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After watching the Borobudur sunrise at Punthuk Setumbu, we headed to the vast Borobudur complex to see the magnificent Buddhist Statue and Temple. As the World’s Largest Buddha Temple and a UNESCO Heritage Site, Borobudur is on our must go list! 👍👍
It was so crowded from the entrance. This was the best shot we could take.😥
Finally, we managed to enter the Borobudur Temple Complex but here comes the start of another nightmare. It was over crowded, people mountain people sea! There were people everywhere! It was quite a shocking experience, far from the relaxing, spiritual temple that we were expecting.
The number of visitors at Borobudur was shocking. We wonder if the entire Indonesia population is here together with us.😱 What makes thousands of people travel just to see the masterpiece? Let’s check it out!
Here is the way up to reach the top of the Borobudur which is the main area. Really scary. Almost become like prata liao so many people kiamping us.
But NOTCHBAD gonna share with you a secret!!😂
The Secret Way Up to Skip the Crowd!!
What these people do not know is that there’s another route to reach the Borobudur top.
Hint! Those of you heading to Borobudur can check out the back of the temple where there is another stairway that brings you up. There is more than 1 way up! Don’t waste time squeezing with everyone in front!
There are 10 levels! The first to sixth level contains an array of six square terraces with the top 4 levels were in circular form!
As we walked up, somewhere between the first to sixth level, we found a peaceful spot to chill and take some photographs! 🎥
And of course, some jump shots!
On the way up, I noticed that some Buddha statue had missing arms or head. And here comes a stupid question from me.🤔
How come some of them got no hands some got no head? Is it purposely one ah?😅
I really thought it is the design! Sometimes I also wonder why I so dumb.
Actually, what makes it unique was that the Borobudur monument has survived for 1200 years and been through the Mount Merapi’s eruption, terrorist bombs and the 2006 earthquake. It is really astonishing that this Borobudur gone through so much but still stay strong! 💪 But of course, the temple undergone restoration between 1905 to 1910, and the last restoration was done in 1973 to 1983.
Finally, we reached the top of the Borobudur Temple and now we are back with the hundreds of people! But at least you can make your way up peacefully through the “backdoor”!
The top of the temple consists of countless huge stupas built on 3 tiers of the circular platform, with the monumental stupa at the top!
Even though the complex was huge, there was hardly any spot where we can capture photographs peacefully. And all 3 top level was packed!
In the beginning, we tried to look for a perfect spot for photo taking. We walked around, we waited for people to leave, we tried everything. After some time, we gave up as it was impossible to take a clean shot without anyone in your photo. The crowd never stop flowing and the dozens of heads became part of the Borobudur Temple. Most of our photos failed because we had to block people or the Stupas or Buddha statues were blocked.
Just when we were about to make our way out, we found a corner with no one!😊😊
Here comes our chance!!
At last, we managed to take some decent photos not too bad!☺
After returning down, we were exhausted as we woke up at 3 am for the Borobudur sunrise! We had ice-cream to recharge ourselves!!WOOHOO! ☺☺
To exit the Borobudur was another long walk! It was super far and we had to go through a long stretch of stalls literally selling the same thing. They sold Yogyakarta souvenirs, antiques, accessories, Buddha and stupas status, clothes etc. We felt that they are trying to trick us to buy something by making it compulsory to walk through the shops.
The Borobudur Temple is considered as one of the seven wonders of the world.
The massive crowd proved that Borobudur is indeed among the most popular tourist attraction in Indonesia! As the largest Buddhist monument in the world, it should be on everyone’s bucket list!
Have fun and have lots of fun in Yogyakarta!☺
UNESCO World Heritage Site- Borobudur Temple checked-in! ✅
More to go!😄
Price List here for your reference!