Yogyakarta (Jogja) backpacker's guide

CHICKEN CHURCH (Gereja Ayam) + SUNRISE

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WHY BACKPACKER SHOULD VISIT THIS CHURCH?

UNIQUE CHURCH
This building is very unique or uncommon for church. The form of building just like chicken, or pigeon by design.

UNMAINSTREAM TOURISM SITE
You gonna visit the Unmain tourism place. By local people, this place are not so popular. But, it’s very popular in Europe.

CLOSE TO MAINSTREAM TOURISM SITE
This place are close to MAINSTREAM site in YOGYAKARTA Such as BOROBUDUR, SETUMBU HILL & RAFTING ELO RIVER.

CHEAP
The entry ticket is very cheap.
‘CHICKEN CHURCH’ ticket = Rp10,000.
*) Not include Parking Car/Motorcycle or Transport to the site.

WORTHED
You visit UNIQUE & EXOTIC PLACE. ‘CHICKEN CHURCH’ surrounded by forest. SUNRISE at the top/crown of CHICKEN CHURCH same like on SETUMBU HILL.

WHAT IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT?

BEST MOMENT
The time should managed very well. So, you got the best TIME to visit.
Watch SUNRISE at the top of CHICKEN CHURCH, after that go to BOROBUDUR in quiet or little visitor.
*) For watching SUNRISE at CHICKEN CHURCH, better leave from Yogya at 4.00 am.

**) If you visit in rainy season, the jungle will looks green and charming. Otherwise, it will looks brown and dry.

***) You can see from the top of church,i surounded by amazing volcanoes and mountain such as Sumbing, Tidar, Merapi, Merbabu and Suroloyo.

Chicken church on dry season/summer:

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DESCRIPTION:

Most of the travelers who visit Setumbu hill for watching sunrise did not realize there is unique building close to Setumbu hill. Yes, local people call it “Gereja Ayam”, means Chicken church in English.

A christian “Daniel Alamsjah” design the church as pigeon form at first in 1992. With a crown at top of the head. But, local people had different view. It more look like chicken than pigeon  ‘dove’. Then, it become famous as ‘chicken church’.

Today, the church no longer use as a church. But, as a “House of Praying” of many religion. Also as an alternative for watching sunrise.

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WHERE IS IT?

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

MAP:

DISTANCE:
About 45 minutes – 1 hour to north from downtown Yogyakarta or about 8-10 minutes or 2.5 km from Borobudur temple.

HOW TO GET TO THE SITE?

PUBLIC TRANSPORT:
There is a cheap public transport to get there. First, Trans Jogja Bus. Ticket only IDR 4,000. You must go to halte bus/bus stop/shelter of Trans Jogja. Then, you must reach to Jombor bus station (Terminal Jombor) or (halte Jombor), and then change bus to Borobudur, ticket about IDR30,000. Then you change taxi motor to site.
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
please take a bus direct to Borobudur
Then, please take a taxi motorcycle to Gereja Ayam
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
please take a bus direct to Borobudur
Then, please take a taxi motorcycle to Gereja Ayam
From Giwangan Bus Station :
please take Route 3B – Stop in Ngabean Shelter,
then please take Route 2B – Stop in Jombor Bus Station
please take a bus direct to Borobudur
Then, please take a taxi motorcycle to Gereja Ayam
From Jombor Bus Station :
please take a bus direct to Borobudur
Then, please take a taxi motorcycle to Gereja Ayam

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

*) It always hard to find a bus in early morning. Better you rent a motorcycle from Yogyakarta. Start 4 A.M if you don’t want miss sunrise.

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HOW MUCH IT COST?

ENTRANCE TICKET:
IDR 10,000 for Foreigner
IDR 3,000 for motorcycle parking

*) After Indonesian movie AADC 2 launched, this place become popular cause some scene take a shot in here, thus for the entrance fee elevated become IDR15,000 for international traveler and IDR10,000 for local.

**) Don’t surprised that the ticketing man is mute.

***) My last visit is on November 25th 2016, i surprised that the entrance fee for international visitor is go up to IDR 25k per pax. The ticketing girl told me that happened since 10 days ago.

HIKING TIME:
About 5 minutes.

*) Today they provide a jeep to help you to hike to the church location. You just pay only IDR 5K.

