Borobudur and Prambanan complexes are famous temples near the town of Yogyakarta. They are both huge and stunning World Heritage sites in Indonesia. They are must stops in your trip to Indonesia, so you can visit Borobudur and Prambanan in one day.
Flight from Jakarta to Yogyakarta
I arrived in Yogyakarta (or Jogja for short) around 9 pm. The main reason to visit this city is that here are located two of the most beautiful temples in Indonesia – Borobudur and Prambanan. The flight from Jakarta was one hour. Sesilia, the hostel owner of See You Soon Backpacker Hostel, had offered to pick me up from the airport. She was a young twenty-year-old girl, filled with so many dreams and plans for life. Her smile was shining and beaming happiness and positive energy. Sesilia is one of those people, who charm you extremely fast and they infect you with positive thinking. On the way there, she told me about her first trip outside of Indonesia. She had visited a part of the islands in Thailand and enthusiastically shared about her experiences there. Like many people who love to travel, Sesilia’s dream was to travel the world one day. For the moment, however, she was trying to develop the hostel, which had opened only a couple of months ago. Although it is only for six people and it is not the typical party hostel, it was her little place and it had its charm.
Borobudur and Prambanan in One Day
The alarm went off exactly at 3.15 am and I had about 15 minutes to get ready before the bus driver for the tour would arrive. However, he was already in front of the front door which forced me to hurry up even more. We got on the bus and we drove off. Prior to that, I had reserved a tour for visiting the two temples – Borobudur and Prambanan in one day. The driver left us in the place, where a bus full of travellers from all around the world was waiting.
To greet the sunrise from the temple, you will have to get to the Manohara hotel. This is the only hotel, located nearby a Buddhist sanctuary and it is the only one accessible. The hotel is located nearby the temple. At the entrance, they will give you a flashlight and this way you will be able to walk up to the temple when it is still dark. You will have to reach it, to climb on the steep stairs and find a place to meet the sunrise, because there are hundreds of tourists. Another place to watch the sunrise is the Setumbu hill, which is located at about 4 kilometers west from the Borobudur temple.
- Borobudur Entrance Fee: 450 000 IDR (€ 28.50)
- Prambanan Entrance Fee: 325 000 IDR (€ 20.70)
Sewu Temple (Candi Sewu)
Sewu Temple was part of our Borobudur and Prambanan in one day tour. Sewu is a Buddhist temple, built around the 8th century. It is located only 800m north of Prambanan. Although they are very close, there were never conflicts between the Hinduists and the Buddhist pilgrims.