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Borobudur and Prambanan

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2 September 2013

One of the reasons we ended up in Yogya is because of Borobudur. If you ever happen to wonder how we decide where we visit, well, Jim happened to find an article indicating that this was one of the most visited sites in all of Indonesia, so – decision made.

Our day started VERY early with a 0400 wake up and 0500 pick-up but not without a cup of coffee and some toast at our guesthouse. From what we had heard, we expected hordes of people waiting to enter the temple but after our 90 minute ride we were pleasantly surprised to find that we wouldn’t be sharing Borobudur with too many people.

Where are the crowds

Where are the crowds

A little background on Borobudur thanks to Wikipedia; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borobudur

Borobudur, or Barabudur, is a 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist Temple in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. The monument consists of six square platforms topped by three circular platforms, and is decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues. A main dome, located at the center of the top platform, is surrounded by 72 Buddha statues seated inside a perforated stupa.

Candi Borobudur ( Borobudur Temple)

Candi Borobudur ( Borobudur Temple)

Map of Borobudur

Map of Borobudur

Our first view of Borobudur with early morning mist

Our first view of Borobudur with early morning mist

Ancient carving at Borobudur Temple

Ancient carving at Borobudur Temple

Close up of some of the many statues

Close up of some of the many statues

Orignally inside each domed shaped wat was a Buddha

Orignally inside each domed shaped wat was a Buddha

Morning mist seen in the background from the top of Borobudur Temple

Morning mist seen in the background from the top of Borobudur Temple

Landscape view of Borobudur Temple

Landscape view of Borobudur Temple

We had about 2 ½ hours to tour the temple on our own and that was just about right, leaving a few minutes to grab a 2nd breakfast before being on to our next stop.

fresh coconuts

fresh coconuts

On to Prambanan, which, before arriving in Yogya, we were not aware even existed. It is much smaller than Borobudur and is at varying stages of reconstruction, especially after the major earthquake in 2006 and volcanic eruption of Mt Merapi in 2010, that damaged both Prambanan and Borobudur.

Attached is some information on Prambanan from the UNESCO Heritage site: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/63

Built in the 10th century, this is the largest temple compound dedicated to Shiva in Indonesia. Rising above the center of the last of these concentric squares are three temples decorated with reliefs illustrating the epic of the Ramayana, dedicated to the three great Hindu divinities (Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma) and three temples dedicated to the animals who serve them.

Our first view of Prambanan

Our first view of Prambanan

Prambanan from a distance

Prambanan from a distance

Warning due to earthquake damage

Warning due to earthquake damage

Required headware for this one temple

Required headware for this one temple

Prambanan

Prambanan


3 September 2013

Today is a recharge day: Breakfast at Mi Casa, lunch at Bintang Resto and dinner over on Gang 1 at Superman which was very good. In between, I was able to finish my postings for Koh Samui and Penang.

Posted by pjburke 22:12 Archived in Indonesia

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