Borobudur, Prambanan & Ratu Boko


A truly magical way to see Borobudur is at sunrise

Using a torch you rise up through the levels of the temple whilst it is still dark, and then can watch as the sun rises up, behind Mount Merapi in the distance. With the surrounding valleys undulating in mist, the experience is extraordinary as the complexity and scale of Borobudur comes to light.

Many comment that they feel incredibly honoured to be able to experience the temple with so few others.

It is also both the quietest and coolest time of day to visit the temple.

A special ticket is purchased from the Manohara Centre For Borobudur Study close to the base of the temple. Contact our helpful Visitor Assistance Centre for more on the time you will need to be there (this changes with the time of year), and the cost of the tickets.







A lush tropical landscape dotted with hundreds of archeological temples, including two UNESCO world heritage sites, Borobudur and Prambanan, this is a destination that leaves you spellbound. The grandeur and complexity of the temples has to be seen to be believed, and photography struggles to convey the depth.

At a time when Europe was still in the dark ages, the “Central Javanese Period“ was building religious structures and art, now recognised as being the oldest and highest level of art within South East Asia

Central Javanese spirituality and artistic endeavour continues to exist side by side with mundanities of every day life.
    Traditional craft continues to be a feature of Central
  Javan life, here a batik cloth is carefully treated by a
  villager with wax before dying




At the time in which these monuments were built, Indian pilgrims had spread Buddhist and Hindu teachings spread across Java, Indonesia. The proud ruling dynasties of Central Java built a seemingly endless number of structures, of all scales.

Buddhist and Hindu religions lived harmoniously side by side across Java, and as families of different religions married, even mixed religion temples were built.

The adaption of Indian religion and customs with the local artistry and traditions bred its own unique style; “Hindu-Java Art” .

Around 920 the power shifted from Central Java to West Java and the monuments including Borobudur, Prambanan and Ratu Boko became neglected, exposed to ash from volcanic eruptions, and the ravages of the local vegetation.

Now restoration sees these world relevant sites back on the map with millions of people visiting each year.


Java is the most populous island in Indonesia, South East Asia. This is land is densely populated, and the majority of people now practice Islam.

Prambanan, Borobudur and Ratu Boko are close to the major centre of Yogyakarta, also referred to by locals as Jogja. Yogyakarta has a population of approximately 4 million people.

Not too far away are two other interesting cities, both with international airports. Solo, and Semarang, where some people also choose to stay.


Access to the area is easy by plane, train, or buses. Once in the region, given the driving conditions, it is recommended you hire one of the many local drivers rather than rent your own vehicle. For to-the-minute information on travel and hiring a driver, our friendly Visitor Assistance Centre can help.


Prambanan is around 30 minutes drive
Borobudur is approximately 40 minutes away
Ratu Boko is close to 35 minutes drive


Sekilas Info

Dengan perkembangan kondisi terakhir setelah terjadinya erupsi Gunung Kelud yang mengakibatkan ditutupnya kunjungan wisatawan ke Candi Borobudur, Candi Prambanan, dan Keraton Ratu Boko, maka berdasarkan koordinasi kami dengan Balai Konservasi Candi Borobudur, Balai Pelestarian Cagar Budaya Yogyakarta dan Jawa Tengah,  Manajemen PT TWC memutuskan untuk membuka kembali kunjungan wisatawan ke Candi Borobudur secara normal mulai hari Rabu, tanggal 26 Februari 2014. Sedangkan operasi normal untuk Candi Prambanan dan Situs Kraton Ratu Boko akan dibuka  pada hari Jum’at, tanggal 28 Februari 2014.



By looking at the final condition after the eruption of Mount Kelud which resulted in the closure of tourist visits to Borobudur, Prambanan, and Ratu Boko Palace, and based on our coordination with the Borobudur Conservation Center, Preservation Hall Heritage of Yogyakarta and Central Java, Management PT TWC decided to reopen to tourists visiting Borobudur normally begin on Wednesday, February 26, 2014. While the normal operation of Prambanan and Ratu Boko site will be open on Friday, February 28, 2014.

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