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Borobudur

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  • Day30

    Auf zwei Rädern zum Borobudur

    October 2 in Indonesia

    Nachdem wir uns in den letzten Tagen kaum aus der Stadt bewegt haben, stand heute eine der beiden alten Tempelanlagen aussehalb von Jogja auf dem Programm.
    Da wir keinen Bock auf Busfahren hatten nahmen wir den Roller und fuhren damit zum 1.5h entfernten Tempel Borobudur. Die hinfahrt war dank Goggle unterhaltsamer als gedacht. Erstaundlicherweise sind hier aber fast alle Strassen in einem super Zustand und Schleichwege meist okay. Ausser, wenn man plötzlich über eine provisorische Bambusbrücke muss. 🤣 Allgemein hatten die Einheimischen wohl mehr Spass an uns als wir an der Fahrt, zwei Europäer auf einem Roller sind hier eine Seltenheit.

    Beim Tempel angekommen zahlten wir erst mal rin kleines Vermögen für die Tickets. (Sogar für europäische Messwerte war es teuer). Immerhin können wir kostenlos eine kleine Audio-Guideapp runterladen. Ein paar Minuten später stehen wir (und ganz viele Asiaten mit Schirmen) vor der riesigen Tempelanlage. Sie wurde vor 1200 Jahren erbaut und soll früher mal farbig gewesen sein. Borobudur ist die grösste buddhistische Tempelanlage der Welt. Mit viel Schweiss bezahlen wie für den Aufstieg auf die Pyramide. Da wir ja auch genug bezahlt haben schauen wir uns jedes Level der Pyramide an. (Natürlich im Uhrzeigersinn, wie das die Tradition verlangt) Die Anlage ist sehr eindrucksvoll uns lässt einem sehr klein wirken.
    Nach der Besichtigung informieren wir als einzige Besucher noch kurz im Museum über den Aufbau der Anlage.
    Durch den Feierabendvehrkehr geht es dann zurück nach Hause. Morgen werden wie uns die zweite Tempelanlage im Osten von Jogya anschauen.
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  • Day5

    Borobudur sunrise & Prambanan

    September 16 in Indonesia

    Um 04:00 Uhr wurden wir an unserer Unterkunft abgeholt, um nach einer Stunde Fahrt den Viewpoint für den Sonnenaufgang 🌅 zu erreichen. Der Anblick war atemberaubend. Im nebligen Tal war der Borobudur, der größte buddhistische Tempel der Welt, zu erkennen, welchen wir anschließend besuchten.

    Mit dem Minibus ging es nach der ausgiebigen Erkundung weiter zum Prambanan, einer der größten hinduistische Tempelanlage Südostasiens. Von Schulmädchen der lokalen Highschool wurden wir angesprochen und gefragt, ob sie ihr englisch in einer verbunden „Tour“ rund um die Anlage mit uns verbessern können. Gerne stimmten wir zu, ein Foto als Andenken musste es dann aber auch sein.

    Am Abend genossen wir die typischen lokalen Spezialitäten von Yogyakarta auf dem Nachtmarkt🍛.
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  • Day4

    Um 3 Uhr morgens aufzustehen hat sich gelohnt ❤️❤️❤️
    Die Anreise mit dem Moped (über eine Stunde) u der damit verbundenen mehrfach auftretenden Todesangst (Verkehr und Straßenregeln NOT) waren auf einmal wie weggeblasen....

  • Day76

    Indonesien - Borobudur Tempel

    July 19, 2017 in Indonesia

    Vorgestern sind wir im schönen Yogyakarta in Indonesien angekommen und gestern haben wir den Borobudur Tempel erkundet! Dafür mussten wir gegen halb 3 nachts aufstehen um dann pünktlich gegen halb 6 den Sonnenaufgang im Tempel zu erleben. Leider hatten wir kein Glück mit dem Wetter, es war ziemlich bewölkt und somit hat man nicht viel vom Sonnenaufgang gesehen. Gegen 7 Uhr morgens hatten wir dann aber strahlend blauen Himmel und dafür hatte sich das Aufstehen definitiv gelohnt! Es war auch mal entspannt bei nur 25 Grad einen Tempel zu besichtigen 😄Read more

