Borobudur is a ninth-century Mahayana Buddhist monument in Central Java, 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.
The monument is both a shrine to the Lord Buddha and a place for Buddhist pilgrimage. The journey for pilgrims begins at the base of the monument and follows a path circumambulating the monument while ascending to the top through the three levels of Buddhist cosmology, namely Kamadhatu (the world of desire), Rupadhatu (the world of forms) and Arupadhatu (the world of formlessness). During the journey the monument guides the pilgrims through a system of stairways and corridors with 1,460 narrative relief panels on the wall and the balustrades. Worldwide knowledge of its existence was sparked in 1814 by Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, the then British ruler of Java, who was advised of its location by native Indonesians. Borobudur is still used for pilgrimage; once a year Buddhists in Indonesia celebrate Vesak at the monument.
Excellent packages to Borobudur and surrounding. Most of visitors now only spend 2 hours in Borobudur. Yet there are potentials entertainments and uniqies, such as living harmony, local dance, village tours, mountain range, cycling adventure, etc.
Combine Borobudur and enjoy Jogja cultural city. Have chances to enjoy the temple and cultures of Jogja such as Ramayana Dance, batik home industry, silverworks at the village, craft center, visit the Sultan Palace, etc.
Another gate to Borobudur. The unique city also presents a lovely mountain route from Solo to the temple via Selo, between Merapi and Merbabu volcanoes. Enjoy beautiful scenery drive, tropical vegetables and daily life of local people. Solo is INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.
Combine your visit to this magnificent temple, Borobudur, then drive east ward for overland trip to Bromo. A beautiful sun rise. When have enough time, drive to the east part of East Java to reach Mount Ijen, then Kalibaru for Coffee plantation and cross the Bali strait to the paradise.