Magelang, Indonesia: What’s with Bukit Rhema & Gereja Ayam

You may know this place through one very well-known Indonesian movie sequel Ada Apa Dengan Cinta? 2. At least, that’s the case for us hahahah! While this place was probably already known by many of the locals, the movie admittedly played a role in promoting this place. Bukit Rhema, or Rhema Hill’s beauty was successfully captured in that movie. And indeed, during our visit, though it was cloudy at the time, the place definitely gives a meaningful vibe to it.

Gereja Ayam or the Chiken Church(?) gives more of the intriguing vibe as you enter the building and read all the history from how it was built. How So? Originally, this place was built for everyone who believes in the existence of God, as a place for them to do their prayers. And the plan was to build them into a Dove (the bird) shape – as a symbol of peace. But as time goes by and monetary issues hits, the development was paused though it was already made halfway, with the head and tail of a bird/chicken formed. Because of that, most people started calling this building Gereja Ayam (The Chicken Church).

The building itself is actually really huge. I can honestly say you can do a 500 invitees-wedding in that hall itself. You can climb up the stairs to the top of this building – just like in the movie – to get a beautiful 360 view around Magelang for about Rp 15,000 (USD 1.50) and of course, the great Borobudur Temple can be easily seen from up top. While you’re only allowed to stand there for a couple of minutes due to the weight limit, and queues from tourists, I personally think that it is enough to get it all in. I’d say the ticket price is worth it because you can definitely see the effort for their future development. Sunrise would be the best timing for the best view.

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Before you get there:

Definitely get comfy. Pair of sneakers is recommended because to reach the church hill you need to actually climb a steep slope. While there was a staircase made instead of just the slope, I am not kidding – it is hella tiring. I think you can opt for a jeep ride up but for a sum of money <- this I am not too sure.

But I’d say, experience the pain guys! XD



Borobudur Temple: The Magnificent


I don’t think there are any better ways to describe the Borobudur temple other than majestic, grand, magnificent.. you can go on with the list. Its grand scale stands out as the only man-made construction, distinct from its natural surroundings.

The Borobudur temple (located in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia) is a Buddhist temple built in the 9th century. It is currently the largest buddhist temple in the world. It was first discovered in 1814 by Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles during the English colonial occupation in Indonesia.

The Borobudur temple consists of nine platforms, leading to a central dome on its top. Lower levels of the temple consist of corridors with hand-sculpted narrative relief panels depicting the life of Sidharta Gautama, as well as local stories and historical events. On top, the central dome lies surrounded by several stupas with Buddha statues in each of them. The central dome is believed to have housed a grand Buddha statue, which is now on display at the gardens.

The temple itself is situated in an archaeological complex, which consists of lush gardens, a venue for traditional  Javanese archery, as well as offices for the ongoing archaeological research. You’ll also encounter a traditional market selling souvenirs at the end of your visit.

To truly experience Borobudur temple, it is advised that you explore each platform as you climb your way to the central dome. The architecture will leave you in awe, wondering and imagining how men would have made such grand structure back in the times 🙂

  • Borobudur Temple is located outdoor so check the weather.
  • Spend at least half a day to fully experience the Borobudur Archaeological Park, which includes the temple and its museums. You’ll learn a lot more.
  • Check the official website for entrance ticket prices. Prices vary & may change.