  • Day26

    Yogyakarta - Borobodur

    November 6, 2017 in Indonesia

    Gestern waren wir mit Umsteigezeit ganze 3 Stunden mit dem Bus unterwegs zum Tempel Borobodur. Als wir dann um 16:55 Uhr endlich angekommen sind, wurde uns am Eingang mitgeteilt, dass der Tempel bereits um 17:15 Uhr schließt, wobei wir davon ausgegangen waren, dass er bis 18 Uhr geöffnet hat und wir somit noch den Sonnenuntergang miterleben konnten - Pustekuchen. Für 20 Minuten hätte sich die Tour durch den Tempel nicht mehr gelohnt und wir haben uns für wieder 3 Stunden auf den Weg nach Hause gemacht.
    Abends haben wir dann noch mit Tommy (einem Tourguide, den wir an unserem ersten Tag in Yogya kennengelernt haben) besprochen, dass wir am nächsten Tag gemeinsam mit seinem Auto dorthin fahren, damit wir den Tempel doch noch sehen können...und was sollen wir sagen? Es hat sich gelohnt! 😊

    Bevor es morgen dann weiter nach Jakarta geht, gab es dann noch mein neues Lieblingsgericht hier: Bubur Ayam (Reisporridge mit Hühnchen)! 😍😍😍
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  • Day29

    Borobudor

    July 5 in Indonesia

    At 4am we woke up for hopefully out last early morning getup. Today we are off to Indonesians version of Angkor Wat, Borobudur. It was about an hour and half ride away and Will bombed it down the whole way. We got there just in time for the ticket booth opening and before all the crowds. The temple was $25 to get in for foreigners and only $3 for locals so we were expecting big things. It was quite different from other temples we've seen but the question is was it worth it. Its a really difficult question to answer. Now to put in perspective Angkor Wat, a wonder of the world, was $37 to get in for the one day pass. During that visit we had a full 24 hours to see as many temples within the complex as we physically could. Also generally the cost of things in Cambodia was much more expensive. If completely honest although it is a beautiful site I don't think it was worth the $25 when this could pay for 5 days worth of food and lodgings for 2 people that is a lot! But anyway it was rather photogenic and I can understand why a lot of holiday goers come and why backpackers don't. I would still recommend people go but I don't agree with the price, when compared to other similar structures it is worth around the $15 mark.

    Next stop the chicken church! No that isn't a typo, there is actually a church shaped like a chicken not so far from Borobudur called Gereja Ayam. It was pretty hot and I was feeling tired so I let Will head up and sneak up to the church. Presenting Guest Write Willy P again...

    It was hardly sneaking... I simply walked off the main path and after a few seconds stumbled across a heavily walked trail. Following this went straight to the church. The church is quite strange, unsurprisingly for a building shaped like a chicken. I walked to to the top of the chicken's head and saw the view of Mount Merapi and Mount Merbabu. Inside there are many weird, low quality print outs of scenes from the bible. There is a room dedicated to anti drug paintings. Overall a fun 20 minute diversion!

    Pretty shattered and having had no breakfast we headed back towards Yogya picking up a Mango juice and Soto Ayam on the way. Then we had a nap 😊 OK it was definitely a danger nap of over 2 hours! We woke up went for Gelato and then for our last Bakmi dinner before heading back home to pack for our early flight tomorrow. Next stop Singapore.
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  • Day14

    Borobodur

    June 27 in Indonesia

    After an unplanned detour to Malang (it does sound too similar to Magelang 😁) we arrived a day later than planned in Magelang, close to Yogyakarta. There we got a hotel room for the same price as the homestays and guest houses that we were used to. This turned out to be a good thing because we could watch the world cup in the evening...
    After a few hours of rest we went out to see the nearby Borobodur Temple. Unfortunately we couldn't find a place to rent a scooter so we took a Grab (like Uber) to there. The entrance fee was with 25 USD very high for tourists compared to other attractions/temples. At least a drink was included ☺️ The temple complex is located pretty prominent on top of a hill and after two major restaurations in good shape. But there are public holidays so it was most of the time pretty crowded. We still enjoyed the trip and even found a calm spot on the backside of the temple to embrace the view. It's the largest Buddhist Temple in the world and of great importance. But there were no Buddhist monks around, just Indonesian Tourists who completely ignored every sign telling people not to smoke or sit on the pyramid steps...Read more

  • Day22

    Borobudur and Prambanan, Java

    October 14, 2014 in Indonesia

    We got up early again today (read 3.30 am) to see the sunrise above the famous Buddhist temple of Borobudur. We weren't as successful as last time since it was pretty cloudy. But it wasn't quite as cold as last time, relaxing 25℃ at 4 which turned into 32℃ by noon with the sun pretty much at its zenith.

