ROADTRIP TO BOROBUDUR AND CHICKEN CHURCH
It was the day when suddenly we all got very excited to hit the road together with the squad, and by squad I mean Bhumi Family. Each and every one of us got our own scooter, we set up our riding plan and the route that we’re going to take because there are many ways to get to Borobudur temple from Jogjakarta. This by the way was my first Bhumi’s road trip to Borobudur and the chicken church. What’s a chicken church by the way? You’ll see later. Keep reading.
So, it was a very sunny and lovely day to do a scooter trip. We left the house at about 10ish in the morning. Kind of wish that we could have gone earlier but then we had to wait for some people to finish their thing in the hostel. Well, 5 scooters off at about 10 and I finally hit the road at about half ten. I set up my GPS through Godean Rd. yeah we decided to take the longer road to see more of Jogja.
So four of us on two scooters were riding in Jogja’s quite busy time on the road. About 40 minutes driving we were welcomed by all these rice fields nicely formed and green as far as the eyse can see. We stopped a couple of times to enjoy this magnificent view. How I wish I could have stayed longer to just sit down nursing a cup of coffee with a good reading material, but well, I must not forget that two other scooters are behind me following since I got the gps on my phone.
Anyway, the day got even hotter and it was the time to re-apply a sunscreen lotion to protect the skin for being kissed by the sun. We stopped whenever there’s a beautiful ricefield on the side of the road. The life around the area that we’re driving is very different than the life back in the city of Jogjakarta. There was a tea producing factory and there were some big companies which have their factory in the area that we’re driving. One thing about riding on a scooter with big group of people. Always have the riding plan briefed so that everyone knows which road that they are going. Google map helps to pinpoint the road that you’re going to take, so for those who don’t have an online map would know which road to take.
For example if you are going to borobudur via magelang rd. (Jalan magelang 0KM) then you’re going through town. However, the road that we took was Godean which was from the west side of Jogja all the way up north west until you reach borobudur. My advice? Always have an online map for each and everyone, just in case a slow rider might get lost behind the fast ones. Once we reach borobudur area, you’ll have to park your scooter in one of a “parking place” on the left side of the road, well, usually those parkers will stand on the side of the road and ask you to come inside this parking place. We paid 5k each scooter and was advised to not lose the ticket.
Borobudur can be really hot during the day so best to do it in the morning or the sunrise if you fancy waking up at 3 in the morning. By the way, Borobudur costs you about 30k if you are local and around 260 for foreigners. However, if you happened to have your student card with you, you can get 50% discount! So never forget your student card while travelling. I know that most people won’t even bring their student card, like? What do I need that for? Well, apparently you do need one in order to get that amazing discount.
What if you forget to bring one? Well, if you are still registered as a Uni student. You can log on to your uni account and let them know or the driver that you’re going with the tour with. Or? You can also just have your student ID picture on your phone, that works too. What sort of criteria of the card that will pass you? As long as it says student or University, you will be fine.
It was one sunny and cloudy day in borobudur. I didn’t even mind with the heat of the sun anymore. Because I am looking at one of the most beautiful landscape I have ever seen in my life, yet. Borobudur is surrounded by nature and that’s the thing that I like the most about this temple. If only there’s a shade that can protect us from being kissed by the sun for hours and hours. Oh well, the sacrifice of enjoying god’s creation is to be burned right in the middle of the day. Another tip is, never go when you think it’s about to rain. Because there is no shelter to protect yourself from being wet.
One and a half hours enjoying the biggest Buddhist temple in the world. It was the time for us to move on to our next destination. The famous chicken church! Yes you heard me. We are going to the church that has a shape of a chicken. Dove? Pigeon? Apparently it is commonly known as “Chicken”. It is located just about 15 minutes away from Borobudur. Just in the area of “Puthuk Sethumbu” the hill where you see the sunrise.
It’s quite easy to reach there apparently. You can reach there either by your scooter or even car. As we rode through the village, we were welcomed by another amazing view of rice fields and the local life. So best not to speed the scooter when you are there, must respect the locals.
Don’t speed! the road is very narrow!
After about 15 minutes riding to the village we parked our scooter in the parking place before we walk up to the hill. Yes another walking up hill and this one is different than borobudur or may I say just as tiring as borobudur. Borobudur has loads of stairs this one is muddy hill so you have to watch your step when you go up. I would highly recommend to wear at least shoes for your own safety and convenient.
Before you go further up to see the church, there is an entry fee of 10K if you are local and as for foreigners add 5k more, you know, there’s always an addition for those who are not from Indonesia, but it is what it is ;). Do not lose your receipt because you will need that to enter the church. It was quite a long walk up to the hill. Apparently the mothership of chicken is located at the very top of “Rhema Hill”, so no excuse for those who always skip leg days haha. It was to be honest, quite a workout to go up there! However, for those who can’t be bothered to walk. They have a jeep shuttle which costs you 7k to go up and down. What a nice feature indeed.
As we walked up to the hill among the bushes and chickens around, we finally reached the top after about 10 or 15 minutes intensive up hill walking. We finally witnessed the world’s strangest church ever built by humankind. The famous Chicken Church was right in front of our eyes. We just can’t believe how bizarre this church looks. Usually what occurs to mind about a church is a nice European-design cathedral and not a chicken.
We entered the chicken church as the guy had our tickets checked and ripped as a sign that you really have your ticket and paid. You can walk up to the beak to see the green view, or, go even further up to the crown where you will see a full panoramic view of Menoreh mountain and a stunning landscape view of the village around. It was absolutely breathtaking, we felt like we could sit there for hours to enjoy the view from the crown. It was pretty crowd as people tried to go up and took as much selfies as they can.
Here is that breathtaking view from the crown that I was talking about. It was absolutely green as far as the eyes can see. Purely green and tranquil. Clouds are forming stunningly above those beautifully formed mountains. Ladies and gentlemen, I present you, Menoreh mountain.
After a long journey to get to both places, we finally headed home at about 5 and approaching jogja, it was raining so bear in mind to have a poncho with you or a proper raincoat would be perfect. Stay tune for more stories about our journey to discover this magical city. Next stop? Borobudur sunrise and beaches around Jogja! Thank you for those who take the time to read our blog we wish you a very lovely day x