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Trip Report Yogyakarta - Prambanan and Borobudur Travel Report

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My objective of visiting Yogyakarta was seeing two famous architectural wonders in Java: A Hindu temple and a Buddhist temple. I was told that tourists generally go to the Hindu temple for the sunset and the Buddhist temple for the sunrise. So that’s what I did, and I was hoping the weather would go well for the best view.

After we arrived at Yogyakarta airport, we had a limousine pick up from the hotel to the Sheraton Mustika Yogyakarta Resort and Spa - We reserved a “lagoon access” suite on the ground floor where the balcony is directly connected to the pool! We took some time enjoying the hotel facilities, made spa treatment appointments, and then we were prepared to head out and book our tours. About booking drivers and tours for Prambanan and Borobudur: http://wp.me/p5Lw9a-12f

We headed to our cooking class the next day at the Viavia (which is located in the dining area of the city), we had afternoon tea at the Paprika Restaurant in Phoenix Hotel, and we had spa treatments in the hotel. So relaxed. The fun of market visiting and taking a cooking class in Viavia: http://wp.me/p5Lw9a-vT

*Prambanan Temple*

The Prambanan World Heritage Compounds is the largest Hindu compounds in the Southeast Asia.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BBgDe6wCOEX/?taken-by=knycx.journeying

At about 3pm we were picked up by the driver at the hotel heading to the Prambanan temple for the sunset. Before entering the compound it reminded me very much of Angkor Wat, looking from afar. The puddles may have turned sand into mud they also formed gorgeous reflections of the temples. Rising above the Prambanan Plain in the center of these concentric squares are three Hindu towers decorated with bas-reliefs illustrating the epic of the Ramayana. The refined details in the sculptures and engraving survived the 2006 earthquake, were mystical and outstanding, they are the best representation of Hindu art in the nation.

For two hours, it was raining and we thought it was over. Just when the temple was about to close, everyone has left the site, there we had it – we saw a perfect sunset in between the temples of Vishnu and Shiva. It was the highlight of an ending of yet another simple, uneventful, but blissful day…
Check out knycx.journeying blog about the Sunset!: http://wp.me/p5Lw9a-12f

*Borobudur*

We ordered a breakfast box at 4am and the driver picked us up punctually. The temple is about 50 km away from the city center and we arrived at about 5:30am.

There are two locations for viewing the sunrise at Borobudur:

1. The Manohara Hotel Borobudur Sunrise tour – the Center of Borobudur Study is an agent organizing a sunrise tour that permits visitors to enter the temple before opening hours to view the sunrise.
2. Punthuk Stumbu is a ‘cheaper’ and ‘higher’ alternative to see the sunrise at Borobudur. Viewers could see the sunrise clearly over the misty Central Java jungle, with Borobudur looming out of a patchwork of green rice fields and swaying palms, and the sun rises in between Mount Merapi and Merbabu. It was epic!

Entering the temple park from the east gate, we climbed up to the top of the temple, where the tiny pagodas in different patterns are lined up in concentric circles. Then we are suggested to walk down the temple and walk around every level (pradaksina) clockwise. The original foot of Borobudur and Karmawibhangga reliefs is shown in the Southeast corner of the temple. Check out knycx.journeying blog about the Sunrise and more travel tip for Yogtyakarta~ : http://wp.me/p5Lw9a-12f

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