If you are in Jogja there is no way you can’t visit Borobudur. It would be like going to Paris and skip Eiffel Tower. Or to go to Pisa and walk only around the center. You HAVE TO see it.
Borobudur is a Buddhist temple from 9th century, the biggest and greatest one in the world. It’s made from stones, 6 platforms put one on another. On the highest platform there are 72 Buddha sculptures hidden in stone stupas. All of them except one miss a part of the body – a hand, a head, or just a finger. If you find the complete one you have to touch him and make a wish (I didn’t find him:(). It’s amazing how beautiful this place is!
Borobudur is also a destination of Buddhist monk pilgrims. They start at the bottom and then go all around the temple on every platform until they reach the top and nirvana.
We went to Borobudur on a motorbike, from the place where we stay it was about 1 hour driving. The trip was so great; on the way you see many rice fields, gardens, forests, all the nature cumulated around Jogja. Sooo cool!
Today was quite hot in the city but there… I give a shot that it was at least 15000 degrees. We had some scarfs on our heads, but we needed to rent an umbrella from a lovely old lady (30 cents can save your life!). The price was 10 times higher for us than for locals (of course), but it was not so bad. Definitely worth for what we saw after crossing the gates.
For Kev it was already the 4th time in Borobudur but I was IN LOVE. I would prefer it without all the people around, but still it was awesome. The old temple with so many small statues and details, all bitten a bit by time. Many people just go up the main stairs but we did a trip all around the platforms.
The heat really didn’t matter. It was so beautiful and the view was so amazing that I didn’t care about me being sweaty and dirty. After many photos and a lot of ‘oh wow!’ we went down and had a fresh coconut water before the trip home.
M & K