Borobudur Temple (also known as Candi Borobudur) is a bad ass Buddhist temple located in Central Java, just outside of Jogjakarta. It was built in the 9th century and is one of Indonesia’s most visited (and photographed) tourist attractions. The badassery of this destination means it will be a powerful memory and great selfie background to show jealous friends for years to come.
Borobudur has spent the last 1100+ years in the shadows of active volcanoes and earthquakes in the region; Recently, idiot-terrorists have detonated bombs on the property, damaging areas of it. Thankfully the UNESCO community supports this awesome place and those awesome peeps were able to raise money to restore and continue operations for the world to see.
Throughout the years, the visitor traffic has taken a toll on the structure. The stone stairs have worn to the point where they had to be retrofitted to withstand the daily visitor traffic.
Bring a good camera and you’ll snap some absolutely amazing pictures of this amazing destination.
Know before you go
- As stated before, this place is one of Indonesia’s most visited attractions, so you’ll have to deal with lots and lots of tourists
- If you’re looking to avoid some of the thousands of tourists who visit this site every day, plan on visiting at Sunrise or after 07:00.
- The temple has narrow, very steep stairs that make moving around the complex challenging. Avoid this place if you have any mobility problems.
- Borobudur Temple is ~60 minutes away from Jogjakarta. Traffic sucks in Indonesia, so budget in your commute time.
- If you’re looking to stay closer to Borobudur, the Manohara Resort Hotel is literally right next to the temple.