According to local myth and legend, the Menoreh Hills of Central Java actually depict the sleeping outline of Gunadarma, architect of Borobudur Temple. Like the monument itself, this region is a captivating labyrinth of natural wonders and cultural treasures just waiting to be explored.
Stretching from Kulon Progo Regency in the west to Magelang Regency in the east, this region offers up myriad attractions for the curious traveler. The ancient town of Magelang is nestled in a spellbinding landscape of rolling hills, such as Punthuk Setumbu, where you can watch sunrise illuminate the valley and gaze in wonder as Borobudur emerges from the mist at dawn. Borobudur’s sister temples, namely Mendut and Pawon, provide a wider perspective on the architecture, culture and ancient religion that once made this area the epicentre of power and pilgrimage in Java.
Today, many fields and villages fan out from the great mandala of the world’s largest Buddhist monument. For guests in the region, this rural landscape provides a unique opportunity to get a glimpse into local culture and discover Java’s distinctive identity through its arts. Whether exploring local villages, taking a ride in a traditional horse cart or learning Javanese pottery techniques, the rich culture and heritage of Java is all around.
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