This May, people will celebrate Vesak Day. I have no idea whether it’s also in same date around the world? But here in Indonesia, it will be on May 29. Usually on Vesak Day, people will plan a trip to Borobudur. Why? Because Borobudur temple is one of the famous and the biggest temple in the world for Buddhist people.
The attraction of celebrating of Vesak Day in Borobudur temple, Magelang, Central Java, it’s not only interesting for Buddhist people. People around the world, tourist from domestic and international also want to visit Borobudur and see the celebration of Vesak Day.
My journey to Borobudur wasn’t happened on Vesak Day, but it was a shinny beautiful day when I arrived Borobudur temple.
I reached Borobudur with a rental car from Jogjakarta. It takes around 1 hour from Jogjakarta city to Borobudur. Some people suggested me to stay in the hotel inside Borobudur area to easier catch the sunset, but the price is quite expensive for my pocket so I just stayed in Jogjakarta city and went there easily by a car. Actually, if you wanna go with the public transportation, it’s also possible. You can find bus to go to Magelang from Terminal (Bus Shelter) Giwangan or Terminal Jombor.
Arrived in Borobudur, I was welcoming by some souvernir seller that for me it’s so annoying. This is what I can tell honestly I don’t really like if a history place full with people who insist us to buy something. Better for them to put their stuff in a store and let people who are interest come to take a look, shop and buy something.
Another strange thing that I found as a local here also a ticket price discrimination between local and foreigners. While local can come inside after pay Rp. 30.000 ($ 3), foreigners need to reach their pocket for $ 20/person. While a friend of mine who is western asked about it, I also a bit shame with this discrimination. From the enter gate to the temple it’s quite far to reach with walking. If you are feel fit, you can walk and enjoy the view. If not, there’s a special car to take people to the temple with a cost Rp. 5.000/person ( 50 cent). I think with such an expensive ticket price, that’s a normal if they supply a car facility for us to go inside. A bit weird, I know.
Despite of all the awkward price, Borobudur temple is really a worth to visit while you are in Indonesia or precisely in Central Java. It’s a huge temple that constructed since 750 AD, in total, the large of the temple area is 2.500 m². This building listed as one of UNESCO Heritage Site and part of 7 wonders of the world.
The atmosphere in Borobudur also so peaceful, you can just sit there, enjoying the view of Jogjakarta and a Merapi (Volcano) mountain from far away or take a look in details about beautiful relief in the walls of the temple, that I believe contain with lots of interesting story and knowledge. Borobudur has many stupas and Buddha statues seated that some already ruined but still beautiful. Near with the edge of the temple, there is a special stupa called Kunta Bima that located inside of the stupa. People believe if they can touch the stupa so their wish will be come true.
I love Borobudur and always think this temple look so fat as a male, while in other side of the city, there is a Prambanan Temple (Hindu) that look so slim such as female figure 😀
Why don’t you grab your ticket to go here for celebrating the incoming Vesak Day? I’m sure Borobudur is a great place for spending your special day in Indonesia.