Amazing! Borobudur Sunrise tour the best way

The morning charm at Punthuk Setumbu hill Borobudur

Amazing! Borobudur Sunrise tour the best way – I spent a quick weekend in Yogyakarta before going to Jakarta for work and made a list minute decision to do the sunrise visit to Borobudur. If you have the time I would suggest staying closer to the temple so you don’t have to get up SUPER early.

I was picked up from my hotel at 3:30 AM, arrived at the Manohara hotel (where you buy tickets) around 4:30 AM. And then made my way over to the temple. It was raining (they provide ponchos). While the weather was a bit upsetting at first it added to the ambiance of walking up the temple in the early hours of the day. The sunrise was at 5:40, but I strongly suggest heading over to the temple site earlier as the east facing side of the temple gets crowded.

My only regret is not better planning where I wanted to be for the sunrise. Loads of people were everywhere and it made it hard to get a picture/enjoy the moment.

Borobudur Sunrise Pros :

– get in before public (made my experience much better than my visit the day before at Prambanan)
– get to explore in early sunlight. Gets very hot during mid day.
– head back to the Manohara after (& avoid the market) for snacks. Refreshment area has a nice view of the temple from far away.

Borobudur Sunrise Cons :

– costs
– have to get up very early

Borobudur Sunrise Cost :

–  sunrise ticket
– driver for 5 hrs from Yogyakarta

Overall: you will be happy you went. Feels a bit touristy at times, but sunrise experience is very unique. A local guide isn’t necessary. The pamphlets provided give a nice run down (diagram, map, explanations of mudras)

our guests’ reviews at TripAdvisor

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    7/17/2019

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    7/28/2018

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    9/17/2018


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