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TRAVEL: A Lifetime Vacation at Borobudur
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A Lifetime Vacation at Borobudur
By Nikita Jaeger

BT 201909 TRAVEL 32

Borobudur is the biggest Buddhist temple complex located at Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. It is a gigantic architectural monument and very popular amongst the Buddhists. Other than international tourists, this place also receives thousands of Buddhist tourists and monks every year. For those who enjoy being around history and spirituality, Borobudur is a must-see.

BT 201909 TRAVEL 35On the background of the complex, you can find the live volcanoes, Mount Sundoro and Mount Sumbing on the western side and Mount Merapi and Mount Merbabu on the eastern side, which of course augment the thrill of visiting this beautiful historical monument. The November 2010 volcanic eruption of Mount Merapi buried the temple all over again after the massive restoration works carried out by UNESCO and the Indonesian government in 1970.
 

It has survived multiple earthquakes and also many bomb attacks. Presently the temple is all covered with greenery and mountains, which make it look strikingly magnificent. Once you visit Borobudur, the beauty of the place will force you to spend a few days here in discovering every single part of it.

BT 201909 TRAVEL 36婆罗浮屠位于东南亚的印度尼西亚的日惹,在日惹西北40公里处的高地处。大约于公元750年至850年间,由当时统治爪哇岛的夏连特拉王朝统治者兴建。"婆罗浮屠"这个名字的意思很可能来自梵语"Vihara Buddha Ur",意思就是"山顶的佛塔"也称为“千佛塔”。
 

这座位于印度尼西亚爪哇岛的佛教寺庙,是世界上最大的佛教纪念碑,婆罗浮屠与长城、泰姬陵、吴哥窟并称为古东方四大奇迹。这座寺庙建于9世纪,在夏连特拉(Syailendra)朝代统治期间,其古普塔(Gupta)建筑风格的设计反映了印度对该地区的影响,但结合了足够多的本地风光和元素,使婆罗浮屠有了独特的印度尼西亚特色。整座寺庙庄严地坐落在山顶上,俯瞰郁郁葱葱的绿色田野和遥远的山丘。

BT 201909 TRAVEL 37Visa Requirements

If you are willing to give a visit to this alluring place, first thing required is an Indonesian visa. Visa is not an issue if you are planning a trip to Indonesia. The Indonesia Government issues visa on arrival; however, you can also get the procedure done before your visit. One can effortlessly get the visa for Indonesia online. You can quickly get the application online.
 

To complete the process, you will need certain documents like your valid passport, 2 passport size photographs, 2 filled visa application forms, copies of recent bank statement, a statement explaining your reason for travelling and an authorised letter from your employer stating that you are their employee, if you are on an employment visa. You need to attach the documents, and your visa will be ready for you in a few days.
 

You have to pay US $35 as visa stamping fees for visa on arrival. And if you find the place more attractive than your thoughts and plan to extend the visa date, in that situation you have to pay USD 61.5 for an extension in the Immigration office.
 

Indonesia grants 30-days free non-extendable visa on arrival for nationals from 169 countries, which include citizens from the USA, part of the EU, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, etc. Only limited airports allow you to enter and exit Indonesia with this visa. It cannot be used in the land border posts.

BT 201909 TRAVEL 30签证

如果您愿意访问这个诱人的地方,您首先需要的是印尼签证。如果您计划去印度尼西亚旅行,签证不是问题。印度尼西亚政府发放落地签,当然您也可以在访问前完成签证。人们可以毫不费力地在线获得印度尼西亚的签证。

BT 201909 TRAVEL 31How to reach Borobudur

Flight service: Getting Borobudur is not a tough task as it is just an hour ride away from Yogyakarta, one of the popular cities in Indonesia. From Jakarta International Airport, you can take a flight to Yogyakarta, and it will be only 50-60 minutes of air travel. From there, one can easily reach Borobudur via taxi, bus, or car.
 

Road transport: Indonesia offers excellent road transport services for Borobudur tourists. You can comfortably reach Borobudur by public transport buses from Yogyakarta. The bus services start from Jombor bus terminal and will take one or one and a half hour to reach Borobudur, and from there it is a 5 minutes' walk to the temple complex. The one-way fare will be Rp. 25,000. Besides bus services, you can have the options of minibus and taxi car services and many such services offer package tour in association with tour operators.
 

Train service: Tourists can also reach Borobudur by train up to Yogyakarta, which is one of the busiest Central Java railway stations and from there you need to hire a taxi or depend on bus transfers.
 

