Yogyakarta (Jogja) backpacker's guide

Borobudur Vesak Day Festival (Trisuci Waisak) + Flying Lanterns (Lampion) on (29th May 2018)

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*) Photo source: ANTARA FOTO/Andreas Fitri Atmoko/

WHY BACKPACKER SHOULD VISIT THIS EVENT?

ONCE A YEAR EVENT
This event was attended by thousands of visitors  from all over the world.

AWESOME FESTIVAL
You gonna see awesome Vesak festival with rich in religion ceremony proccess and culture.

AWESOME BACKGROUND
You gonna see awesome background of stage, yes Borobudur Temple with strong light, rich in elements of the process and appreciation

BEAUTIFUL NIGHT SKY
You gonna see beautiful night sky on the festival because it open space. It become exotic atmosphere with Borobudur temple and the lights as background.

BEAUTIFUL FULL MOON
It always full moon in Vesak day, truly beautiful full moon with the lanterns.

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*) Photo source: http://vitakka.blogg.se/

WHEN?

HELD ON:
May 29th, 2018

WHAT IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT?

MENDUT TEMPLE:
10.00 A.M on 29th May 2018

BOROBUDUR TEMPLE:
4.00 PM on 29th May 2018

BRINGING THE ETERNAL FLAME & HOLY / BLESSING WATER

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*) Photo source: ANTARA FOTO/ Aloysius Jarot Nugroho

WHAT IS THE AGENDA?

MENDUT TEMPLE (29th May 2018):
10.00 A.M – 11.00 A.M – Reading holy Parrita.
11.00 A.M – 12.00 P.M – Lunch
1.00 P.M – 4.00 P.M – Buddhist mass walking bring Holy water & Eternal flame to Pawon temple & Borobudur temple.

BOROBUDUR TEMPLE (29th May 2018):
4.00 P.M – Arrive on Borobudur temple.
5.00 P.M – Dinner
7.00 P.M – Preparation to Zone 1 Borobudur
7.00 P.M – 7.30 P.M – Vihara Githa by Harmonic Dharma choir
7.30 P.M – 8.30 P.M – Buddhist mass praying
8.30 P.M – 8.45 P.M – Vesak reflection by Bhiksu Tadisa Paramita Mahasthavira
8.45 P.M – 9.00 P.M – Guidance before Vesak meditation by Bhikku Wongsin Labhiko Mahathera
9.05 P.M – Vesak Meditation
9.19 P.M – Vesak moment marked by Gong sound three times and Blessing pilgrims with holy water.
9.45 P.M – Buddhist finish the meditation marked by Gong sound one times.
9.45 P.M – 10.00 P.M – Singing holy Vesak night by Harmonic Dharma choir
10.00 P.M – 10.10 P.M – Closing with Namaskara Gatha
10.10 P.M – 11.00 P.M – Pradaksina ritual or walking around the Borobudur temple for three times and put Lotus on the temple.
11.00 P.M – 11.15 P.M – Pilgrims go to Gunadharma & Preparation before releasing flying lantern.
11.15 P.M – drop – Mass releasing flying lantern.

PILGRIM MASS WALKING ROUTE

VESAK CEREMONY

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*) Photo source: ANTARA FOTO/Andreas Fitri Atmoko

WHERE IS IT?

LOCATION:
Mendut temple & The park of Borobudur Temple.

Village (Desa): Borobudur
Sub-district (Kecamatan): Borobudur
Regency (Kabupaten): Magelang
Province (Provinsi): Central Java (Jawa Tengah)

DISTANCE:
About 41 km or 40 minutes to north from downtown Yogyakarta.

MAP:

HOW TO GET TO THE BOROBUDUR TEMPLE?

