Well actually before the Prambanan trip, I actually visited the Borobudur. It is a Mahayana Buddhist monument near to Yogyakarta. It is located in Magelang, Central Java. The monument comprises six square platforms topped by three circular platforms, and is decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues. A main dome, located at the center of the top platform, is surrounded by 72 Buddha statues seated inside perforated stupa.
Hayashi and I walked around Borobudur and it seems like some of the Buddha statues are without head. Some were stolen as collector’s items and others were believed to be damaged by the Muslims in Indonesia. I am not sure how true it is but that’s what I was told.
It is around 45 minutes – 1 hour journey from Jogja city to the site. Well it depends on the traffic and driver’s skill. Our driver was very good. Honk all they way and I felt like in a roller coaster. We arrived less than 45 minutes. Here, I managed to get the local entrance fee as I spoke Indonesian to the ticket officer. The foreigner ticket is way too expensive as in Prambanan. Our cameras need a fee too.
The view was very beautiful. Here’s tip to avoid annoying locals who wanted to sell their goods. After visiting everything, DO NOT follow the board which will lead you to the exit (next to the gate you came in). You will need to walk very far plus go through many of local sellers which are selling souvenirs. Just follow the way where you came in and it is much nearer with no local sellers. The souvenirs that they sell are a little too expensive. Just bargain and if they do not agree, try to walk away. They will agree with the price. I bought 3 Borobudur Ashtrays with 5000 Rupiah as souvenirs.
Borobudur is a must and should not be missed if you are visiting Java Island. To get to the site, we booked a taxi (Toyota Inova) at a taxi counter at the Jogja airport. Transfer to the hotel + Borobudur + Prambanan + a lunch stop at a restaurnt + Transfer back to the hotel only cost around 2500 Baht. So we shared and paid 1250 Baht per person. The amount is too big so I quoted it in Baht here.