The largest country in South East Asia, Indonesia is also the largest archipelago in the world with more than 17, 508 islands. It’s very hard to grasp these numbers and even after spending 4 weeks traveling the main spots of the country, I am still blown away by the size and immensity of Indonesia. Beyond Bali, there are so many incredible places in Indonesia that are worth visiting like Yogyakarta. My first few days in Indonesia were spent exploring Yogyakarta, or “Jogja” as it is commonly known by locals, is a city booming with culture, food, architecture and history. Situated on the island of Central Java, Jogja is home to the largest Buddhist temple in the world – Borobodur Temple.
Borobodur Temple was built in the 9th century and is decorated with more than 500 Buddha statues and some 2,672 relief panels made up of thousands of intricate . Long story short: it will absolutely blow your mind. Besides being large and beautiful, the temple has huge spiritual signification for Buddhists. It is a shrine to Buddha and also a sacred site of pilgrimage. The monument was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it is one of the most important Buddhist temples in South East Asia, alongside Angkor Wat in Cambodia and Bagan in Myanmar.
In November 2019, I had the chance to visit Borobodur at the beginning of my 4 weeks trip in Indonesia. The temple is a couple of hours on the road from Jogja; a taxi or a motorcycle will get you there in about 1h30. Many people choose to visit Borobodur at sunrise, but we opted to go in the afternoon. Either way, I cannot recommend this monument enough. It is impressive in every sense of the terms and does an incredible job at showcasing the wealth of Indonesian culture.Even though it rained during my visit to Borobodur, we still had an amazing time. If you thinking of visiting Indonesia, make sure to add Yogyakarta and Borobodur to your list! You won’t be disappointed.