PUBLIC TRANSPORT:
There is a cheap public transport to get there. Trans Jogja Bus. Ticket only IDR 4,000. First, you must go to halte bus/bus stop of Trans Jogja. Then, you must reach to Jombor Bus Station halte/shelter (halte Jombor), and then change bus to Borobudur and pay about IDR 30,000. From Borobudur bus station you can take a walk to the temple.  Ask to the operator if you still confused. Operator will glad to give information. :-)

From Adi Sutjipto Airport :
please take Route 3A – Stop in Condongcatur Shelter,
then please take Route 2A – Stop in Jombor Bus Station,
then please take a small bus to Borobudur – Stop in Borobudur bus station
From Tugu Railway Station :
please take Route 3A (at Malioboro Shelter) – Stop in Ngabean Shelter,
then please take Route 2B – Stop in Jombor Bus Station
then please take a small bus to Borobudur – Stop in Borobudur bus station
From Giwangan Bus Station :
please take Route 3B – Stop in Ngabean Shelter,
then please take Route 2B – Stop in Jombor Bus Station
then please take a small bus to Borobudur – Stop in Borobudur bus station
From Jombor Bus Station :
please take a small bus direct to Borobudur

*) Trans Jogja operates from 5:30 am until 9:30 pm.

**) There is no bus direct to Borobudur after 6.00 pm. You can rent a scooter or a car or maybe join the tours.

FLYING LANTERN PROCCESS:
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*) The lanterns are released into the night sky that symbolizes enlightenment for the entire universe.

**) Don’t forget to make a wish before you release it. Even you don’t believe it, nothing to loose. Who knows your wish comes true.

HOW MUCH IS THE ENTRANCE FEE?

ENTRY FEE:
IDR 100K per pax (include the flying lantern).

*) You can buy it on Mendut temple on 9 AM on 29th May 2018.

**) Sometime there will be broker/pander who offering the ticket about IDR 150K per pax. Make sure you buy in the correct place.

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*) This is grand buddhist festival celebrates the birth, death and the enlightenment of Siddhartha Gautama as Buddha Shakyamuni. Those events called three holy Vesak or Buddhist day.

**) It always crowded and traffic jam around Borobudur every year. Better if you come earlier.

***) Don’t wear short. Please, wear polite dress because it’s holy ceremony and you need to respect it by your dress and attitudes.

****) Don’t walking in front of buddhist when they are praying. Better you stand far away and use tele camera to capture the moment.

WATCH VESAK CEREMONY ON THE VIDEO:

8 thoughts on “Borobudur Vesak Day Festival (Trisuci Waisak) + Flying Lanterns (Lampion) on (29th May 2018)

  1. Sophia

    Hi roni, thank you so much for your guide! Would like to ask, if we intend to join the ceremony only at about 5pm, is it still possible for us to purchase a ticket and lantern?

    1. kunzyogya Post author

      Hi Sophia,

      Well, i don’t know how many visitor will come on the Borobudur vesak day 2018.
      I can’t predict it.
      But, since one lantern available for four visitor,
      i think it should be possible.

  2. Quoc Thai Nguyen

    Hi, thanks for the agenda, but then when I check again at website: Walubi.org.id, they have a different agenda for 2018 Waisak Day at Borobudur, which falls on 27th to 30th May. The lantern flying process will be held at 23:15 on 29th May after they countdown Waisak seconds. Moreover, the parade will start on 29th from Mendut temple instead of 28th. Please help me if this schedule is right since I’ll be in Yogya these days. Thanks

    1. kunzyogya Post author

      Hi Quoc Thai Nguyen,

      Thank you for checking and asking about Borobudur Vesak Day 2018.
      I already asked a friend and checked walubi.or.id,
      your information are correct, it should be on May 29th, 2018.
      I already revised the article.
      Thanks again. 🙂

      Regards
      Roni Kunz

  3. Lenka

    Hi, do you know if there are any other celebrations of Vesak in small tamples in Jogja region or elsewhere in Jáva? I really would love to avoid crowds, but ceremony sounds tempting…

    1. kunzyogya Post author

      Hi,

      If i’m not mistake, Borobudur Vesak n Lantern Festival year 2019 will be held on May 19th, 2019.
      I will write the article on beginning of May 2019.
      Thank you for visit my travel blog.

      Update comment:
      I already wrote about Borobudur Vesak Lantern 2019.
      Just click the link above.

      Regards

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