So far, the most famous tourist attraction in Magelang is the Borobudur Temple. This magnificent Buddhist temple is indeed a strong magnet to attract tourists. Even an actor in the class of Richard Gere has visited Borobudur Temple to pray and meditate.
However, Magelang is not only about Borobudur Temple. There are still many other tourist attractions located close to Borobudur Temple and interesting for you to visit. On this occasion, we will discuss cool tourist attractions which are located close to Borobudur Temple. Come on, take a look, and note the names of the tourist attractions that we will review here!
- Pawon Temple
Around Borobudur Temple, there are several tourist attractions of small temples. One of those is Pawon Temple. This temple is located only about 2.5 km from Borobudur Temple.
Although the temple is not too big, the temple complex is very neat and beautiful. Many tourists stop by Pawon Temple to take photos with the temple background. If you want to do ‘temple’ hopping, you have to add this Pawon Temple to your list.
- Mendut Temple
The Mendut Temple complex is not as large as the Borobudur Temple. However, this Buddhist temple is a spot that you must stop by when traveling to Borobudur. The temple, built-in 824 AD, was formed from andesite stone with 13.7 x 13.7 meters. It is rectangular with a roof decorated with a small stupa.
Suppose you look closely. Others are reliefs about animals n the walls of the temple walls, such as birds, turtles, and crabs. If you want to go to Borobudur Temple, you must pass this Mendut Temple. The reason is, the two temples are only 3 km apart.
- Punthuk Setumbu
For those of you who don’t know Punthuk Setumbu, this is a hill that is about 400 meters above sea level. This hill is in the Menoreh Mountains cluster. Although it can be visited at any time, tourists who come here on average want to capture the view of the sunrise from this hill.
If you want to see the sunrise, you have to come to Punthuk Setumbu at dawn. The location of this tourist spot is only 5 km from Borobudur Temple. If the weather is sunny and not foggy, you can see the faint silhouette of Borobudur Temple from Punthuk Setumbu.
- Ketep Pass
Magelang offers many mountain attractions, one of which is the Ketep Pass. This tourist spot is located on Sawangan Hill, which is located at an altitude of 1,200 meters above sea level. You can enjoy a panoramic view of Mount Merapi and Mount Merbabu from Ketep Pass.
You can feel the cool air typical of the mountains when you are at Ketep Pass. If you are bored with busy and sparkling tourist spots, Ketep Pass can be the perfect place for refreshing! The facilities here are also quite complete. There are restaurants, toilets, to prayer rooms. By land vehicle, the travel time from Borobudur Temple to Ketep Pass is only about 45 minutes.
- Candirejo Tourism Village
Just 2 km from Borobudur Temple, Candirejo Village is a unique tourist village that brings you closer to the lives of the locals. This village has always been a favorite for tourists who come to Borobudur Temple.
All types of tourism are available here, ranging from agro-tourism, cultural tourism to nature tourism. You can learn the traditions and customs of the villagers who are not eroded by the development of modern times.
- Pinusan Kragilan
Pinusan Kragilan is a pine forest located at the foot of Mount Merbabu. For the people of Magelang and its surroundings, Pinusan Kragilan is better known as Top Selfie Pinusan Kragilan. This name was given because this place does have a number of interesting spots to take pictures.
In addition to exploring the forest and taking pictures, tourists can walk along the Selo Tumpang River which flows along the pine forest. Unfortunately, you can’t set up a tent to camp at this tourist spot which is about 35 km from Borobudur Temple.
- Kyai Langgeng Park
Planning to travel with small children? Come on, just come to Kyai Langgeng Park. This is a family tourist spot that can be reached from Borobudur Temple in 40 minutes.
This 5-hectare park offers a variety of interesting rides and facilities, including a swimming pool, dragon coaster, flying fox, traveling car, and many more. Children will definitely be very happy if they are invited to travel to Kyai Langgeng Park.
- Umbul Temple Hot Springs
Umbul Temple is an ancient site that is now used as a warm water bath for the public. The location is not too close to Borobudur Temple, but you can reach it by traveling by land for about 1 – 1.5 hours.
It is said that this bath used to be the bathing place for the king’s daughter. The princesses will stop by here to clean themselves after carrying out the ritual at Borobudur Temple. Now, the whole community can use it to soak and get rid of body aches.
- Kedung Kayang Waterfall
Do you like tours that test your adrenaline a little? Just visit Kedung Kayang Waterfall. This waterfall is still beautiful and has not been visited by many tourists because the tracks are still completely natural. You have to go hiking to reach the 40-meter high waterfall. The time needed to walk from the vehicle parking lot to the waterfall is 20 minutes.
The scenery around the waterfall is so amazing. The green plants on the side of the path that you go through to reach the waterfall look refreshing to the eyes. In fact, from several spots, you can see views of Mount Merapi and Mount Merbabu.
Those are 9 tourist attractions near Borobudur Temple that you can visit. With the reviews about the cool tourist attractions above, you have a choice of tourist destinations when visiting Magelang. Visit this article on tourist attractions in Magelang to increase your tourist destination references! Before you plan a trip to Borobudur, be sure to read more about Borobudur and Indonesia by visiting Wonderful Indonesia.