Hello guys, by this article we would like to share the newest information regarding Borobudur Ticket Price and Opening Hours in 2023. So if you really want to have the newest update, you are in the right article as we always keep updating this article. Before we continue to give the information regarding Borobudur Ticket Price or the opening hours, I will give you a short history about Borobudur.
History of Borobudur Temple
According to the article of https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/592/, Borobudur Temple Compounds is one of the greatest Buddhist monuments in the world, and was built in the 8th and 9th centuries AD during the reign of the Syailendra Dynasty. The monument is located in the Kedu Valley, in the southern part of Central Java, at the centre of the island of Java, Indonesia.
The main temple is a stupa built in three tiers around a hill which was a natural centre: a pyramidal base with five concentric square terraces, the trunk of a cone with three circular platforms and, at the top, a monumental stupa. The walls and balustrades are decorated with fine low reliefs, covering a total surface area of 2,520 m2. Around the circular platforms are 72 openwork stupas, each containing a statue of the Buddha.
The vertical division of Borobudur Temple into base, body, and superstructure perfectly accords with the conception of the Universe in Buddhist cosmology. It is believed that the universe is divided into three superimposing spheres, Kamadhatu, Rupadhatu, and Arupadhatu, representing respectively the sphere of desires where we are bound to our desires, the sphere of forms where we abandon our desires but are still bound to name and form, and the sphere of formlessness where there is no longer either name or form. At Borobudur Temple, the Kamadhatu is represented by the base, the Rupadhatu by the five square terraces, and the Arupadhatu by the three circular platforms as well as the big stupa. The whole structure shows a unique blending of the very central ideas of ancestor worship, related to the idea of a terraced mountain, combined with the Buddhist concept of attaining Nirvana.
The Structure of Borobudur Temple
Every level of Borobudur Temple has it own story and philosophy. All the stories about Borobudur Temple and the story of civilisation or the people back in 8th – 9th century are written in the relief on the wall of Borobudur Temple. If you are really interested with history and the culture of Java, climbing up Borobudur Temple and see all the relief details is a must.
For sure, it will be hard for you to understand the meaning of its sculpture by yourself, but, when you decide to buy the climb up ticket of , it has already included with the local guide who will explain the history and the story from the relief. However, we have to understand, even the local guide will not be able to explain the relief very details, but al least the could explain everything in general and close to the real story.
Borobudur has 10 levels. From this 10 levels, Borobudur is divided into three zones. And according to the Borobudur Official website, here is the explanation about these three levels :
Zone 1: Kamadhatu
The phenomenal world, the world inhabited by common people.
Borobudur’s hidden Kamadhatu level consists of 160 reliefs depicting scenes of Karmawibhangga Sutra, the law of cause and effect. Illustrating the human civilization of desire, the reliefs depict robbing, killing, rape, torture and defamation.
A corner of the covering base has been permanently removed to allow visitors to see the hidden foot, and some of the reliefs. Photography of the entire collection of 160 reliefs is displayed at the Borobudur Museum which is within the Borobudur Archaeological Park.
Zone 2: Rapudhatu
The transitional sphere, humans are released from worldly matters.
The four square levels of Rapadhatu contain galleries of carved stone reliefs, as well as a chain of niches containing statues of Buddha. In total there are 328 Buddha on these balustrade levels which also have a great deal of purely ornate reliefs.
The Sanskrit manuscripts that are depicted on this level over 1 300 reliefs are Gandhawyuha, Lalitawistara, Jataka and Awadana. They stretch for 2.5km. In addition there are 1 212 decorative panels.
Zone 3: Arupadhatu
The highest sphere, the abode of the gods. The three circular terraces leading to a central dome or stupa represent the rising above the world, and these terraces are a great deal less ornate, the purity of form is paramount.
The terraces contain circles of perforated stupas, an inverted bell shape, containing sculptures of Buddha, who face outward from the temple. There are 72 of these stupas in total. The impressive central stupa is currently not as high as the original version, which rose 42m above ground level, the base is 9.9m in diameter. Unlike the stupas surrounding it, the central stupa is empty and conflicting reports suggest that the central void contained relics, and other reports suggest it has always been empty.
After understanding how important and how rich is the story behind its structure of Borobudur Temple, that is why, climbing up Borobudur Temple up to the highest level must be your bucket list while visiting Yogyakarta City.
