Tuesday morning, 18th Feb 2020, sunny.
Our driver picked us up at 7 from our hotel and drove for about an hour to Borobudur Temple. We arrived at the parking lot at 8AM, and cheerfully headed to the temple. We walked slowly, found some photo spots here and there and took our time to get to the temple. ＼(＾∀＾)メ(＾∀＾)ノ
We were lucky the temple was not crowded when we arrived. There were maybe less than 20 tourists, including one Japanese group, one local group, less than 4 worshippers, and us.
FYI, 1 adult ticket is IDR 40,000. But if you buy combined ticket (Borobudur + Prambanan) or (Borobudur + Ratu Boko) it will cost you IDR 75,000 – cheaper! We bought the first combined ticket because we know we don’t have enough time to visit Ratu Boko anyway, so we gave it a miss.
Candi Borobudur ꦕꦤ꧀ꦣꦶꦧꦫꦧꦸꦣꦸꦂ
Address: Jl. Badrawati, Kw. Candi Borobudur, Borobudur, Kec. Borobudur, Magelang
Phone No.: +62 293 788266
Opening time: 6AM to 5PM
Entrance fee: IDR 40,000 (for local tourist, adult!)
Borobudur is a famous Buddhist temple, dating from the 8th and 9th centuries during the reign of the Syailendra dynasty, is located in central Java, about 45 km from Yogyakarta city center. The temple sits majestically on a hilltop overlooking lush green fields and distant hills.
It was built in three tiers: a pyramidal base with five concentric square terraces, the trunk of a cone with three circular platforms and, at the top, a monumental stupa, based on Gupta architecture design which reflects India’s influence on the region. The walls and balustrades are decorated with fine low reliefs, covering a total surface area of 2,500 m2. Around the circular platforms are 72 openwork stupas, each containing a statue of the Buddha. The monument was restored with UNESCO’s help in the 1970s.
Me and Cyn bought same hats for IDR 35,000 each, we were twinning out! Aren’t we cute!!! (☞°ヮ°)☞ ☜(°ヮ°☜)
Following our itinerary, we were back to our car at around 10AM to head to Ullen Sentalu Museum, which located in another city and took us about another an hour from Borobudur. Admission fee IDR 40,000 (for locals) and IDR 100,000 (for international tourists). You had to spare minimum 1 hour to join their tour, and it was not allowed to take pictures during the tour – and here in the land of Java, when someone told you not to take picture, for God’s sake, please don’t take any picture!! ( ˋ Θ ´ )
Ullen Sentalu Museum
Address: Jalan Boyong KM 25, Kaliurang Barat, Sleman, Yogyakarta
Phone No.: +62 274 895161
Opening time: 8:30AM to 4PM
Entrance fee: IDR 40,000 (for local tourist, adult!)
Culture: Keraton Islam (majority) ꦏꦼꦫꦠꦺꦴꦤ꧀
Ullen Sentalu Museum is a Javanese culture and art museum displays paintings, batik, relics, artifact from royal houses and kratons of Java, such as Yogyakarta, Pakualam, Surakarta, and Mangkunegaran. It is a private museum, was established in 1994 and officially inaugurated on March 1, 1997.
The lady tour leader gave us a tour around the museum complex. There were many rooms to explore, and many information to grasp at the same time, so mostly we just enjoyed our time. For me, I did enjoy learning more about batik, and it made me want to wear it more. Maybe I should buy one of my favorite; batik parang. (￣▽￣)
It was passed mid day when we finished the tour. The museum has a restaurant, but we decided not to have 1 glass of ice tea for S$3. Hell no. We headed back to our car, and our friendly driver brought us to a small local restaurant called Gudeg Yu Djum Wijilan. This local delicacy was quite everywhere. But this Gudeg is probably the one taste that you shouldn’t missed.
“Yogyakarta and Gudeg” those two words are inseparable in the use of explaining what Yogyakarta is. Having the authentic taste of Yogyakarta, Gudeg is not only an identical food of Yogyakarta but also deeply rooted as a cultural legacy. It is made from young unripe jack fruit (Javanese: gori, Indonesian: nangka muda) stewed for several hours with palm sugar, and coconut milk. Additional some other spices and has a reddish-brown color.
There are, apparently, two types of gudeg; one is a dry gudeg like the one we tried from Gudeg Yu Djum, and wet gudeg like the one we have in my hometown – you can even add some extra soup to it, it was sooo yummy! And for me personally I’d prefer wet gudeg. <(￣︶￣)>
Our next stop is The Lost World Castle, which is only about 30 minutes away from the previous museum. This was Cyn’s second recommendation after the museum; a place with many spots to take pictures, or what we called it – instagrammable.
The Lost World Castle
Address: Petung, Kepuharjo, Cangkringan, Sleman Regency, Special Region of Yogyakarta
Phone number: +62 274 895161
Opening time: 7AM to 6PM
Entrance fee: IDR 30,000 (for local tourist, adult!)
The touristic place was still under development – they were currently building a huge one-piece ship. At other entrance I also saw stone-henge looked-alike. But I wasn’t too sure if it was included in the same entrance fee we paid.
We spared for just about 30 minutes inside the castle complex, it was getting dark and we still had one more temple to visit, and after that will be my dream-restaurant and resort in a highland of Yogyakarta.
So see you very soon on Part-2: Afternoon! o(≧▽≦)o