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Punthuk Setumbu Mountain View
Punthuk photo spot and observation deck. With mount merapi as background. Img: Dinar Amelia

Hunting for a perfect golden sun in the morning. Punthuk Setumbu is one of the best places for the sunrise hunter. With the top of Borobudur Temple silhouette and Mount Merapi as the background. Punthuk Setumbu is popular as the budget version to access a glimpse of Borobudur Temple.

Punthuk Setumbu is a hill with a height of about 400 meters and located in Menoreh Mountain. Before becoming a tourist destination, Punthuk Setumbu once was a farm field maintained by the locals. The location of the hill is a bit away from Yogyakarta.

The stopover will definitely worth enough. Since the attraction is located near the preeminent Buddhist temple. And other top destinations like the famous chicken church. The famous church location is within walking distance from the hill.

swing and see the mountain view
Swing and see the mountain view. Img: Ardilah Dimitri

There are many photo spots offering a different spectacular view from the hill. Wake up early and expect to do a light hike to reach the hill. Bring a bottle of water and a snack. Experience a different sunrise view and splendid landscape of Merapi volcano.

Attraction Spot in Punthuk Setumbu

Punthuk Setumbu hill is literally the slope of Menoreh Mountain. With the other elevation post called Cething, Cemuris, and Setompo close to each other. Even there is 3 other hill in the same area. Punthuk Setumbu is the most visited and favorite place for tourists among the others.

From the entrance and parking area, visitors will have to climb up the paved stair. It takes 10-20 minutes from the entrance gate to the sunrise observation deck.

punthuk setumbu photo spot
Each spot at Punthuk hill offers lush green scenery. Img: Hok Khun

Sunrise View

Renowned as the best place to watch Nirvana Sunrise. Punthuk hill is usually packed with visitors from 04:00 am tagging the best spot. The top of Borobudur Temple seen in a distance.

But most of the people rush to come here to watch the sunrise with Mountain background. And the paddy field landscape. There is some spot in Punthuk hill with a 360-degree view, the love sign spot. And the most favorite queue the swinging spot.

punthuk setumbu sunrise deck
Punthuk Setumbu sunrise observation deck. Img: HerryAnto Mbolang Sak Tekane

Camping Ground

There is an area provide for guests to spend a night and build a tent. Most of the camper will come in the afternoon. Build a tent and get to see the city light and sleep under the sky. The guest can enjoy the sparkling night view of Magelang city from the hills.

There is also a small guest house around the hill area for a short sunrise layover. There is no additional charge for camping activities in Punthuk hill. However, at the entrance, make sure to register.

The guest should try the treehouse too. Made of wood and hang in the tree, the house offers a sensation of different living spaces. With a wide unlimited view sets in a quiet area.

Mountain view punthuk hill
Besides the mountain view, guests can see locals’ small farming yard. Img: Vincentius Christopher

Punthuk Setumbu Opening Hours

Punthuk Setumbu is open every day. On a weekday the entrance counter will open from 04:00 am in the morning to 05:00 pm. But on weekends and public holidays, Punthuk Setumbu entrance counter is open all day long.

The best time to visit Punthuk Setumbu hill is during the dry season. Visitor will get the best chance of clear sky and wide visibility. Be there before 05:00 in the morning to get the better spot for enjoying the sunrise.

Punthuk Setumbu Opening Hours
Weekday04:00 am to 05:00 pm
Weekend and National Holiday24 Hours

Nearby: Chicken Church, Sunrise Top Spot & Mountain View.

Punthuk Setumbu Entrance Fee

The foreign visitor will have to pay more than the locals. The entrance fee doesn’t include the parking ticket for a private car or scooter. There is no additional charge for camping on this site.

Punthuk Setumbu Entrance Fee
Children & Adult50.000
Car Parking5.000
Scooter2.000

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What To Prepare

From the entrance gate, visitors will have to hike to get to the top. Wear comfortable shoes for trekking or mountain sandal. Bring sweaters or jacket and also a headlamp. There is a small stall in the entrance selling food. Make sure to pack up some snacks and water.

Facilities

Some of the local people are also working as a guide in Punthuk Setumbu. Take the guide as the locals will pass on a good insight; a story of Punthuk Setumbu. Some local guides will offer a short unbeaten path to Chicken Church.

The guide service also flexible, visitors can negotiate and combine the package to Borobudur temple. The cost for guide service starts from Rp.150.000.- to do 3 places.

The guest and visitor can relax in a gazebo. There are the locals’ traditional houses around the area. And some of the locals lease their home for the visitor.

How To Get To Punthuk Setumbu

The hill is located 44 km away or an hour driving from Yogyakarta. From the center of Magelang, it takes half an hour and only 10 minutes from Borobudur Temple. To get here from the downtown of Yogyakarta.

Hop on Line 3 A Transjogja Bus from Adisucipto International Airport. Change into another line 2A at Condongcatur Shelter to Jombor bus station. From Jombor Bus station catch a small bus that passes the Borobudur terminal.

The small bus will cost Rp30.000,-. Use the taxi-bike to reach Punthuk Setumbu. Cost for the taxi-bike range from Rp30.000.- to Rp50.000,- depends on the bargaining skill. The bus route is not an option for an early morning trip. Since the bus starts operating at 05:30 am.

Punthuk Setumbu Address & Location

The hill located in Jalan Borobudur Ngadiharjo KM3, Karangrejo, Borobudur, Magelang District, Jawa Tengah 56553.

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