Mendut Temple Tours

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A couple of miles (3.5 kilometers) from the UNESCO World Heritage–listed temple of Borobudur, the charming Mendut Temple (Candi Mendut) features an attached working Buddhist monastery. Built in the early 9th century, the temple and the village that houses it are the starting point for the annual Waisak (Buddha day) celebrations.

The Basics
There is a tiny admission charge to Mendut Temple (Candi Mendut), which also covers admission to Pawon Temple (Candi Pawon), another small temple related to majestic Borobudur. It’s perfectly possible to visit all three temples independently, but many prefer the seamless transportation of a tour or private driver, perhaps with the historic insights of a private guide.

Most Mendut tours bundle this temple with others in the Yogyakarta area: particularly Borobudur and Pawon. Some combine Borobudur, Mendut, and Pawon with the Prambanan complex, which is a lot to take in over a single day. Mendut is also a popular stop on multi-day tours of Yogyakarta and its environs. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Mendut Temple is a must for serious history buffs. 
  • Candi Mendut is a small and simple temple, around 85 feet (26 meters) in height, but the stone carvings within its inner sanctum are dazzling.
  • As with any religious site in South East Asia, it’s worth dressing appropriately—try to cover your shoulders and kneeds. 

How to Get There
The best way to reach Mendut Temple independently is by traveling from Yogyakarta to Borobudur then walking or taking a taxi. The 25-mile (40-kilometer) journey from Yogyakarta to Borobudur takes around two hours by bus from the Jombor or Giwangan terminals. Many prefer the ease of an organized tour that starts and finishes at their door and covers off temples such as Pawon and Borobudur, or the comfort of a private driver.

When to Get There
Candi Mendut comes into its own on Waisak (Buddha’s birthday), which falls around May each year on a date set by the lunar calendar—that’s also when the temple is very busy. Assuming you’re combining Mendut with Borobudur, try to avoid weekends and Indonesian public holidays, which is when the Borobudur crowds are at their most hectic. 

Waisak at Borobudur and Mendut
Although the Buddhist Sailendra dynasty that built Borobudur and Mendut is long gone, Indonesia boasts a diverse selection of Buddhist traditions. Waisak, a holiday that celebrates Buddha’s birthday, is an official holiday for all of Indonesia. Prayers and processions start from Candi Mendut and progress to Borobudur, and both the temple and the monastery come alive in spectacular fashion. 
Location
Address: Jl. Mayor Kusen, Mungkid, Magelang, Jawa Tengah, Indonesia 56512, Indonesia
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To make the most of historic Yogyakarta and its surrounds, it pays to have not just transport but a guide. This 3-night private guided experience delivers the highlights of the city and around, from sunrise over Borobudur to the 10th-century temples of Prambanan, from the sultan’s palace to the historic neighborhood of Kota Gede. Choose between budget and luxury hotels, with breakfast.
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Experience the extraordinary holiday in Yogyakarta by visiting the magnificent temples! We combine the experiences of culture, nature and adventure by enjoying the sunrise from a hill with the backdrop of Borobudur temple and volcanoes in central Java followed by a visit to Mendut & Pawon temples. We will stop by at Prambanan Temple to end your amazing trip. Highlights: Enjoy the spectacular sunrise view of Borobudur followed by Mendut & Pawon temples tourExplore the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Borobudur and PrambananAdmission Fees included to avoid hassle
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Experience the extraordinary holiday in Yogyakarta by visiting the magnificent temples! We combine the experiences of culture, nature and adventure from a hill with the backdrop of Borobudur temple and volcanoes in central Java followed by a visit to Mendut & Pawon temples. There will be an English speaking guide who will explain the history and symbolism of the temples during your spectacular temple tour. Highlights: Enjoy the spectacular view of Borobudur followed by Mendut & Pawon temples tourExplore the UNESCO World Heritage sites of BorobudurAdmission Fees included to avoid hassle
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Private Tour: Full Day Lava Tour By Jeep In Merapi Volcano Including Borobudur Sunrise Pawon Mendut and Prambanan Temples Tour

Check off not one but two UNESCO World Heritage sites and an active volcano on this action-packed private door-to-door tour. Begin with sunrise at Borobudur, followed by the smaller nearby temples of Pawon and Mendut. Next, board a jeep to explore the lava-strewn slopes of Mount Merapi. Finally, visit the 10th-century Prambanan temples.
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Borobudur Sunrise with Dieng Plateau Tour from Yogyakarta

Experience the extraordinary holiday in Yogyakarta by visiting the magnificent temples & participating in the volcanic tour! Enjoy the sunrise from a hill with the backdrop of Borobudur temple and volcanoes in central Java followed by a visit to Mendut & Pawon temples. Afterwards, we will explore a unique volcanic region in Central Java which is The Dieng Plateau. You discover rolling green hills, multi-colored lakes and bubbling pits of mud. All surrounded by views of nearby mountains and volcanoes.  Highlights: Enjoy the spectacular sunrise view of Borobudur followed by Mendut & Pawon temples tourExplore the UNESCO World Heritage site of BorobudurVisit Dieng Plateau which include Sikidang Creater, Arjuna Temple & Color Lake
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Experience the extraordinary holiday in Yogyakarta by visiting the magnificent temples & participating in the volcanic tour! We combine the experiences of culture, nature and adventure by enjoying the sunrise from a hill with the backdrop of Borobudur temple and volcanoes in central Java followed by a visit to Mendut & Pawon temples. Afterwards, we will explore one of the most active volcanos in Indonesia at Mount Merapi by 4WD jeep. Highlights: Enjoy the spectacular sunrise view of Borobudur followed by Mendut & Pawon temples tourExplore the UNESCO World Heritage sites of BorobudurWitness the amazing view of Mount Merapi on a 4WD lava tourAdmission Fees included to avoid hassle
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