29 Feb 2016 11 Comments
Many travelers who come to central Java, Indonesia, stay in Yogyakarta (locally called “Jogja”) and make a day trip to Borobudur to see the famous Buddhist Borobudur Temple, which dates from the 8th and 9th centuries. It was rediscovered in the eighteenth century and restored in the nineteenth century. But before I go any further, let me say that I think many visitors have it completely backward. The small town of Borobudur is totally worth staying in for several days, and Jogja, maybe a day or two. I’ll explain toward the end.
I have already written a post about how much fun I had on a bike tour around Borobudur, but I did so much more! I met Desmond, a Brit who was also staying at Mettaloka Guest House. He and I enjoyed several meals and walks around our part of town. We also spent a delightful day at Borobudur temple, and he was a knowledgeable and fun guide. As a practicing Buddhist, he knew quite a bit about the ancient carvings surrounding almost every level of the temple. Continue reading