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When visiting the impressive Borobudur Buddhist Temple in Central Java, the temple itself is not the only place of interest in the area. Not far from Borobudur is an interesting little village called Candirejo that is definitely worth a visit. For a break from “modern” life, designate a few days to watch, learn and experience life in this this quaint town, where ancient traditions are still followed, and indeed the village is best known for how it has maintained the authenticity of such traditions. Candirejo Village is located in the Borobudur District, about 3 kilometers southeast of Borobudur Temple in Magelang, Central Java.
The village is set amidst lush green fields and tropical rainforests, and populated with friendly people. Candirejo is said to be a symbol of Javanese culture where visitors can experience and participate in a variety of cultural attractions and activities. Many homemade handicrafts and souvenirs are also made here, such as beds, benches and bookshelves of bamboo, and bags and mats made of pandanus; all of which are available for purchase.
The word Candirejo is a combination of two Javanese words: Candi and Rejo. Candi means temple, but it can also mean stone, and Candirejo happens to be quite a stony area. The word Rejo means fertile, so when put together, Candirejo got its name as the land that was full of stones, but yet remained fertile.
The three closest cities to Candirejo Village are Semarang, Yogyakarta, and Solo. Yogyakarta is the closest at about 40 kilometers away, followed by Semarang at 90 kilometers and Solo at 100 kilometers away.
Yogyakarta is the most easily accessible of the three, and has available international flights from Singapore and Kuala Lumpur on Air Asia, and domestic flights from Jakarta, Bandung, Surabaya, Medan, Makassar, Balikpapan, Banjarmasin, Denpasar, Pontianak and Batam.
The Achmad Yani Airport in Semarang is internationally accessible from Singapore via Batavia Air, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia via AirAsia. Domestic flights are available from Jakarta, Surabaya, Denpasar, Bandung, Banjarmasin, and other smaller cities around Indonesia.
Flights to Solo are available internationally from Singapore via Silk Air, and domestically from Jakarta, Balikpapan and Banjarmasin.
From any of these three airports, you can catch a cab direct to Candirejo village. Either that, or you can take a bus to the Borobudur Terminal, and then continue to Candirejo via taxi, motorcycle taxi or horse carriage.
Semarang, Yogyakarta and Solo can also be reached by train or inter-city buses from Jakarta or Surabaya, and of course also overland by car.