    The view from Borobudur (built round 780 and abandoned not long thereafter) was still quite spectacular. You look from between the Buddha statues hidden in stupas on to the surrounding landscape - mountains and the valley - still veiled in mist. Great atmosphere, especially with the audible roosters from the surrounding villages! Don't know if the pics can really capture that - obviously not the sound.

    After that and a really spicy breakfast for 1 Euro per person our group of 4, us 2 and the Dutch couple from cooking class yesterday, moved on to the Hindu temple of Prambanan. Built around 900 to overshadow Borobudur in its greatness. Didn't quite workout if you ask us, but still pretty great. Also, it was heavily damaged by the massive earthquake in 2006. They are still rebuilding as you can see.

    Now, to get cap off our time in Yogjakarta, we are going to have Yoga class. Let's test Karsten's flexibility!

    P.S. We are hopping on a plane to go to Sumatra tomorrow. We are landing in Medan and will go straight to the village of Bukkit Lawang, which is basically in the jungle. So we don't know how the internet connection will be. So you might have to wait to read our posts until we are in Kuala Lumpur. We apologize for any inconvenience.

    P.P.S. 3rd picture upon request.
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  • Day20

    Day 20: Borobudur

    July 5, 2016 in Indonesia

    Yet another early start, as our alarms went off at 3:45! As I was waking up I could hear people in the corridor which seemed very strange, I'm so used to Australian and Western hotels being ultra quiet during the night (generally speaking at least). But I realised why when we got down to the lobby to meet our driver - the restaurant was packed, with more people than I'd ever seen in any of our hotel restaurants before! All the Muslim families were having their pre-fast meal, which is embarassingly obvious when you think about it.

    Our driver was waiting so we hopped straight in - we were the last pick-up so we headed immediately for Borobudur temple, about an hour north-west of Jogja. Not much to report other than the food carts were all out in the street with people eating before sunrise, and it was busier out than I expected. Other than that I just dozed so I don't remember much of the actual trip.

    Arrived at Borobudur by 5am and walked straight up to the top of the temple complex. Already plenty of people up there, but not too crowded thankfully. I think they only sell a limited number of tickets for the sunrise and it's much more expensive than the regular ticket, so it's probably out of reach for most Indonesians. Got a decent spot and settled in to watch the sunrise. It was probably a little underwhelming if I'm honest, as the horizon was a little hazy and the colours just weren't as vivid as they'd been at Bromo a few days earlier. I also had the shits a bit because I was trying to do a time-lapse video with the GoPro, but gormless idiots in flourescent outfits kept on standing in front of the camera! Overall it was a good experience and I'm glad we did it, but I wouldn't bother doing the sunrise again.

    Once the sun was fully up we set about exploring the temple and surrounds. This was probably the best part, as only a couple of additional tours arrive after sunrise until after breakfast, and the sunrise crowd was now spread out over the whole temple rather than clustered at the pinnacle.

    A bit of context - Borobudur is the world's largest Buddhist temple, and was constructed in the 8th century! That makes it a similar age to the Hagia Sofia, and significantly older than most of the famous sights in Europe outside of Rome. It fell into disuse around the 14th century when most of Java converted to Islam and was mostly buried in volcanic ash and jungle, and it wasn't until the British ruled Java briefly in the 17th century that it was excavated. Hard to imagine what they must have felt on uncovering it, real Indiana Jones type stuff!

    It's arranged into 9 levels, with the lower levels covered in inscriptions and bas-reliefs depicting various scenes from Buddha's life, along with examples of Buddhist laws and stories. We spent the better part of an hour wandering around the lower levels, marveling at the detail of the carvings and how well-preserved they were. We also returned to the top to look at the view in full daylight, and take a few photos of the bell-shaped stupas which Borobudur is most famous for.

    We had to be back at the nearby cafe by 8-8:30 for a quick breakfast that we'd already paid for, as straight afterwards we were going on a cycling tour of the local area! We ate (nothing spectacular), and then waited. And waited. And waited. Our driver and the cycling guide were both nearby, but apparently there was another couple of the cycling tour that weren't ready yet. By 9:30 I was about to start convincing the guides to just start without them, but they finally showed up! Apparently their ride from Jogja had arrived quite late and they'd had to rush around the temple a bit. A young couple from Ireland; once I'd gotten over my annoyance at their lack of punctuality I warmed up to them and they were actually quite nice.

    Cycling trip underway, we set off straight into traffic which was a little daunting! But despite the chaos, people are actually pretty reasonable - they don't give you much space but it's probably better than cycling in Sydney where bogans yell out the windows about how only faggots ride bikes and so on.

