Sunday, August 21, 2016

Borobudur Sunrise

borobudur sunrise
Borobudur Sunrise is one of the best thing to do to enjoy the magnificent of the 8 century ancient building. You will be amazed by the combination of Buddha image, the burning sky, and the active Merapi volcano on one frame of your photo. To do this tour means scarifying your hotel warm blanket in the cold morning. You have to get up at 3.00 am, boxed your nice breakfast or skipped it. Make sure that your camera battery was fully charged on the afternoon.      
borobudur and the volcano
Sometimes the weather was disappointing, no sun and cloudy, but once you got a perfect sunrise in Borobudur you will never forget it. Some people tried several times to get a perfect sunrise here. Some were just very lucky, first time visit and the sunrise was perfect. But, even though there is no sunrise, you will still witness the magnificent ancient architecture and art work of Borobudur Temple.        
sunrise borobudur

stupa

sunrise at borobudur
The ticket for Borobudur Sunrise is quite expensive. The visitor who wanted to enter the temple before sunrise time has to pay IDR 400.000,-. The regular ticket entrance is IDR 260.000,-. The best time to do this tour is during the dry season, start from July until mid of November. If you join our Borobudur Sunrise trip, we will make sure that you come at the right time and get the best place to enjoy or photographing the sunrise from the top of Borobudur temple. Please contact us, to get the best tour service in Java.    

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Papandayan Volcano, West Java

Papandayan Crater
Papandayan Volcano is located on the southern part of West Java. It is is very easy to get to the crater spot, just need around 30 minutes walking from the parking area. The shape of the crater is a unique Horse Shoe shape caused by the vertical eruption on 1772. Papandayan crater offers you beautiful volcanic activities such as hot steams, fumarols, hot mud pools, noisy crater, sulfurs spike and crystals, and death trees burned by the recent eruption on 2002. For photography tours, Papandayan volcano will give you a bunch of colorful volcanic activity images. 
Papandayan

volcano

Papandayan West Java

Sulfur Spike

visit papandayan

papandayan lava-dome

sulfur crystal
The tour to Papandayan volcano can be combined with Jakarta city tours, or visiting Mount Tangkuban Perahu in Bandung. Contact us to get the best tour program to visit Papandayan.   

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Exotic Sukuh Temple

Sukuh Temple
Sukuh Temple
It was built at the dusk of the biggest Hindus kingdom in Indonesia. The era of a hegemony transition between Hinduism and Muslim religion in Java. The structure of the temple is deviated from the main pattern. Reliefs and statues are simply created as 'not proportional' reality, can be said cartoon like characters. This unique temple is known as Sukuh Temple. Located on the slope of the holy Mount Lawu. According to the legend, the last Hindus Emperor, Brawijaya V mokswa* on the top of this holy mountain. 
Penis and Vagina on Sukuh Temple
Lingga and Yoni
The temple was made as a place to purify the sin or foul. It can be seen from the two different stories found as a story panels at the temple. First group relief tell about Sudamala Story. It tells about the struggle of Dewi Uma to release her body from the curse. Another group of relief tell about the story of Garudaeya who wanted to free his mother Dewi Winata from slavery. The main entrance, the gate, is consider as the place to purify the body and soul. As the pilgrimages entering the gate, they will cross the holy Lingga and Yoni relief (as the symbol of the birth of life) at the entrance floor, and  then they will be reborn, all the sins will be purified.   
Pictorial Date on Sukuh Temple
The Entrance Gate of Sukuh Temple
Ganesha and The Keris maker in Sukuh Temple
Ganesha and the Keris Maker
Another unique things from this temple is the dating method used by the architect of the temple on the 15 century. The reliefs found in front of the gate and at the exit behind are showing the era when the temple was built. This dating method called as "Sengkalan Memet" in Javanese culture. Every character and act done by the character have a number. From the relief of the gate can be translated into "Giant Gate Eating Child" or in Javanese languange "Gapura Buta Mangan Wong", Gate = 9, Giant= 5, Eating=3, and child or human = 1, Read the date in reverse become 1359 saka or if we convert to the international date is 1437 After Christ.

Sukuh Temple is one of cultural places in Central Java where people can learn a lot about the old culture of Java. There are still many undiscovered knowledge and interesting facts hidden in this small complex of temple. Please contact us Javaecotravel to arrange tour to Sukuh Temple. 

*Mokswa, Moksa (Sanskrit : moksha ) is a concept of body and soul transition in the Hinduism and Buddhism. It means to free the body and the soul at once. Its a freedom from earthly ties and also rounds off the reincarnation cycle.