7 Things You Should Know Before Visiting Borobudur Temple!

Last month, I finally had the chance to visit Yogyakarta (usually called as Jogjakarta or Jogja for short). It is a city located on Indonesia's Java island and also well-known as the centre of education islandwide. There are a lot of traditional arts such as batik, ballet, puppet shows, and many others. Also with cultural heritage around the area, ranging from buddhist temples, palace complex, and so much more.

One of the most popular tourist sites here in Yogyakarta is the Borobudur Temple, it is the world's largest Buddhist archeological site with a pyramidal base and a total of 504 buddha statues around it. The monument consists of nine stacked platforms, a total of six square and three circular platforms, and finally topped by a dome in the middle.

Look at all of these interesting ancient wall reliefs! I believe they tell a story about the ancient civilization here.

One the amazing facts is that the architecture and the building of this temple is actually done without any cements, every structure is made out of rocks and bricks, being put together like lego bricks. WOW!

Around the circular platforms are 72 stupas, each containing a statue of the Buddha inside.

Now that we've known a bit about Borobudur Temple, here are some stuffs that you should probably know and prepare before you visit this magnificent site here:

1. Wear a pair shorts (for batik sarung)
Actually, it is recommended to come here wearing polite clothes (such as pants and long jeans). But, with that being said, the weather is pretty hot here, so it might be more comfortable for you to wear shorts just like what I did. Plus, they do provide a batik sarung for you to double up if you're wearing a pair of shorts.
The main purpose of the batik sarung is to preserve the decency and respect towards the heritage.

P.S. It is mandatory for you to wear this batik sarung if you are wearing a pair of shorts while visiting. These batik sarungs are lent to you without any charges. Borobudur fashion for the win!

2. Travel light
If you are planning to explore the temple and the whole area, then you might want to start by travelling light. Don't bring unnecessary stuffs around with you as the area is quite big, so it might drain your energy easily.

3. Bring water
Hydrate yourself well with water. Don't let the scorching sun dehydrate you and cause you to get a heatstroke.

4. Wear sunscreen
If you're the type of person who doesn't like to bask under the harsh sunlight, then you'd better apply a proper amount of sunscreen on your skin. This can also help prevent black spots on your skin caused by UV Ray.

5. Wear a hat
The same reason as why you should wear a sunscreen, this might protect you from getting dizzy because of the harsh sunlight.

6. Don't be in a hurry to buy souvenirs
When you come to a tourist spot, it might be tempting to buy some gifts and souvenirs back for your friends or families. And there are PLENTY of cheap and cute souvenirs to get from here, so take your time and choose wisely.
P.S. by plenty, I mean plentyyyyyyy

7. Vesak Day Festival
The Vesak Day Festival is held once every year on May during the full moon. During this period, there will be plenty of visitors who come to celebrate the birth, death, and enlightenment of Buddha. So plan out your visit dates before you come, choose whether you would like to come for the festival and enjoy the crowd or to stroll around freely when there is less crowd.

Here are some of the rules that you need to abide to while exploring the Borobudur Temple

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