搭乘飞机:到达婆罗浮屠并不是一项艰巨的任务,距离印度尼西亚最受欢迎的城市日惹仅一小时车程。从雅加达国际机场出发,您可以乘坐飞机前往日惹,乘飞机只需50-60分钟。从日惹,您可以乘坐出租车,公共汽车或开车轻松抵达婆罗浮屠。
 

搭乘汽车:印度尼西亚为婆罗浮屠游客提供优质的公路运输服务。您可以从Yogyakarta乘坐公共交通巴士轻松抵达婆罗浮屠。巴士服务从Jombor巴士总站出发,需要一个半小时到达婆罗浮屠,从那里步行5分钟即可到达寺庙群。
 

搭乘火车:游客也可乘坐火车前往日惹,这是爪哇最繁忙的火车站之一,从那里您需要一辆出租车或乘坐公交车。
 

Things to do at Borobudur

BT 201909 TRAVEL 03Enjoy the beauty of Selogriyo Temple

Selogriyo Temple, locally known as Candi Selogriyo, is a small and capturing Hindu temple, located on the hilltop stand, graciously engulfed by the natural environment. A two-hour trekking through the terraced paddy fields and fruit plantations will take you to the hilltop. On top towards your west is the imposing Mt. Sumbing, and on the other side you can see the Andong, Merbabu, Merapi, and Telomoyo mountains.

BT 201909 TRAVEL 04Selogriyo寺

Selogriyo寺庙,当地人称为Candi Selogriyo,是一座小型的印度教寺庙,位于山顶上,被自然美景环绕。两个小时的徒步旅行,穿过梯田和水果种植园,将到达山顶。

BT 201909 TRAVEL 09View the sunset from Prambanan Temple

Watching the sunset in its full beauty is a scene you should not miss when you are at the Prambanan temple. A one-hour ride from Yogyakarta city will take you to the temple. The temple of Prambanan is 154 feet tall, and its architectural works are breath-taking.
 

Prambanan temple complex has three zones, the outer most zones, middle zone, and the inner zone. Out of the three, the inner region is the holiest one consisting of eight main temples and eight small shrines. The three main inner shrines stand for Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva, who are the creator, keeper, and destroyer respectively, as per Hindu belief.

BT 201909 TRAVEL 10普兰班南寺庙群

普兰班南大约建造于公元850年。距离日惹市约18公里,是联合国教科文组织的一处世界文化遗产,也是东南亚最大的印度教庙宇。它的独特之处在于其高耸的尖顶建筑、印度教建筑的典型风格和高达47米的中心建筑。普兰班南寺庙群是印度尼西亚最大的湿婆神建筑群。供奉着印度教的三位主神湿婆、毗湿奴和罗摩。普兰巴南是现今印度尼西亚境内最大、最美丽的印度教庙宇,是记录印度尼西亚人祖先灿烂文化的载体。
 

当您停留参观普兰巴南寺庙时,不要错过观看日落的美景。从日惹市乘车一小时即可到达寺庙。

BT 201909 TRAVEL 14Visit the Mendut Temple

Mendut Temple features 9.8 feet statue of Buddha. What makes the Buddha statue at Mendut Temple different from other statues is that Lokesvara and Vairapana, Bodhisattvas flank it. The statue here is sitting on its both feet in a western style. It looks the best during the night light under the open sky.
 

The temple is 3.5 km away from Borobudur temple, and you can reach the temple site by bus or taxi.

BT 201909 TRAVEL 13门杜寺

这座高雅精致的寺庙位于婆罗浮屠东边大约3.5公里处,尽管与它非凡的邻居婆罗浮屠寺相比,它看似微不足道,但是在其原始的建筑内保存着爪哇所有寺庙中最杰出的雕像:一尊宏伟的3米高的佛像,它的两边还有两尊菩萨像,左边是观世音,右边是Vairapana。有趣的是,佛像本身的姿势也值得留意,不是常见的莲花坐姿,而是西式的坐姿,两只脚都放在地上。门柱寺于1836年被发现,1897年至1904年间由荷兰人帮助其修复。寺庙外墙上雕刻着的优雅的浮雕,同样也属于印度尼西亚印度-爪哇艺术品中最精美且规模最大的典范。在夜间观赏雕塑尤其令人难忘。当聚光灯照向夜晚的天空时,心中仿佛就会充满一种超自然的精神力量。如果天黑后与一名当地导游一起前往,这里的守卫就会允许旅行者进入。

BT 201909 TRAVEL 16Relax at the Spa

Travelling can be a little exhausting and after so much of fatigue, what can be better than spending some calm and relaxed moments at the Spa. Here one can enjoy the exquisite Spa, exceptional cuisine, and yoga. The ambiance of the Spa will take your all-day stress away. Lay down easy and let the traditional methods do its magic on you.

