“No one saves us but ourselves.
No one can and no one may.
We ourselves must walk the path.”
Do you also have one of those places where you have always dreamed to go ? That place that for some unexplainable reason, it has a calling and makes you have this strong desire to book a flight from the other side of the world just to see it one day ?
Well, not all of us might have these crazy ideas, but I did
Borobudur is definitely one of the most impressive Buddhist monuments ever discovered and is located in Yogyakarta, a city in the central part of Indonesia called Java.
Although it might seem a little bit surprising, as the main religion in Indonesia is Islam, Borobudur is the biggest Buddhist temple in the world.
I had to take a trip to this place, even if it were for one day.
So I took a flight from Singapour to Yogyakarta.
- Indonesian People
They are AMAZING ! I wasn’t expecting to be that welcoming and with such a great sense of humor. During my stay, one of the hosts have been trying to learn Romanian, everyday new words and he was rocking it
Indonesia is home to the largest Muslim population in the world. When it comes to the religion, they have some quite strict rules. For example, they do not joke about caring or using drugs, the price is death penalty. But if you enter “clean” and behaving respectfully and with manners, you should not be worried about dress codes or customs. Just be humble and pay attention around you and capture the pulse of the environment.
- Sunrise up the hill
The day started early at 3AM with a sunrise that didn’t want to reveal itself behind the lazy clouds.
Though, we enjoyed a good view of the temple from faraway
and the fresh air of the morning.
There it is !!!!! 😀
Viewing from afar, UNESCO World Heritage Site the Borobudur temple compounds seems to be so perfect.
This masterpiece built in 800 AD is just impressive even though you can see many evidences of powerful earthquakes that struck off Java.
For example, Borobudur’s 247 of the total 504 Buddha’s status are losing their heads.
Why am I so fond of this place ?
Well, I also thought I was somehow aligned to the values that Buddhism shares. As I find it as one of the freest religion which gives you the freedom of choice and does not try to tie you with explainable needed traditions. I personally consider Buddhism is what you have experienced, is what life and karma has though you, but all aligned and put into this set of values applied to everyone. You can check more about it on my next post entirely dedicated to Buddhism.
Now, time to go to the next temple :
This Hindu Temple is located about 17 km away from Yogyakarta. It is just as impressive as Borobudur and quite similar when it comes to their structure and elements. But the history and the teachings are not quite the same, as we are talking about different religions. Parambanan is not one big building, but a complex of several temples, all hosting inside the statue of one legend. You have 3 main temples and the highest one is about 47 m high.
We were were lucky to benefit from a free guide tour given by some trainee students. The tour was much richer than expected
The Temples composing Parambanan suffered after earthquakes as well and they have been renovated, almost up to 80%, following the rules of UNESCO.
At that moment, there were 19 temples left and one in construction.
If your still have time, you can rent a bike to see other 3 small Buddhist Temples nearby.
Time to say Goodbye to Indonesia and head to Kuala Lumpur Not before saying “matur nuwum” to our lovely hosts.
I hope you enjoyed. Here’s some useful information :
Transport round trip to both temples 170 000 IDR ~11 euros
Entrance sunrise hill 30 000 IDR ~1.9 euros
(careful, not included, but they won’t mention it)
Entrance to Borobudur ~21 euros
Entrance to Parambanan ~21 euros
Homestay 2 nights : ~7 euros