Borobudur: Ancient Wonder in Java

By Mark Wiens 8 Comments

Borobudur is an ancient Buddhist temple in central Java, Indonesia.  It is a masterpiece of architecture with various levels, statues, stupas, and stone reliefs.  The temple complex comprises of three round platforms on top of six square platforms.  A Buddhist follower is to walk around each level of the temple following the 1460 narrative relief panels as a symbolic path to enlightenment.


According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Borobudur comprises of three prestigious qualities, making it a World Heritage Site.



Borobudur Temple Complex is now the most visited of tourist sites in Indonesia.  It is located about 42km from Yogyakarta and takes around 45 minutes to get there.

From Yogyakarta there are numerous tour companies offering various package deals, sometimes they also include the Hindu Temple Complex of Prambanan also near to Yogyakarta.

Local transportation by bus or motorcycle can also easily be arranged.


Though the heat was exceptionally strong due to the black rock radiating warmth, I thoroughly enjoyed walking around Borobudur, observing the ancient Buddhist reliefs, and admiring the artistic talents.  Although it has been renovated, and some blocks have been replaced and plastered, the ancient site still remains an incredible place to visit in Indonesia.

-Mark Wiens


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  • Filipina on Flip Flops

    15 years ago

    I loved Angkor Wat and the other temples of Cambodia and am looking forward to visiting this one! I guess I’m just a temple geek like that. 🙂 I’m actually going to Bali next year, and want to do a side trip to Borobodur. How long do you think will that take us, and will we need to fly?

    • Mark Wiens

      15 years ago

      I haven’t been to Angkor Wat yet, but can’t wait to get there. It would be easiest to fly to Yogyakarta but you can also take a bus, not if you are pressed for time. Borobodur is about an hour drive away from Yogyakarta and transportation can easily be arranged. You could do the temple in one day, but Yogyakarta is a great town to hang out in if you have a few more days. Thanks for the comment!

  • nomad4ever

    15 years ago

    Though I traveled extensively through Indonesia already, I never made it to Borobodur – yet. This is truly a not-to-be-missed place, so we have to make some time somehow to check it out next visit to Indo.

    Everyone who went tells how beautiful it is. The fact that it’s Buddhist, is even more astounding and puts it in the same league like Thai temples, Angkor Wat or Lao sites.