    First stop was a local market in the nearby town of Borobudur (yes the temple takes its name from the nearby town). According to our guide the market was normally fairly quiet and sleepy, but as today is the last day of Ramadan it was absolutely packed with people buying produce and supplies for their feasts tonight and tomorrow. Sort of like taking someone to Myer a couple of days before Christmas I guess! The market was full of fruits and vegetables, "fresh" meat (in the sense that its been freshly killed) and plenty of still-clucking chickens. Several stalls where people were selling farmed catfish - they kept them alive in tubs of water so they don't just sit out in the heat. At one point a catfish jumped out of a tub and started crawling across the market street!

    Very hot, very noisy, very crowded and very chaotic, but a great experience. Back on our bikes we turned down a few side streets and soon were in the rice fields that surround the temple. Fairly easy riding for the most part as it's on a flat plain, though there were a couple of small hills. Here we just around for a while, through little villages and along tiny streets, past the occasion shop and of course the always present rice fields. A few fields were growing other stuff too - tobacco, chillies, cabbages, papayas, bananas.

    Next stop was a local pottery workshop where a family just made bowls, stupas and other pottery items in their home. We all had a go at making a stupa which proved amusing - I was very awful at it as you'd expect!

    We stayed here for an hour or so chatting with the family and relaxing after our cycling exertions, but eventually got back on our bikes and headed back to Borobudur town to meet up again with the driver by around 2pm. We were all very tired by now but it had been a great ride. Hard to think of where all the time had gone, but we really enjoyed it!

    Passed the time on the ride back to Jogja by chatting with the Irish couple, they were in Indonesia for a couple of weeks for a holiday but were living and working for a year teaching English in Dubai. They both seemed reasonably well-travelled and were good to chat to.

    Back at the hotel we both showered and had a nap. We intended to go down to the Hotel Ibis rooftop bar on Malioboro Street to watch the sunset (and people launching end of Ramadan fireworks), but we woke up quite late and had to really hustle. Got a motorised pedalcab which was quite an experience since you sit in the front rather than behind the driver! Made it to the Ibis on Malioboro Street about 15 minutes before sunset, only to discover that the rooftop bar was actually in a different Hotel Ibis a couple of streets away! A very brisk walk and elevator ride, we made it to the other Hotel Ibis rooftop bar just in time to watch the sun set, though we needn't have bothered since it was hazy and the sun just sort of disappeared near the horizon.

    But it was still a nice stop, and we had a cocktail each while watching random fireworks shoot off around the city and listening to the muezzins do their thing (allahu ackbah x 12 officially marks the end of Ramadan and the commencement of Eid-al-Fitr or Idul Fitre as it's called here).

    Back out into the streets and the warm night air, neither of us were particularly hungry since we'd had a late room service lunch around 3pm. We contented ourselves with some satay sticks from a food cart (8 sticks for a dollar = bargain, though they aren't huge chunks of meat like you get in Australia) and then a pastry from a BreadTop imitation chain. Considered having an ice cream too, but the gelato place we'd seen a couple of days earlier was closed so we just walked back to the hotel, stopping briefly at a cafe for an iced tea/hot chocolate on the way.

    Spent a bit of time doing some planning in the evening since we'd gotten back to the hotel by 8pm. Today is the 5th and we have one more full day here in Jogja before a day of train travel to Jakarta on the 7th. Originally we were only planning on spending two days in Jakarta (it's apparently a polluted concrete jungle) before heading elsewhere, but our flight from Jakarta to Singapore isn't until the 15th. We were hoping to head for Raja Ampat in West Papua for a few days in between, but according to the internet July/August is the worst time of year to head there (heaviest rainfall and strongest wind), so not great conditions for snorkelling. Decided to put it off for another time.

    So we decided to just spend the full 7 nights in Jakarta, taking it easy. Although we've definitely done a lot of chilling out, Shandos has fallen well behind in her work and I've got enough footage for another two videos that I haven't had time to produce yet. So we booked a nice semi-fancy hotel in downtown Jakarta with good business facilities, and we'll just spend some time working and doing non-travelling things. I realise that taking a holiday from a holiday sounds ridiculous, but there aren't many things about this lifestyle that aren't ridiculous!
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Candi Borobudur, Borobudur, Borobuduro, ボロブドゥール遺跡, Candhi Barabudhur, Borobuduras, Borobodur, Боробудур, โบโรบูดูร์, 婆羅浮屠

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