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Borobudur temple, Java, Indonesia

If you've never been in Borobodur, do not go to Angkor before, cos it may be disapointing...

The best time to see Borobodur is at sunset, but the rule says that you must leavebefore sunset for security reasons. With a tip to the police, security reasons are no more a problem!

Built on the island of Java in Indonesia around 800 AD, the Borobudur temple is a huge Mahayana Buddhist monument. The Borobudur is the largest Buddhist monument. Rediscovered in the 19 °s, since 1973 it is again a place of worship and pilgrimage for Indonesian Buddhist and Buddhist from other countries.

The monument comprises five square platforms topped by three circular platforms, and is decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues. A main dome is located at the center of the top platform, and is surrounded by seventy-two Buddha statues seated inside perforated stupa.

It is the most visited monument in Indonesia.


Each year, during full moon in May or June, hundreds of monks in yellow robe celebrate the Waisak and you can see a torchlight procession and hear their prayers and their singing late in the night. The Borobudur is supposed to guide on the path to enlightenment.

It is listed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1991.


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Uploaded on August 11, 2008