Borobudur Sunrise Photo Tour

Borobudur Sunrise Tour - Photos


A Borobudur sunrise tour is a must while staying at nearby Amanjiwo. Actually, scratch the “tour” aspect–we didn't have a guide for our visit, as we simply wanted to savor the experience in silence. To learn more about Borobudur's intricate stone carvings and history, Amanjiwo also offers an Intellectual Tour, during the day. And while there are fees for the Borobudur sunrise experience and the Intellectual Tour, as well as an entrance fee of $20 per adult, there are complimentary transfers to Borobudur from Amanjiwo any time during the day that you wish to explore this UNESCO monument.

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The night before your Borobudur sunrise experience, be sure to go to sleep early–you'll need your sleep, as the wake-up call is at 4:30am! Rather than drag along a sleep deprived and grouchy munchkin, we left him in the care of a very kind babysitter that Amanjiwo organized, who simply stayed with him while he continued sleeping.

The drive to Borobudur is short, just a few minutes. Once there, we donned the requisite sarong and were each loaned a flashlight. There were a number of other visitors there, but with our Amanjiwo driver and guide Rohman, we were able to get a head start walking to Borobudur, and were the very first to enter at the gate, where Rohman took his leave after explaining where we would meet after sunrise.

We got some good exercise climbing up the steep and massive stone steps of Borobudur, which is shaped as a pyramid. Turning onto one of the levels, we started to explore in the near darkness.

Borobudur Sunrise Tour - Temple Before Sunrise


The pre-dawn sky colors were beautiful, and some of my favorite photos were of Borobudur's silhouette against the pre-dawn sky:

Borobudur Sunrise Tour - Borobudur Silhouetted Against Pre-Dawn Sky


Borobudur Sunrise Tour - Pre-Dawn


Our flashlights came in handy at this point to be able to view some of the intricate stone carvings, which recount stories from the Buddhist Sutras.

Borobudur Sunrise Tour - Stone Relief Carvings, Borobudur


As sunrise approached, I loved the mysterious look of the surrounding Kedu Valley, with Mount Merapi in the background:

Borobudur Sunrise Tour - Stupas, Mist and Mount Merapi


The serious photographers had in the meantime staked out their positions amongst the stupas, so I contented myself with taking a few photos of the sunrise with the tops of the stupas:

Borobudur Sunrise Tour - Photos


Borobudur Sunrise Photo Tour


We were now able to better see the stupas and stone carvings, no flashlight needed:

Borobudur Sunrise Tour - Stupas


Borobudur Sunrise Tour - Stone Carvings


A final view of Borobudur as we were leaving:



Watch out for those stone lions–they bite!

Borobudur Stone Lions


Have you experienced Borobudur at sunrise?

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