Borobudur Vesak Day Festival (Trisuci Waisak) + Flying Lanterns (Lampion) on (10th-11th May 2017)

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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 10th-11th, 2017

WHAT IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT?

MENDUT TEMPLE:
10.00 A.M on 10th May 2017

BOROBUDUR TEMPLE:
5.00 PM on 10th May 2017

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*) Photo source: ANTARA FOTO/ Aloysius Jarot Nugroho

WHAT IS THE AGENDA?

MENDUT TEMPLE (10th May 2017):
10.00 A.M – Buddhist mass praying (Puja Bakti).
1.00 P.M – Reading holy Parrita.
3.00 P.M – Buddhist mass walking bring Holy water & Eternal flame to Borobudur temple.

BOROBUDUR TEMPLE (10th May 2017):
5.00 P.M – Arrive on Borobudur temple.
9.00 P.M – Preparation before releasing flying lantern.
10.00 P.M – Mass releasing flying lantern.

BOROBUDUR TEMPLE (11th May 2017):
1.00 A.M – 4.00 A.M – Buddhist mass praying & ceremony proccess.
2.00 A.M – Pradaksina ritual or walking around the Borobudur temple for three times.
4.20 A.M – Buddhist mass meditation before Vesak time.
4.42 A.M – Vesak moment.
5.00 A.M – Buddhist finish the meditation.
5.10 A.M – 5.20 A.M – Blessing preparation.
5.20 A.M – 5.30 A.M – Blessing by Bhikkhu Mahathera dan Bhikkhu Mahasthavira
5.30 A.M – 5.40 A.M – Closing by Namaskara

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*) Photo source: ANTARA FOTO/Andreas Fitri Atmoko

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.

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
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
From Giwangan Bus Station :
please take Route 3B – Stop in Ngabean Shelter,
then please take Route 2B – Stop in Jombor Bus Station

From Jombor Bus Station :
please take a 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.

HOW MUCH IS THE ENTRANCE FEE?

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

*) You can buy it on Mendut temple on 10 AM on 10th May 2017.

**) 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.

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16 thoughts on “Borobudur Vesak Day Festival (Trisuci Waisak) + Flying Lanterns (Lampion) on (10th-11th May 2017)

  1. Zouz

    Thank you for your article 🙂
    Any information about the entrance fee? Is it same prices as usually ?( I am Kitas holder)

    Thanks 😉

    1. kunzyogya Post author

      You’re welcome.
      Entrance fee is IDR 100K per pax (include the flying lantern).
      You can buy the ticket on Mendut temple on 10 AM on May 10th 2017.

  2. Lucia

    Hello,

    If we leavee Yoga at 6 pm by car we will be able to see the celebration? Which would you say are the parts that we should attend apart from the lantern release?

    And, can we get the ticket when we arrive? What does the ticket allow you to? I read you cannot go inside Borobudur.

    Thank you so much

    1. kunzyogya Post author

      Hello,

      You still can see the Vesak celebration.
      For visitor/tourist you can join in the Lantern releasing session.
      In the Borobudur there will be separated area for tourist and for buddhist praying.
      Also some spots that can be accessed by journalist.

      Well, the parking area will be full.
      Because so many buddhist from Java arrive in the Borobudur for praying.
      That’s way it will be crowded and traffic jam,
      because the car will be parked along the road.
      Even the village road will be full of the car.
      The crowded will happened till midnight.
      I suggest you to arrive earlier.

  3. Natalie Shriber

    Hello! Thank you for the article! Are the tickets only available at 10am? Or if we arrive at 12pm can we still get a ticket? Is there a limit to the tickets available? Many thanks!

    1. kunzyogya Post author

      Hello! The ticket window for Borobudur Vesak day festival will be open on 10 AM.
      Well, i have no idea on 12 pm because it’s depend on how many tourist will come.
      But, to avoid sold out you can arrive earlier.

  4. Natalie Shriber

    Hello! Is it possible to buy the tickets after 10am? If we come a bit later like 12pm? Are there a fixed number of tickets available? And does Borobudur close early? Many thanks!

    1. kunzyogya Post author

      Hello again.
      Well, it’s depend on how many tourist will come.
      On May 10th 2017 Borobudur will open in the morning only.
      In the mid day they will close it due to Vesak ceremony preparation.
      There will be 1999 lantern (lampion) available.
      It mean 1999 ticket available for tourist.
      One lantern can be used for 4 travelers.

        1. kunzyogya Post author

          You’re welcome.
          From my experience, on 10 AM the officer will ask to the visitor to exit the Borobudur temple,
          because they want to prepare the ceremony in Borobudur area.

  5. Lucas

    Hello,

    Would it still be worth it to visit just in the evening without joining the buddhist ceremony from the other temple? Can we just grab a taxi or motorbike to Borobudur and see the events?

    1. kunzyogya Post author

      Hello,

      Yes, it’s worth it since the main/peak ceremony will be held in Borobudur temple.
      I recommend motorbike since taxi will be expensive and stuck in the crowded traffic.

  6. Laura

    Dear,
    I am writing an article about the waisak festival (I study architecture and we do research about temporal structures). Thank you in advance for the big help you already gave me.
    I understood that everyone can get inside with a ticket also when you’re not a Buddhist? Do the Buddhists have to pay the 30 000rp, as it is for the locals? Or does this work differently ?
    How do the tourists now when to release the lampions since they are separated from the official ceremonies?

    Kind regards
    Laura

    1. kunzyogya Post author

      Dear,

      Buddhist no need to pay the ticket to join Borobudur Vesak (Waisak) ceremony.
      It’s free for buddhist because it’s their rights to pray in the heritage buddhist temple.
      Yup, the tourists who want to release the lampions separated from the ceremonies area.
      But, still in the Borobudur area/park.

      Regards

      Roni Kunz

  7. Quoc Thai

    Hi, I know it’s been a year but this year, we just figured out that we will visit Borobudur right at the Waisak Day (29th May). So I guess I can’t do sunrise tour early 29th right? or it’s still possible to see, and will it be super crowded for that tour? Also, if it’s not possible to see sunrise tour, will the ceremony finish at early 30th May so that tourist can watch sunrise then? Or at least the last option, will the borobudur be opened in morning on Wesak Day?
    Thanks for your advices.

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