A temple you should not miss!
16.08.2019 - 18.08.2019 30 °C
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We visited Borobudur a few days ago and decided to stay there for one night. You can visit the temple the whole day, but they have special offers for the sunrise and sunset tour. This is a bit more expensive, but the view should be amazing. If you do not want to see the sunrise on the temple, but the temple in the light of the sunrise, you need to pay entry to Manohara Hotel and this is about IDR 475.000. There are a few very nice hotels in the area of Borobudur and we decided to see the temple on our way to the hotel and watch the sunrise the next morning from the hotel terrace. If you wanna do so, you need a early wake-up call around 4:30 am, but it is really worth to see it. Borobudur is surrounded by nice hills and when you wake up, you can see a lot of fog until the sun finds a way through the mist.
The temple itself is one of the most special ones we have ever seen. Built in the 9th century it is a Mahayana Buddhis temple and the biggest Buddhist temple worldwide. It is a Javanese Buddhigst architecture and shows the Buddhist believing in attaining Nirvana. The temple consists of nine stacked platforms, six square and three circular, topped by a central dome. It is decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues. The central dome is surrounded by 72 Buddha statues, each seated inside a perforated stupa. Ofcourse it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you walk around, compare the differences between the Buddha statues. They seem to be similiar, but they aren't. Five groups of mudra (hand position) represent the five cardinal compass points (North, East, South, West and Zenith). Every point and its mudra has a meaning according to it.
East = Calling the earth to witness
South = Benevolence, alms giving
West = Concentration and Meditation
North = Courage, fearlessness
Zenith = Reasoning and virtue
After our visit to the temple, we checked in at the Plataran Borobudur Resort & Spa. Actually, this was a surprise and present! We never ever stayed at a place like this. We had our own Villa with our own garden and pool. I cannot express, how beautiful our house and the whole hotel-area have been. For check-in we got a tea-time buffet and even a massage was included as well as a small photoshooting. We relaxed until the evening at our pool and had an amazing dinner later on. A group sitting next to us, payed to illuminate the Borobudur Temple at night, so we were lucky to have a wonderful view on it, even it was dark. The next day, we saw a great sunrise, had a wonderful breakfast and stayed until lunch break. I think, we will never forget that location!
But, unfortunately, we needed to move on...or move back...but more of this, the next time