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Watching the sunrise at Borobudur TempleWhen I visited Indonesia for the first time in February 2017, I didn't miss the opportunity to see the sunrise from its greatest temple, Borobudur.
The weather in Java this time of the year is very variable, with periods of rain and sun. As I went to bed the previous night, it was raining very hard and I didn’t think I would see the sunrise the next day.
But luckily when I woke up, the weather was much better.
So, at 4:30 AM I met my guide, Budi Lenono, from Backstreet Academy to do the Borobudur Sunrise Tour.
Armed with flashlights against the darkness, we headed to temple and started climbed the stairs to the top. The whole area was covered with a thick fog, due to the fact that Borobudur is situated on an elevated area between two volcanoes and two rivers.
Up at the top of the temple, the atmosphere was amazing. I felt filled with positive energy as it slowly became lighter. Minute by minute, the temple revealed itself and the mist started evaporating, unveiling the sublime surroundings – dense, lush vegetation and the mountains and volcanoes that surround Borobudur. I felt moved just watching the mist lifting up gradually to the sky and sometimes I even had goose bumps.
It was one of the most magical moments of my trip to Asia.
Finally, the sun rose up among the clouds and volcanoes but just few minutes later it was hidden in the clouds again.
I had not yet seen or learned anything about the temple, but just seeing the Borobudur sunrise was completely worth it, remarkable and unforgettable.
The tour took around 3 hour, and I had a chance to see its thousands of panel relief and understand why Borobudur is one of the best Buddhist temples in the world, and the single-most visited tourist attraction in Indonesia.