Lucky me, i met four new friend from ASEAN Blogger Festival held in Solo last week. When they want to see sunrise in a place, i thought Borobudur is one of popular tourist destination in Indonesia to enjoy that. Just browsed some information, we found that the best spot to see sun rises from the up sky is Punthuk Setumbu Hills near Borobudur. Borobudur can easily reached from Yogyakarta. So, we ride motorcycle to go to Borobudur at 3.00 in the morning. Spend about one hour go through chilly temperature to reach that place.
How to Reach?
After fifty minutes ride, we reach Borobudur. Some motorcycle taxis will offer you to drive to Punthuk Setumbu Hills and they will charge you 25.000 – 50.000. It’s expensive! In fact, the road to Punthuk Setumbu isn’t too hard to find. After you pass the left side from the main gate of Borobudur, you will find intersection of three street, turn right and go through this smaller street until you find soccer field. Before soccer field, we will find intersection, just turn right and go through this way about 3 kilometers. We will see the sign “Punthuk Setumbu” in the right side and follow the small street until we find another sign to the village. Very easy, forget that expensive enticement from people there.
We were in hurry because the sun shine has breaking the darkness. In the parking area, we just bring all necessary think we will need to take sunrise picture and leave some stuff in the motorcycle. From the parking area we have to walk uphill about 300 meters and pay the entrance fee about 15.000 rupiah.
It was surprising me when i see Merapi Mountain and Merbabu Mountain adjoined, so amazing scenery that i never seen before. The sun rises right in the middle of the second mountain just like the pictures of the children when I was a kid
Borobudur lies twilight in the right side on the slop silhouette of Merapi. The temple appears behind the fog between hills poking along the foot of the mountain scenery. So beautiful
In the other place, Manohara Hotel also provide the facility to see Borobudur in the morning. But it’s quite expensive for us. For Indonesian people, they will charge 23 USD and 38 for another country visitor. We also can go in to the Borobudur complex before 6 pm to see the sunrise, but it will costs about 30 USD.
After the sun raised, we go to Borobudur Complex. After sunrise, it will charged normal entrance fee about 30.000 IDR.
Borobudur is the Mahayana Buddhist temple. Built in 9th century during the reign of Sailendra Dynasty. It’s the single biggest Buddhist temple in the world. The monument consists of six square platforms topped by three circular platforms, and is decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues. The main dome is the biggest dome, located at the center of the top platform, is surrounded by 72 Buddha statues seated inside a perforated stupa. The Buddhist use this temple to celebrate Waisak (Vesak Day). One of the most amazing celebrations helds yearly in Indonesia. In 2013, they will celebrate it at 26th May.
Thanks to #telkomselManado @kawanuablogger @eserzone @liquidracer and @mf_abdullah to allow me join you all in this trip