The Best Tourist Attractions Near Borobudur Temple that You Must Visit


Borobudur Temple has been reopened and is enthusiastically welcomed by tourists. The visitor quota is always full every day. After visiting the temple (or if you don’t get a visit quota), you can stop by at a tourist spot near Borobudur. From enjoying the natural atmosphere to learning about ancestral history, this tourist spot near Borobudur is ready to enrich your holiday experience in Magelang.

  1. Samudraraksa Ship Museum

This museum is a tourist spot near Borobudur that is still in the same complex. In this museum, you can see the Ocean Mercury Ship has been reconstructed in its original size. This ship comes from the Syailendra dynasty and is written on several reliefs of Borobudur Temple. Here, too, you can get to know the maritime history of the archipelago through interactive rides.

  • Svarga Bumi

This tourist spot near Borobudur is only about 3 kilometers south of Borobudur Temple. The location is also easy to find, precisely in the rice fields near the Ngaran and Gopalan hamlets. No less than 20 photo spots are in this place, and one of the highlights is a swing overlooking the expanse of rice fields.

  • Chicken Church

Indeed, this tourist spot near Borobudur is a place of worship for anyone. Inside there is also a prayer room for Muslims who want to worship while visiting here. The location is on Menoreh Hill and is surrounded by lush green trees and cool air. This place has become increasingly popular since it appeared in one of the Indonesian films, What’s Up With Love 2. You can also go up to the rooftop of this building to see the view of Borobudur Temple from a distance.

  • Rafting in Elo River

Who says that there are no adrenaline-pumping attractions near Borobudur? Elo River is a favorite rafting location in Magelang. Many tour operators offer rafting packages on the Elo River, complete with all the tools and guides. The average rafting path taken is about 10-11 kilometers and can be completed in about 2 hours.

  • Balkondes Candirejo

You can be a local for a day when you visit the Candirejo Village Conservation Center (Balkondes). This tourist village near Borobudur offers several interesting activities. You can cycle around the village or ride a wagon while enjoying the nature of Magelang. If you come and stay at the right time, you can also witness several traditional village rituals such as the nyadran, jathilan, and menoreh ceremonies. There are also a number of local handicrafts that you can buy directly from the producers in this village.

  • Mendut Temple, Pawon Temple, Umbul Temple

If you are not satisfied with seeing the temple, you can also stop by Mendut Temple which is not far from Borobudur Temple. This tourist spot near Borobudur is about 4 kilometers away and is one of the Buddhist temples that was also built during the Syailendra dynasty. Until now Mendut Temple is still used as a place for religious ceremonies.

Similar but not the same, Pawon Temple is also a tourist spot near Borobudur that is often visited. These three temples are in a straight line, so they are believed to have a close relationship with each other.

Unlike other temples in general, Umbul Temple is a hot water bathing site from the kingdom of the Syailendra dynasty is now a tourist attraction in Magelang Regency. Located in Kartoharjo village, Grabag district, Umbul Temple is about 9.6 km from Borobudur Temple in the direction of Semarang. The Umbul Temple site has two rectangular pools of different sizes, and most of the pool walls are andesite stone. The source of warm water comes out of the bottom of the pool or ‘mumbul’ (umbul) in Javanese. Umbul Temple can be an alternative for those who want to unwind by soaking in hot water like a royal family in the beautiful countryside.

  • Selogriyo Temple and Ngawen Temple

For those of you who have a hobby of trekking, then visiting Selogriyo Temple can be an option. This temple is located in the forest, Windusari sub-district, or about 28 km from Borobudur Temple. You can use a two-wheeled motorized vehicle or walk about 30 minutes from the gate to reach this location. Because it is located in the middle of the forest, you will be treated to a natural panorama in the form of hills and very beautiful rice terraces along the way. Don’t miss capturing its beauty with your camera.

Who would have thought that not far from the main route of Yogya – Magelang, precisely in Muntilan, there is a relic temple from the 9-10 century AD, namely Ngawen Temple. The temple has a Buddhist background and consists of 5 temples in a row. One of its uniqueness is the presence of 4 lion statues in every corner of Temple II and Temple IV. This temple is located in Ngawen Village, Muntilan District, and is surrounded by rice fields and residential areas.