Online publication, Kompas.com, recently unveiled that PT Taman Wisata Candi, the state company in charge of Borobudur management, increased entrance fees for tourists who want to see the sunrise or the sunset over the temple.
Borobudur temple in Magelang, Central Java, has long been one of the most popular tourist destinations in Indonesia. The largest Buddhist temple in the world offers breathtaking sunrise views with lush green hills providing a beautiful backdrop to its ancient stupas. Starting 1 January 2020, prices to marvel both sunrise or sunset at the temple is increased by 5% which affects both foreign and domestic visitors.
According to Emilia Eny Utari, the company secretary of PT Taman Wisata Candi (TWC) to Kompas.com, ticket prices for foreign tourists have been increased from Rp 475,000 (US$34.82) to Rp 500,000 (US$36.66); and Rp 350,000 (US$25.66) to Rp 370,000 (US$27.13) for domestic tourists. Meanwhile, for students and children, the prices are now set at Rp 400,000 (US$29.33) and Rp 250,000 (US$18.33) for foreigners, respectively, and Rp 280,000 (US$20.53) and Rp 185,000 (US$13.56) for locals.
They are, however, a few gimmicks provided to the visitors. Beside enjoying the vision of the sun rising or setting over the majestic temple, ticket holders will also be given special access to explore the site, souvenirs, with breakfast and/or dinner.
“Breakfast will be provided for tourists coming to see the sunrise, meanwhile dinner will be for visitors during the sunset,” explained Emilia Emy Utari to the publication.
Tourists registered for the ‘Sunrise Borobudur tourism package’ will depart at 4.30 am from Hotel Manohara, owned by TWC and located within the compound of the temple. They will walk to the temple using a flashlight and climb the temple’s steps up to the ninth level. At exactly 5:30 am, they can expect to see the sun rising, turning the stones from violet into gold while admiring the sun between Mount Merapi and Mt. Merbabu.
TWC is also introducing two new tourism packages, namely Paket Cinta Budaya (Love of Culture Package) and Paket Peduli Budaya (Care for Culture Package), as well as a new service named Borobudur Breakfast. Both packages are proposed to groups with a minimum of 30 people. It includes a special access to the temple, Borobudur Museum, as well as a screened documentary on the cultural heritage site. The prices also include a tour guide service, mineral water and a ride on a park train.
Meanwhile, the Borobudur Breakfast boasts features similar to Borobudur Sunrise, as well as additional services such as courses on batik painting, traditional music and gerabah handicraft and traditional food tasting. Breakfast packages are priced from Rp 370,000(US$27.13) for domestic adult visitors and from Rp 500,000 (US$36.66) for foreign visitors.