Borobudur, March 24, 2012
This is my second time, waiting for sunrise at the top of Borobudur Temple, Indonesia. The first time is around 4 years ago, when I have to talk in the Seminars. At the first time, I have nothing, because its rain and the dark cloud is really bold at the horizon where the sunrise should be came. This second time is better…., event the heavy dark cloud there, but there is a small space for the sunshine to appear. The part of orange sky is not too much, most of them are dark blue. At this moment, I visit Borobudur with my family (my wife and my children).
I want to share how to go there. Most people from over the world usually visit Jogjakarta, the nearest big and famous city to this temple. Borobudur is one hour from the center of the city in early morning. You have to find transportation from any point to go to Borobudur. Just for example, from 4-5 star hotel you have to pay Rp 600.000 (around 65 USD) to rent a car to Borobudur for around 4 hours. You can share this price with your friends. You have to go from the city at 4 in the morning, so at 5 you will be arrive at Borobudur.
The normal gate will be opened at 6, so its impossible to see the sunrise from the top of Borobudur. You have to go to Manohara (Center of Borobudur). There is a special program there to see the sunrise. You have to pay around 25 USD per person, and you will got ticket to go to the top, the lighting battery, they are borrowed you a batik to wear at the half bottom of your body (see the picture), entering the museum, and a coffee morning after you go back from the top.
After wearing the batik, someone will guide you up to the gate entrance. Then you can go easily to the top, because its just straight upstairs up to the top and a lot of people there. If you need more guidance, you have to ask when you buy a ticket. I don’t know, how much money have to spent for a special guide. There are many guide that can guide you using many languages: English, France, Japanese, etc. The whether usually not too cold. You can use normal cloth.