Borobudur – Indonesia
Borobudur was the second temple we visited near Yogyakarta. But you cannot really call it a temple; it is the biggest Buddhist structure in the world. In fact it is a very huge complex; at the base there are a lot of bas-reliefs that tell the story of Buddha, from his birth to the enlightenment. On the top, instead, there are 504 statues representing him. Its shape is like a pyramid, it symbolizes the route we have to go through to reach enlightenment. It is really impressive, and that’s why it is the most famous and most visited attraction in Indonesia.
As usual, we decided to get a guide who explained us the story of the monument; it is impossible to visit Borobudur without understanding its history.
Its building was started around 800 AD and it took about 75 years to be completed. It was built right in that place because it is near the confluence of two rivers; for this reason that plain was considered holy. Unfortunately, the inhabitants of the area were forced to leave because of volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. So the monument was even forgotten, its memory remained only in popular culture.
But with the arrival of the English domination, it was rediscovered and restored to its present splendour. Today, millions of people visit Borobudur for religious or touristic reasons… and I must say it worths while.
We got there at dawn, when there were very few people. We visited the temple and took so many photos. But remember, a Buddhist temple must be visited walking clockwise!
Moreover, from the top you can enjoy a very lovely view, don’t miss it!
At the end of the visit, to get back to the parking, you will be forced to cross a street full of little shops. You will find every kind of things: gadgets, souvenirs, shirts etc. We didn’t buy anything, but it was funny to see so many nice and original things!
Before leaving Borobudur, we had a little stop: we ate very good bananas and we drank the worst coffee ever… then we started to Mount Bromo!