A month before my 28th birthday, I have decided that I must do something memorable and different on that day to celebrate my 28 years of existence. And so, I have decided to travel alone. Sounds boring to go solo? Well, not for me.

So, without much hesitation, I booked my flight bound to Yogyakarta. The main purpose of the trip is to visit the Borobudur temple at sunrise. Borobudur Temple is located in Central Java in Indonesia and according to Master Google, is the world’s biggest Buddhist monument.

Exactly on my birthday, 12th of April at 4:00 AM, I left for the temple on a motorcycle with a tour guide. Availing of the sunrise tour is worth it because there are only a few tourists, so that would mean less crowd, better photos maybe, and you do get to appreciate its beauty in peace.

The moment I reached the top of the temple and while waiting for the sunrise, no exaggerations but I really felt at peace. I was so mesmerized by the breathtaking view and the place itself that no matter how many photos I take, they won’t give justice to its beauty. This place has to be experienced and be seen by the naked eye. It just felt so good standing on that temple merely watching the sunrise and observing the sky changed its color every single second.

Here comes the sunrise!

Worth the early wake up call

I so love this shot.

Buddha statue at the temple’s top terrace


Sunrise + Temple + Quiet = Simply Magical

The Stupa

The Stupas


The Stupas and Mt Merapi at the background

You are looking at the sleeping Buddha on that mountain (as per the tour guide).

There is a formation of a sleeping Buddha on that mountain


Tourists are requested to wear sarong which are provided by the Borobudur staff. This is to show respect and protect the dignity of this holy place.

Ladies & gents, I present to you the Borobudur Temple. Looks just like any other monuments but go and explore the place and you'll see how amazing it is. And oh, much better if you visit at sunrise. =)

Ladies & gents, I present to you the Borobudur Temple. Looks just like any other monuments but go and explore the place and you’ll see how amazing it is. And oh, much better if you visit at sunrise. =)


I'm really amazed.

Moments that count.

Something to remind of this place

Something to remind me of this place

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Wish I could show all the photos here, but as I’ve said earlier, they don’t give justice to this magnificent place.

So moving on…I had no other plans aside from the temple tour but the tour guide suggested a visit to the Merapi Volcano theater on the same day where I watched a short documentary on the eruption of the said volcano. I saw how damaging the eruption was and on the middle of that show, I got so scared I want to fly right away from Yogya, fearing for another volcanic eruption. I got a bit emotional and pitied those who have been affected. Outside the theater was the view of the volcano itself. The volcano is so beautiful in a perfect cone-shape and surrounding it are the beautiful villages that were once affected by the calamity. I just wonder how these people still get to stay in that place after such disaster. I hope and pray the volcano would stay dormant for a long period of time.


Merapi Volcano


Nearby villages

On the next day, another very early wake up call to catch the sunrise in Puntuk Setumbu as suggested by the guesthouse staff. It is overlooking the Borobudur temple and is indeed another sunrise-worthy place. And what better way to enjoy a sunrise than having a cup of coffee. No hassle carrying your coffee with you for there is someone selling hot drinks right at that spot. Felt so glad to see other fellow sunrise-lovers there. Moments like this is worth waking up so early.

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And last but not the least, a village tour to end the trip.

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So that’s it. A birthday gift to myself. Amazing experience, an emotional one even. Wish I could have stayed longer. I guess I can say, I left my heart in Borobudur.


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