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The world’s largest Buddhist temple dominates the surrounding landscape. This ancient architectural spectacle is a must-see attraction on any Java itinerary.

Borobudur is not only Indonesia’s most famous temple, it’s the world’s largest Buddhist monument. Walk its many layers of balconies and admire its thousands of stone carvings and hundreds of Buddha statues. To appreciate the scale and detail of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s essential to see it in person. Photos are no substitute.

Like many of Java’s most significant temples, Borobudur dates back to the 8th and 9th century, with different parts built at different times. It was neglected for several hundred years due to the majority of Javanese converting to Islam. It would not come to popular attention again until the early 19th century.

Rise early and watch the sun come up over Borobudur from the nearby Setumbu Hill. This is an unforgettable sight sure to be a highlight of your Java trip. Afterwards, wander to the Chicken Church (Gereja Ayam). As its name suggests, it is modeled on the form of a chicken.

After seeing this strange little chapel, the grand spectacle of Borobudur will seem all the more impressive by contrast. Descend the hill and get an up-close look at this marvel. Climb all the way to the top in the manner that was originally intended. This involves walking the balconies clockwise in an upward spiral until you reach the top. Then stop to look out across the astonishing jungle vistas spread out all around you.

If you have some time to spare later in the day, visit Candirejo Village. Drive or taxi to the village from Borobudur in under 20 minutes or find one of the tour companies that offers combined tours of Borobudur Temple and this traditional Javanese village.

Alternately, walk to Selogriyo Temple. The temple itself is small, but the popular hiking route that leads to it winds through some of the area’s most beautiful scenery. Wear good shoes and be prepared for an uphill hike of an hour from Borobudur.

Borobudur is around an hour’s drive by taxi or rented car from Yogyakarta. There is a fee to enter the temple complex. Remember to dress modestly. Guided tours are widely available, offering extra insight into the history of this enchanting site.

Top Hotels in Borobudur

Plataran Heritage Borobudur Hotel
Plataran Heritage Borobudur Hotel
5 out of 5
The price is CA $138 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

This family-friendly Borobudur hotel is located in the historical district, within 3 mi (5 km) of Punthuk Setumbu and Borobudur Temple. Samudraraksa Museum and ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (101 reviews)
Quiet and Relax

"We booked a hotel car to pick us up from JOG airport and the driver managed to come early. We got the same driver when we booked the car to Borobudur and he was willing to wait for us until we finished the sunrise tour. Since it was low-season and the room was ready, we could get the room before ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 18, 2020

Plataran Heritage Borobudur Hotel
Plataran Borobudur Resort & Spa
Plataran Borobudur Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
Dusun Tanjungan Borobudur, Borobudur, Central Java
The price is CA $291 per night from Nov 8 to Nov 9

This family-friendly Borobudur resort is located in the historical district, within 3 mi (5 km) of Borobudur Temple, Punthuk Setumbu and Candi Pawon. Mendut ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (80 reviews)

"Beautiful Location, Beautiful Property. An Oasis of Tranquility. Villa was wonderful, very spacious and clean."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 4, 2020

Plataran Borobudur Resort & Spa
Borobudurhills
Borobudurhills
3.5 out of 5
Ngadiwinatan 2, RT 01/RW 04, Borobudur, Yogyakarta
The price is CA $56 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

Situated in Borobudur, this villa is within 3 miles (5 km) of Borobudur Temple, Samudraraksa Museum and Punthuk Setumbu. Candi Pawon is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) ...

4/5Very Good! (7 reviews)

"Comfortable and relaxing with spectacular view .very nice,and helpful host & crew . Delicious breakfast and dinner"…"

Reviewed on Dec. 8, 2019

Borobudurhills
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Borobudur

Borobudurhills
Borobudurhills
3.5 out of 5
Ngadiwinatan 2, RT 01/RW 04, Borobudur, Yogyakarta
The price is CA $56 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

Situated in Borobudur, this villa is within 3 miles (5 km) of Borobudur Temple, Samudraraksa Museum and Punthuk Setumbu. Candi Pawon is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) ...

4/5Very Good! (7 reviews)

"Comfortable and relaxing with spectacular view .very nice,and helpful host & crew . Delicious breakfast and dinner"…"

Reviewed on Dec. 8, 2019

Borobudurhills
Rumah Boedi Private Residence Villa
Rumah Boedi Private Residence Villa
3.5 out of 5
The price is CA $100 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

Situated in a rural location, this villa is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Candi Pawon and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Borobudur Temple. Samudraraksa Museum and Mendut Buddhist ...

4/5Very Good! (24 reviews)

"Villa is old. When using hair dryer electric power trip."…"

Reviewed on May 24, 2019

Rumah Boedi Private Residence Villa
Berkah Homestay Borobudur
Berkah Homestay Borobudur
The price is CA $38 per night from Nov 28 to Nov 29

Situated in Borobudur, this holiday home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Samudraraksa Museum and Borobudur Temple. Candi Pawon and Mendut Buddhist Monastery are also ...

Berkah Homestay Borobudur
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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