Temple Run in Yogyakarta, Indonesia
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Temple Run in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

I’ve been meaning to go to Yogyakarta (popularly known as “Jogja” to the locals) ever since I watched an episode of Amazing Race season 19 wherein the teams were tasked to count the numerous Buddha statues surrounding the magnificent Borobudur temple.

I was in complete awe.

Unfortunately, Yogyakarta is not a popular tourist spot for most Filipinos since there are no direct flights from Manila to Yogyakarta. My family took a four-hour flight from Manila to Jakarta, waited six hours in Jakarta’s domestic airport in the wee hours of the morning before boarding our flight to Yogyakarta.

As comfy as it gets – trying to doze off for a few hours while waiting for our flight to Jogja.
As comfy as it gets – trying to doze off for a few hours while waiting for our flight to Jogja.

After waiting for 12 hours, finally, we made it to Jogja. Our family temple run adventure begins!

Here are a few tips to keep in mind while having your own temple run in Indonesia’s famous UNESCO sites:

 

Avail of a car rental service

I decided to avail of our hotel’s car rental service (IDR 695,000 for 10 hours including driver and gasoline = Php 2,388.91) because it’s more convenient for my parents – I didn’t want to tire them out by commuting. I wanted them to have ALL the energy to join me walk up and down the temples. =) But if you are on the adventurous side, try riding the motorcycle. This is the most popular form of transportation in this city.

 

I recommend that as soon as you get picked u from the airport, make Prambanan temple your first stop since its just 15mins from the airport.
I recommend that as soon as you get picked up from the airport, make Prambanan temple your first stop since its just 15mins away.


Dress modestly

It’s best to dress modestly on your temple tour – pay respect to the religious places you will be visiting. No short shorts or mini skirts – nothing too revealing BUT make sure to dress for the weather as it gets pretty hot, think around 34°C at least! You might also consider loading up on sunscreen, wearing a hat and a pair of shades, or bringing an umbrella. On the other hand, if you want some serious tan lines, bring your favorite tanning lotion instead! =)

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Load up on H20

A bottle of water is included in your entrance ticket fee for both temples, get one before you start the tour. If you can, also bring a fan or a towel. I promise you, you will SWEAT. This is  leg workout at its finest!


Buy combined tickets for Prambanan and Borobudur temples

Purchasing a combined ticket for both temples will save you money. =) The combined ticket which you can buy at Prambanan or Borobudur temple is priced at IDR 420,000 per person = Php 1,443.66. The usual rate is IDR 280,000 (Borobudur) and IDR 252,000 (Prambanan) = IDR 532,000 = Php 1,822.38.


Get an English-speaking tour guide

How could you appreciate the temples without knowing its beautiful history? I don’t want to spoil what the guides will tell you so let me just give you a preview of what Prambanan and Borobudur Temple tour will be:

The tour guide costs IDR 100,000 = Php 343.73 per temple
The tour guide costs IDR 100,000 = Php 343.73 per temple

 

Each stupa has a Buddha statue inside and it is believed to be lucky if you are able touch the Buddha.
Borobudur Temple: Each stupa has a Buddha statue inside and it is believed to be lucky if you are able touch the Buddha.


Arm yourselves with fully charged cameras

Bring a powerbank for your mobile phone and other gadgets! There are TONS of instagram-worthy nooks and crannies in these temples. By the end of the tour, you’ll have a hard time picking your favorite shot taken from all of those beautiful alleys. Here are some of my favorite shots!

31I’ve been to a number of temples in Asia, but Prambanan and Borobudur are definitely the best I’ve been to. Both temples are an architectural wonder and honestly, I still have moments when I marvel on how these were made over a thousand years ago. I could just imagine the dedication and the hard work put into building something as jaw-dropping as these temples.

You have to see Indonesia’s UNESCO heritage temples in your lifetime! Prambanan and Borobudur temple alone makes the travel to Indonesia worth it!

More of our family trip in Jogja in my next post! =)

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WanderJan is a travel blogger who shares her personal adventures from tips, guides, photos and food reviews down to the must-buy products and must-try activities. Follow her in her quest for once-in-a-lifetime experiences as she gets lost in the most fascinating places in the world.