My second planned visit to the magnificent Borobudur temple in the past couple of years has just finished. And while I have been in and out of the temple several times I seem to not be able to get enough of it. It is so impressive, with such powerful energy, that even a Muslim friend with whom I visited the temple said that he can feel the strong energy which exists here.
I've been in the temple at all times of the day, sunrise, daytime and recently even at midnight and early morning hours during Vesak Day holiday (next blog). It's breathtaking at all times to be here and explore the 9 different levels of the temple.
It's best seen (and photographed) in the early morning hours, theoretically before the masses arrive by bus. But you will never really have it all by yourself. Sunrise is awesome, even though you cannot really see the temple itself at sunrise but rather magnificent Merapi volcano in the distance.
If you are willing to spend some money, you can even see the temple during sunrise from one of the excellent resorts nearby though.
Whatever way you chose to visit, just remember that this is a temple. It's a religious structure with a lot of meaning for us Buddhists. It's not a museum or merely a tourist site. So, please dress appropriately (unlike the photo below) and behave appropriately - just like you would at your own place of worship! With that said, I will leave you to some of the impressions which captured me during my past visits.