BT 201909 TRAVEL 18在水疗中心放松身心

旅行可能会有点疲惫,最好在水疗中心度过一些平静和放松的时刻。在这里,您可以享受精致的水疗,独特的美食和瑜伽。

BT 201909 TRAVEL 21Explore the Chicken Church

Trust me; it is something you would have never seen or will see across the globe. It is a church built like a chicken. The place is locally known as Gereja Ayam. The church is 10 to 15 minutes’ walk away from Borobudur viewpoint. It looks like the architect of the church wanted to create a dove, but all you can see is a small chicken. In 1992, the construction completed, and since then it has become a busy tourist spot. You can enjoy a fabulous sunset and watch many volcanic mountains around the site.

BT 201909 TRAVEL 20鸡教堂

相信我这是你见过的最独特的建筑物之一。鸡教堂坐落在一片山林中,吃过鸡肉也见过鸡跑,但是你可曾见过鸡造型的教堂?教堂现已废弃,但有种残破美。在日惹城的西北方向、离婆罗浮屠不远处,藏匿在大片密林中。据它的建造者Daniel Alamsjah所说,他是在突然收到了上帝的神圣旨意后建立了这座鸽子造型的祈祷所。但最终由于各种原因废弃闲置,反倒被一些挖掘小众旅行点的游客发现,以“鸡教堂”(Chicken Church)作为名字让大家知晓。

BT 201909 TRAVEL 28Spend Some Quality Time at The Borobudur Temple

Built-in 750 AD Borobudur temples are the biggest Buddhists temples across the globe, located in Java. It is one of the UNESCO protected sites of world heritage. This temple covers around 2520 square metres. It has 72 stupas, and each stupa holds a statue of Buddha. The temple has a lot of Indian architectural influence of the Gupta era and indigenous stonework creativities. Book a long tour to the temple and explore its unique architecture, 2,672 reliefs (a type of projected engraving works) depicting scenes of Karmawibhangga Sutra and 328 statuses of Buddha.
 

Until 1815 it was under volcanic ash, and it took 8 years to reclaim it to its original glory. The reclamation project started jointly by UNESCO and the Indonesian government in 1970.

BT 201909 TRAVEL 27婆罗浮屠寺

婆罗浮屠位于日惹西北约40公里处,是世界上面积最大的佛教建筑群遗迹,被列入了世界文化遗产。婆罗浮屠意为“山丘上的佛塔”。来到婆罗浮屠大佛塔前,你一定会被它所震撼。这座大佛塔以当地火山岩建造,塔身分为10层,由6个庞大的方形平台、3个圆形平台及中央圆顶组成,基座长达123米,总高40多米,相当雄伟壮观。佛塔上有2600多块浮雕和500多座佛像,顺着台阶爬上去可以细细观赏一番。每一层的回廊石壁上全是栩栩如生的浮雕,雕工细致精美,图案千姿百态。婆罗浮屠也是看日出的绝佳之地,很多人专程于清晨寂静之时,在此等待太阳升起、阳光映照佛塔和佛像的时刻,景色安宁而壮美,撼动人心。不过想看一场绝美的日出,基本上4:00之前就要从日惹市区出发,因为去晚了占不到好位置,而且要提前查好天气,在晴天无雾时前往。在大佛塔的北边有一个博物馆,包含在婆罗浮屠的门票内。博物馆介绍了这些浮雕的含义,先了解一下,观赏佛塔时就更有看头。

BT 201909 TRAVEL 25Conclusion

Besides the mammoth Borobudur temple complex, Borobudur offers a variety of options to explore. Of course, the prime attraction of Borobudur is the Borobudur temple complex, supposed to be built in 8-9 centuries, which is the largest Buddhist temple in the world.
 

If you can schedule your journey during June, you will have the fantastic opportunity to enjoy the colourful festival, which includes Ramayana themed dances, based on the legendary epic Ramayana, handicraft exhibitions, traditional folk-dance competitions and much more. It has mesmerizing views, historical temples, colourful culture, traditional Spa, and nature to explore. It is perfect for visiting for a week or an extended vacation.

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