Borobudur temple seen from Punthuk Setumbu.

Unforgettable Sunrise At Punthuk Setumbu

When traveling to Yogyakarta or Magelang, enjoying the Borobudur Temple is one of the best choice. But it does not always by visiting the temple or even climbing it. Actually there is another way to enjoy Borobudur temple differently. Also If you are curious to see the Borobudur Temple which is seemed like floating in the thin mist. That means you definitely have to visit to this hill named Punthuk Setumbu.

Punthuk Setumbu is one of the hill which is quite high with great panorama view in the region of Borobudur. It is located in the village of Karangrejo, Borobudur, Magelang, Central Java (Punthuk Setumbu location on google maps). Although it is getting more popular, most of people still knew this hill as Nirvana Borobudur Sunrise Punthuk Setumbu. So if you are visiting Punthuk Setumbu by yourself, you have to look this name on the signs board. Actually this sign board will lead you to Setumbu.

To be able to watch the amazing sunrise phenomenon, you should come very early. The best time is coming around 05.30 in the morning. The journey from downtown of Yogyakarta can be taken approximately 2 hours drive. So you better get up early in the morning. I was getting up around 4 AM, and leave at 4.15 AM. I have packed my breakfast, so I don’t get hungry while waiting the sunrise at Punthuk Setumbu.

Amazing Sunrise Phenomenon at Punthuk Setumbu Hill
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Amazing Sunrise Phenomenon at Punthuk Setumbu Hill

To the top of Punthuk Setumbu, 300 Meters more.
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To the top of Punthuk Setumbu, 300 Meters more.

Can you see where is Borobudur Temple?
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Can you see where is Borobudur Temple?

This natural tourism destination is managed by local people who life near Borobudur. In the past, no body realize it’s potential, until some tourist start to know stunning natural attractions at Punthuk Setumbu. Local residents also have provided lodging near Punthuk Setumbu for travelers who won’t be late to see the sunrise. But, if you choose to stay at Yogyakarta,  you can stay at the Gallery Prawirotaman Hotel which can provides the cars and take their guests to destinations. Even if you leave early in the morning like me.

Many people standing and waiting the sunrise at Punthuk Setumbu
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Many people standing and waiting the sunrise at Punthuk Setumbu

The sun rise slowly from the east and showered Borobudur temple with ray of light.
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The sun rise slowly from the east and showered Borobudur temple with ray of light.

To catch the top of the Punthuk Setumbu hill, I need to do a little bit trekking by foot. Just do a quick walk,  no need to ran an enjoy the fresh air around. With that pace, I can arrive to the top in less than 15 minutes. When I arrived, at the Punthuk Setumbu hill was already filled with local and foreign tourists. Just like my imagination, in the top of Setumbu we can see the view wider and very clearly.  Far in the east, Borobudur Temple seen like floating in the mist. Although in reality it just covered by some thin mist. Not only that I also can seen the giant mount of Merapi and Merbabu which are very huge.

Thin mist is covering landscapes around Setumbu too.
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Thin mist is covering landscapes around Setumbu too.

This is one of perfect view from Punthuk Setumbu.
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This is one of perfect view from Punthuk Setumbu.

Coming to Punthuk Setumbu, you should to bring the best lens. Or, you’ll be regret for not taking the best sunrise view from Punthuk Setumbu. Because the better lens you have, the better you’ll catch the picture of the Borobudur Temple which is look like floating in the mist and showered by the ray of light. Punthuk Setumbu view with mystical mist arise in the Borobudur Temple almost can not be described with words. The beauty can only be enjoyed when you seen directly in the silence morning that surrounds it.

Fact About Punthuk Setumbu :

  • Punthuk Setumbu is open from 04.00 – 17.00.
  • Best time visiting Phuntuk Setumbu is during the sunrise around 05.00 – 07.00 AM.
  • Ticket price is IDR 15.000 for local tourist and IDR 30.000 for foreigner.

Vacation in Yogyakarta would be more efficient if staying at the centrally hotel located, comfortable, and very friendly service as in the Gallery Prawirotaman Hotel. Which is located in Prawirotaman street, many interest places, tasty culinary and shopping centers who are close to the Gallery Prawirotaman Hotel. To get additional discounts, room reservations can be made here.

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