Travel Photo Postcard – Borobudur, Indonesia
I woke up very early (3am) to witness the sunrise and start of a new day at Borobudur in Indonesia, not an easy thing considering the late night party and dinner events I have been busy with on a press trip to Indonesia. This is one of my favorite experiences so far while visiting the Unesco site at Borobudur. Being present at first light and seeing it light up the temple was really a spectacular and special moment.
Borobudur is a magnificent Buddhist temple built between the 8th to 9th century in the mountain ranges of Central Java in Indonesia. Built by the Syailendra Dynasty, this ancient site is the world’s largest Buddhist temple with a central dome that has over 72 Buddha statues encased in small stupas (circular platform and stone structures). Some of the statues are in open stupas and show the Buddha’s looking out into the world below.
Borobudur is an impressive site to witness and one of the most intact ancient temples of the ancient world considering that the temple was abandoned late in the 15th century. Fortunately for Borobudur, the entire monument was covered in with ash from a volcanic eruption which saved it from destruction or stealing any rare treasures from the monument. The Unesco World Heritage site at Borobudur encompasses the complex with the three main temples and was certified in 1991. After an extensive renovation worth over 25 million dollars, the current site is now has a very sound foundation and truly represents one of the most intact historic sites represented on Unesco’s heritage list.
Arriving at the site in complete darkness and waiting for the first light to reach the temple is a little jarring at first but worth the effort when you finally reach the top of the landmark. Fortunately, we were given access through the only hotel located next to the monument and were handed flashlights to walk down the dark paths and stairs. The climb is uneven with over 140 steps to the top and if you take your time, it is relatively easy to do in a short time frame. But when you reach the top, it really is stunning and worth the effort to visit this Unesco site in Central Java.
There really is so much to see and explore in Central Java with all these amazing historic and national treasures. If I had more time, I would also love to spend more time in West Java to experience all the natural wonders and historic treasures in the region to make a visit to Bandung Indonesia, worthwhile.
This is a regular Travel Photo postcard – Borodubdur, Indonesia series of places I’m currently visiting just to give you an update to my whereabouts around the world. Thanks for visiting today and if you enjoyed the images and post, could you please share it with any of the social media buttons located around the post.
Thank you for hosting me on this tour Wonderful Indonesia and Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Indonesia, all thoughts and opinions are my own.