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OTHER INFORMATION:

MOBILE PHONE SIGNAL:
Weak signal for your cell phone.

CAFE/RESTAURANT:
There are some local/simple/traditional cafe.

*) For foreigner i recommend: Don’t drink with ice cube in any restaurant or street food in Indonesia, because indonesian ice cube made from not boiled water. It contain bacteria (E. Coli) that can makes stomach problem or diarrhea. Indonesian intestine become immune (adapted) to this bacteria, but not for foreigner (american and european especially).

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RESTROOM/TOILET:
Some restroom and toilet

*) Better bring your own tissue

**) Sometimes there will be local guide offering to you to get to the site.

***) For better sunrise in ‘Gereja Chicken’ is in the summer or dry season, good clarity.

Updated info: The last time i went there at February on 25th. There is no guard who open the gate at 7 am when we arrived. So, better avoid this place to watch the sunrise.

Updated info: After Indonesian movie AADC 2 launched, this place become popular cause some scene take a shot in here and  you can watch for sunrise only on weekend. (15th May 2016)

Updated info: Today you can watch sunrise on weekday also. But, limited only 15 persons who can go up to the (top) crown of chicken church.

(Featured image) source:
http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/list/tag/daniel+alamsjah

GET MORE INFO/HISTORY OF CHICKEN CHURCH FROM THE VIDEO:



*) You can use it for Pre Wedding photo, Family gathering and Youth camp. Here the contact: yayasansinarbukitrhema@gmail.com

**) Today, they put iron fence around the top of chicken church for safety.

***) On February 5th, 2017 i almost missed the chicken church sunrise because the guard on upstairs and he is deaf. Make sure you call him loudly or you can ask the seller around the church to call him.

If you need car transport, you can contact me.
My old brother is a driver, he drive so gently and he can speak english very well.
All in package (car, driver & gasoline) to Chicken church, Borobudur temple and any other destination/sights = Rp550.000. Maximum 5 persons for one car for 12 hours. Departing from Yogya at 4.00 am.
Here my number: +6281 2277 0029 (Whatsapp)

17 thoughts on “CHICKEN CHURCH (Gereja Ayam) + SUNRISE

  1. syarif

    Informative . Greaaat! No word to say.. make sure you also involve/facilitate more locals inside the web like the guest houses info,bike rental etc.

    1. kunzyogya Post author

      Well, thank you.
      Actually so many guest house and bike rental in Yogyakarta.
      But, i need to sorting it and inform it as recommended for Jogja backpacker.

  2. Maria Laura loustalet

    We went with Roni and Awi to Chicken church at 7 am and the guard not coming yet! , so so we can not go the top of chicken church, but nice to take pics outside !!

      1. kunzyogya Post author

        Today they have a jeep to carry you to the top of the hill.
        Only pay Rp5K, you don’t need feel half-dead.

          1. kunzyogya Post author

            Setahu saya Jeep di Gereja ayam (Chicken church) ada setiap hari semenjak film AADC2.
            Mungkin jam nya yang tidak tetap.
            Kadang jam 8, jam 9 atau jam 10.
            Untuk sunrise atau pagi hari memang belum ada.

            Jeep Gereja ayam (Chicken church) start dari parkiran mobil/motor sampai ke lokasi Gereja.
            Cukup dekat memang. Tapi, sangat membantu buat mereka yang tidak kuat mendaki.

    1. kunzyogya Post author

      Yes, normally we can go to underground chamber.
      But, the last time i visit there. The guard not coming yet.
      So, i suggest you to visit chicken church in the afternoon, not in the morning.

  3. masdhed

    my home is just 7 kilos from this place, but in swear of god, i never know that this place exist (lol). Thanks god i’ve contact with this site owner and he ‘s give me generous info about this place include route from my home hahahaha..
    Thank you

    1. kunzyogya Post author

      Hello,

      Yes, today they open for sunrise on weekdays.
      But, the number limited, only 15 persons per day.

      Cheers.

  4. chhavi

    Can someone tell me if we can see the view of the chicken church from top (like some view point) or we can just go next to it?

    1. kunzyogya Post author

      Well, we can see the view of the chicken church from top.
      But, only the top side view of the chicken church.

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