Borobudur: Beautiful Temple Surrounded by Venders

Buddhist Temple

January 2020

Borobudur information

Pronounced “bore O bud ur”

Cost

International Ticket $45 USD or 600,000 IDR. This is for both Borobudur and Prambanan entrance over 2 days.

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The Temple

  • Borobudur is a 9th-century Buddhist temple.
  • 10 levels or terraces encircle the entire building. Beautiful bas-reliefs decorate the walls.
  • It was rediscovered in 1814 by the British ruler of Java. Unfortunately, many of the statues and other artifacts were taken into private homes.
  • During Borobudur excavation, archeologists discovered color pigments of blue, red, green, black, as well as bits of gold foil, and concluded that the monument that we see today – a dark gray mass of volcanic stone, lacking in color – was probably once coated with varjalepa white plaster and then painted with bright colors, serving perhaps as a beacon of Buddhist teaching.” Wikipedia source

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Beautiful

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The Vendors

The first thing you notice in the parking lot is the individual sellers. Pretty much sell the same things: hats, sunglasses, toys, T-shirts, magnets. Be warned, they can get a little aggressive and follow you.

Once you’re in the National Park itself, there might be one or two but nothing crazy.

When you exit, it sends you through a maze of buildings that are full of vendors. It was big enough that it took me 10 or 15 minutes just to get out.

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At the very top of borobudur

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Final Thoughts

This is a must-see. I was a bit disappointed with all the vendors, selling and hawkers. It really takes away from the feel of the place.

Once inside the grounds, you get to the temple and there’s a feeling of peacefulness and tranquility. Make sure that you walk around each terrace, the reliefs are stunning and exquisite.

The museum is nothing to rave about. Basically, two or three rooms with information in Indonesian and English. A few exhibits about Borobudur but nothing that really showcases the temple or the history that goes with it.

I left exhausted, sweaty, and exhilarated. I lost the exhilarated part after running the maze of T-shirts and junk. I understand they need to make a living but I would rather it be less insane when you leave.

I think I had expectations Borobudur being a Living Museum. It’s still completely worth it.