So after our swing through Sumatra, let’s continue our tour of Indonesia over in central Java, where we’ll touch down at Yogykarta
Yogyakarta, together with its twin city Surakarta (Solo), is the cradle of civilization on Java. This city was the seat of power that produced the magnificent temples of Borobudur and Prambanan in the 8th and 9th century and the new powerful Mataram kingdom of the 16th and 17th century. Yogyakarta is known as Neverending Asia for its endless appeals…
and start out by visiting the world’s largest Bhuddist monument — 123 x 123 meters, 2,672 relief panels, 504 Buddha statues — at the
The Borobudur Temple Compounds is one of the greatest Buddhist monuments in the world, and was built in the 8th and 9th centuries AD during the reign of the Syailendra Dynasty. The monument is located in the Kedu Valley, in the southern part of Central Java, at the centre of the island of Java, Indonesia
The main temple is a stupa built in three tiers around a hill which was a natural centre: a pyramidal base with five concentric square terraces, the trunk of a cone with three circular platforms and, at the top, a monumental stupa. The walls and balustrades are decorated with fine low reliefs, covering a total surface area of 2,520 m2. Around the circular platforms are 72 openwork stupas, each containing a statue of the Buddha.
The vertical division of Borobudur Temple into base, body, and superstructure perfectly accords with the conception of the Universe in Buddhist cosmology…
As you’re approaching, it looks more like a small mountain than a temple
and as you get up close you start to see those 2,672 relief panels adorning all sides
which are remarkably well preserved for having spent 1000+ years out in the Java jungle
and when you get to the upper levels you find those 72 stupas
each containing a statue of the Bhudda
A quite photogenic site indeed!
So yep, this is definitely an A-list visit whether you’re a history buff or not; definitely recommend that you work at least a day in Yogykarta into your next Indonesia trip to stop by.