complex in Indonesia, Prambanan.

Since the Prambanan temple is a 1.5-hour drive from Borobudur, it is well worth a visit.

The three main temples are dedicated to the most important gods, such as Shiva, Vishnu, and Brahma. Shiva’s shrine is the tallest at 47 meters and offers the most beautiful scenery.

Although Prambanan is also a popular attraction in Java, it is less crowded than Borobudur.

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Plan to spend 1-2 hours in Prambanan and explore the beautiful temples.

Prambanan Temple, Indonesia

What are the Prambanan Temple opening hours?

The Prambanan temple is open daily from 8 AM to 4 PM.

How much is the Prambanan Temple entrance fee?

The Prambanan temple entrance fee is 387.500 IDR (25 USD) for adults and 232.500 IDR (15 USD) for children.

Borobudur and Prambanan Combined Ticket

You can buy a combined ticket which gives access to Borobudur and Prambanan temples.

The combined ticket costs about 45 USD for adults and 27 USD for children.

Prambanan temple entrance fee

Borobudur vs Angkor Wat

One of the most frequently asked questions is which should I visit: Borobudur or Angkor Wat?

Angkor Wat is located in Cambodia, and the Borobudur temple is in Indonesia.

Both places are Unesco World Heritage Sites. Borobudur is the largest Buddhist temple in the world, and Angkor Wat is one of the most important archaeological sites in Southeast Asia.

You can visit the temples of Yogyakarta in 1 day, but you can spend up to several days exploring Angkor Wat.

In our opinion, both sights are worth a visit, but our favorite was Angkor Wat.

Angkor Wat Sunrise, Cambodia

We hope you found our Borobudur Temple guide useful and it will inspire you to visit Indonesia. If you have any questions or thoughts, let us know in the comments below.

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