Wandering in Wonderful Indonesia: Candi Borobudur

The main reason why Angge agreed to include Jogjakarta in our trip to Indonesia was the Temple of Borobudur.  We initially planned to just stay in Bali and chill, which was all fine by me.  But, after I showed her the pictures of Borobudur and probably because she’s very much aware that I really wanted to visit another UNESCO World Heritage site, after the “temple run” I experienced in Angkor Wat, she said yes! Woohoo!

We woke up early enough to catch the sun rise over Mt. Merapi.

Mt. Merapi from afar

After paying for our entrance fees, we were given Candi Borobudur sarongs, which formed part of our outfits of the day.  Look at those happy faces!

Kuya in Candi Borobudur

Angge in Candi Borobudur

Monica in Candi Borobudur

Candi Borobudur is located in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia.  Included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1982, this Mahayana Buddhist temple is one of the most visited places in Jogjakarta.  And, although it did not awe me as Angkor Wat did, it still is one of the most beautiful structures I’ve seen in my life.

Monica and Angge in Candi Borobudur

Candi Borobudur

Candi Borobudur

I especially loved the details in their sculptures.

Candi Borobudur

And, the stories each tell.

Candi Borobudur

Candi Borobudur

Candi Borobudur

Our guide stressed the belief in the existence of both good and bad and the necessity of balance between the two.  This was expressed in the difference in the shapes of holes in the two groups of stupas in the top level, one set has diamond-shaped holes while the other has square-shaped holes.

The stupas

The stupas

These stupas were big enough to allow us to rest after doing the tour under the heat of the sun.


Kuya with the stupas

Monica with the stupas

And, let us take these awesome pictures.


Three musketeers


And, there was this biggest stupa of ’em all —

Kuya and the giant stupa

After resting, we went on our way down and stopped for a few more times to take pictures.  Sorry, cam-whores, we sorta are. 😀  I hope you understand, though.  All of us don’t know if and when we’ll get to visit Candi Borobudur again.  And, you know, as they say, photos and stories are the best souvenirs one can have from travelling. 🙂

Angge and Monica with the stupas

Kuya and Angge at Candi Borobudur

Monica at Candi Borobudur

Angge and Kuya at Candi Borobudur

The siblings at Candi Borobudur

But, more than the pictures and the stories, my biggest take-away from this visit to Candi Borobudur was the confirmation of my belief that, “Everything is nothing.  Nothing is everything.”  It was good to know that it’s not only me who gets it.  I’m not THAT weird after all. 🙂

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  1. Stef

    I’ve been to Indonesia this summer… it was amazing!

    1. monica

      Yes, it was! Where in Indonesia did you go to?

      1. Stef

        From Jakarta, trough Jogja, Surabaya, Bromo,
        Then I moved to Bali, where I visited Pemutheran, Munduk, Ubud. 🙂

        1. monica

          I’m jealous! I didn’t get to explore Bali that much. But, that’s one reason for me to go back. 😉

          1. Stef


            Even tough I have already explored it, one day, I’m definitely going to explore it again!

            What did you visit?

          2. monica

            We spent more time in Jogjakarta because we wanted to see the temples (Borobudur, Prambanan, Sewu, Mendut), jeep trek on Mt. Merapi, and have a taste of their food! In Bali, we chilled by the beach and had beer. 😀 It was just a week of stay in Indonesia but it was very fun. 🙂

          3. Stef

            You visited pretty much in 1 week’s time! I really adored Prambanan!!

          4. monica

            Us three musketeers, too! Haha! I hope I get to meet you in one of my travels. Where are you off to next?

          5. Stef

            Actually, I’ve not planned to move for the next few weeks. I’m currently working in Brussels.
            And you?

          6. monica

            I’m in the Philippines and have scheduled trips in Hong Kong, Singapore, Viet Nam, Thailand, and Laos. 🙂

          7. Stef

            Lucky you!! 🙂

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