Who does not know Borobudur Temple? Every travelers who visited Jogja always made Borobudur temple as their list travel destination. Borobudur Temple located in Magelang, not in Jogja. For some travelers, sunrise and sunset are the target of their travel trip. They will find out the best location of sunrise and sunset at their location. One of the best spots to enjoy the sunrise in Magelang is Punthuk Setumbu.
Puntuk Setumbu located in Karang Rejo village, Borobudur, Magelang. Access to Punthuk Setumbu easy enough, we can use GPS in our smartphone. From Jogja we need an hour drive to Borobudur Temple. From the junction of Manohara Hotel there are signs direction “Borobudur Nirvana Sunrise” or “Punthuk Setumbu”, we can follow the road directions to find Puntuk Setumbu parking lot. The road to the location is small but open for cars and motorcycles, the parking lot is also extensive enough. Each visitor need to pay IDR. 15.000/person for entrance ticket.
Punthuk Setumbu has a good view to watch the sunrise from 400 meters above sea level. To reach the peak of Punthuk Setumbu, we will take about 20 minutes with the good track with lots of stairs and lighting (when trekking early morning).
On both side of the track there are several small shop which provide snacks such as gorengan and instant noodles, there are also mineral water and hot drinks like tea and coffee. Not to worry, there are also toilets on the track to the peak. Arrive at the peak Puntuk Setumbu there are gazebo and chairs to relax while wait the sunrise and enjoy the hot drinks.
Before sunrise, the visitors will be looking for get the forefront of their best sunrise shots. The photographer with a tripod and expensive lenses, and the tourists are ready to wait the sun rises in the Borobudur’s sky.
Puntuk Setumbu present the view of fog-mist blanketed the hills around Borobudur.The best time to visit this location is during the dry season, to get the perfect sunrise, not covered with clouds. Sadly, I get the cloudy-sunrise.
After enjoy the sunrise, not far from the Punthuk Setumbu, there are Gereja Ayam (Chicken Church). Follow the road access down from the peak we will find an ancient building shaped chicken. This ancient building looks neglected, but still standing strong in the area of Bukit Rhema. The visitors can go up to the top floor to see the view from the top of the church. The visitors come here looks interested because the unique building. This Chicken Church also used for photo hunting.
Ticket Punthuk Setumbu IDR. 15.000.
The Car Park IDR. 5.000.