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Visiting Borobudur and Prambanan Temple, Indonesia

Borobudur and Prambanan temples, Indonesia: a visitor’s guide

Borobudur and Prambanan temples, Indonesia: a visitor's guide
It would be a rare opportunity missed if you failed to visit the Buddhist temple of Borobudur

Borobudur, in Java, Indonesia, is one of the world’s most impressive temples. Sitting on each level are 72 stupas, each containing a Buddha figure, just visible through the latticework perforations. It’s as if each is strapped into his own private module and awaiting spiritual lift-off – an extraordinary spectacle that is, literally, the crowning glory of this significant religious monument.

Even if the focus of your trip to Indonesia is wildlife, it would be a rare opportunity missed if you failed to visit the Buddhist temple of Borobudur, set amid misty, jungle-clad hills near the city of Yogyakarta in Central Java. The structure was built in about 800AD, 300 years before Angkor Wat in Cambodia, in the form of a stepped pyramid.

A series of five square bases is succeeded by three circular terraces ringed by those 72 stupas, representing the spiritual journey from the life of desire, through meditation to Nirvana. While viewed from above the whole resembles the sacred lotus flower.

Borobudur is a vast structure. It consists of two million blocks of lava rock, reaches 115ft at its highest point and features nearly 1,500 carved story panels and 504 statues of the Buddha. But after being abandoned, possibly in the 14th century, it quickly became invisible beneath layers of tropical foliage and volcanic ash. Sir Stamford Raffles, the British Governor General of Java, re-discovered the temple in 1814 and after extensive restoration by Unesco in the late 20th century it was designated a World Heritage Site.

The landscape around Yogyakarta, dominated by the Gunung Merapi volcano, is a sacred one, for Borobudur is merely the most renowned among many ancient temples.

The next most significant is another Unesco World Heritage Site, the 9th and 10th century Hindu complex of Prambanan, with its principal temples dedicated to Vishnu, Shiva and Brahma and hundreds of surrounding shrines. A tourist “train” takes you to outlying temple complexes and all in all there are more than 500 monuments on the site. Some have been restored but many remain as rubble, giving an idea of the size of the archaeological task still to complete.

Borobudur and Prambanan can get overrun with tourists, especially around Christmas and in the domestic holiday season of mid June to mid July. But lesser temples around Yogyakarta, such as Pawon, Mendut, Plaosan Lor and Kalasan, attract few visitors, retaining an air of contemplation and peace.

Prambanan temple, Alamy

  • The Borobudur site is open 6am-5pm, admission USD20, but you can gain earlier access with a “sunrise ticket”, available through the Manohara Hotel (manoharaborobudur.com/package/) for Rp380,000, about £20.
  • A local guide within the temple (recommended) costs Rp75,000, about £3.75.
  • Prambanan is also open 6am-5pm, admission USD17.
  • Reef and Rainforest offers visits to visit Borobudur, Prambanan and the other temples mentioned, as part of a package, for an additional £285 per person including return flight, Jakarta-Yogyakarta, accommodation with breakfast at the Plataran Resort & Spa (0062 293 788 888; plataran.com/area/Borobudur), private vehicle and guide and entrance fees.

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Posted by on October 28, 2016 in world around you

 

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Suatu Pagi di Tanggal Merah

Pagi ini aku bangun agak siang karena ini hari libur. Red Calendar day katanya. Sambil masih sedikit ngantuk kunyalakan hp buat baca koran onlen kali aja ada berita menggembirakan. Ternyata ada. Bensin dan gas elpiji turun harga jadi 3000 dan 10,000. Asiiiik nih.

Beralih ke kolom pemerintahan ada artikel Menteri di kabinet sekarang lebih milih naik busway karena sekarang busway sudah tembus ke bogor, bekasi dan tangerang. Bahkan rencananya bulan depan mau tembus ke banten pula.

Pindah ke kolom politik, wuih, partai politik mau disusutkan biar efisien operasionalnya dan kata salah satu anggota DPR di senayan, para politikus sudah sampe ke kesepakatan buat apa bikin partai banyak kalo tujuannya kan buat mensejahterakan rakyat. الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِين. Kabar gembira yang bertubi-tubi nih.

Coba ah ke kolom ekonomi, aku terkaget2 karena dolar amrik sama yuro cuma setara 2500 perak? Asik, bisa juga nih beli mobil built up.

Tiba-tiba aku terpeleset dan jatuh. Begitu bangun baru sadar, yang tadi tuh cuma mimpi.

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Posted by on April 3, 2015 in world around you

 

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