Photo Review Borobudur Monument Yogyakarta

Borobudur is the world's largest Buddhist monument – although it's not large at all compared to the monuments in Siem Reap.

It has a magnificent position along a hillside, about 25 miles outside of Yogyakarta.

I expected huge crowds and wanted to catch the sunrise, so I went early. I was there at 5.30AM for a 5.40AM sunrise even though the entrance opens at 6AM sharp. The crowds never materialized – I spent about 2 hours in the grounds of the monument and saw less than 30 visitors. The entrance fee is hefty by Indonesian standards at $20 per person, although it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The sunrise weather was predictable – sunny with a few sprinkles of rain (unlike the heavy afternoon showers).

I truly enjoyed the views from Borobudur Monument – they are some of the globe's finest vistas I have ever come across.

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