Opening Time and Borobudur Temple Ticket Price in 2023 ( Regular Ticket )
So since the trial on March 1st, 2023, Ticket Counter of Borobudur Tempel opens at 6.30 AM until 4.30 PM, but you could enter the temple from 07.00AM until 05.00 PM. It means if you buy ticket at 6.30, you have to wait until 07.00 AM to enter, and the maximum time to buy the Borobudur Ticket is at 4.30 PM but you could still be inside the temple at 05.00PM.
The explanation above is for regular entrance only without any chance to go up to the temple, it is mean you are only able to visit only until the ground level. You still have chance to see and to take whole picture of Borobudur Temple, but you will not have any access to step up until the top level.
Borobudur Ticket Price for this Regular Access is :
Domestic Visitor : IDR 50.000
Domestic Visitor (Student / Children) : IDR 25.000
Foreigner Visitor : IDR 375.000 (USD 25)
Foreigner Visitor (Student / Children) : IDR 217.500 (USD 15)
The price is subject to change following the convertion rate between Indonesia Rupiah against United States Dollar.
Opening Time and Ticket Price of Borobudur Temple in 2023 (Climb Up Ticket)
If you want to climb up Borobudur Temple, you have to buy a different ticket with the regular one. This ticket is also a ticket for entrance, so you do not need to buy a separate ticket for entrance. It means it is a combination ticket to enter Borobudur Tempel and to climb up the monument.
By purchasing this ticket, you will get also a local guide to explain the history of the temple and special sandals made by local people. So you are not allowed to enter with your own shoes, they will give you special sandals called Upanat.
The Opening Time of Climb Up Ticket is divided into 8 time slot :
Start from 8.30, 9.30, 10.30, 11.30, 12.30, 13.30, 14.30, 15.30
The maximum people allowed to climb up Borobudur Temple is only 150 people per hour and 120 people per day
Here is the ticket price to Climb Up Borobudur Temple in 2023:
Domestic Visitor : IDR 150.000
Domestic Visitor (Student / Children) : IDR 30.000
Foreigner Visitor : IDR 455.000
Foreigner Visitor (Student / Children) : IDR 350.000
Facilities you get by purchasing Borobudur Climb Up Ticket
- Visitor could enter and Climb Up to the top Level of Borobudur Temple
- Special sandals (Upanat)
- Local Guide
Process or Procedure to Climb Up Borobudur Temple
You can buy the ticket directly in the ticket counter in Borobudur Temple. You can purchase the ticket on the day of visiting. You could book also the ticket in advance, however I could not share the link online to respect the local travel agency. Because if I share the link online, then possiby the travel agency will not have chance to sell the ticket by them self because the limitation of 150 people only per hour.
If you want to enter Borobudur Temple at 8.30, you have to arrive at Borobudur Ticket Counter before 8.00 AM. However, there is no guarantee that you could enter at 8.30, because if the time slot has already full, you have to wait for the next time slot. There is possibility that somebody arrive at 8.00 AM but they are only able to enter at 11.30.
So, if you really want to be sure that you could enter as your time plan, you have to contact a local tour agency in Yogyakarta, as normally they have access to the temple authorities, to book a time slot for them.
Once you have the climb up ticket in your hand, the you will be guided with a local guide in a group of 15 to 20 people. The tour normally will occur around 1,5 hours.
Before climbing up Borobudur Temple, you will need to change your shoes with specific sandals called Upanat. They claim, this sandals will not destroy the surface of Borobudur Temple.
Visiting Borobudur Temple at sunrise time
If you want to have better experience of exploring Borobudur Temple, going there in the sunrise time will be the best option. Sunrise in Borobudur is a different experience. We couldn’t compare visit Borobudur in the normal time or in the sunrise time.
However, the sunrise in the temple is still close since the pandemic. But I will keep updating this article once the sunrise in the temple is opened by the temple authorities.
How to get to Borobudur from City Centre
The best way to get to Borobudur Temple is by hire a car driver since Borobudur is located around 45 KM from the city centre. If you need a transportation service to take you from Yogyakarta to Borobudur, you can simply text us via whatsapp on +62-811-278-1115 or send us an email at : [email protected]. We have an excellent review in trip advisor. You may check as well our tour package in this link .
Please avoid to visit Borobudur Temple on Monday. Since Borobudur and Prambanan are close or open with limited access only.
Have a good trip to Yogyakarta guys.
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