You know that feeling when you look at the pictures of your friend from his last travel and you get amazed at some place which you never knew existed before? Well, that is the feeling that we got when we saw this.
Ladies and gentleman, madam and messieur, señoras and señores. Ok, we will stop now.
What you see here is Borobudur temple, an astonishing Buddhist temple, dating from the 8th and 9th century, located on a beautiful island of Java.
In this text, we will try to show you how special this place is and why it is the next big thing in the eyes of travellers around the world.
We will tell you its story, its uniqueness and all the things that make Borobudur special.
And in the end of the text, we will even reward you and share with you something special!
A one of a kind tool that will tell you all you need to know about this temple in a very interesting way. Sounds interesting?
Many of the travellers that head to Southeast Asia, usually mark places like Angkor Wat in Cambodia, or islands in Thailand as a must-see. But hidden from the Western world lies Borobudur, a truly spectacular temple that attracts millions of visitors every year.
Borobudur temple Indonesia – the story
The Borobudur region is one of Indonesia’s most important centres for Buddhism.
The place tells the story of Śailendra Dynasty that built the Temple of Borobudur around 800 A.D. as a monument to the Buddha. What is interesting is that this temple fell into disuse roughly one hundred years after its completion when, for still unknown reasons, the rulers of Java relocated the governing center to another part of the island.
It took until the year 1814 when British Lieutenant Governor on Java, Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, rediscovered the site upon hearing reports from islanders of an incredible sanctuary deep within the island’s interior.
Later, in 1970’s the Indonesian Government and UNESCO worked together to restore Borobudur to its former majesty. This entire process took 8 years, but it was more than successful. Today, Borobudur is one of Indonesia’s most valuable treasures and place that shows true history of this country.
This amazing site contains 504 statues of the Buddha, alongside 1460 stone reliefs on the walls and opposite balustrades decorate the first four galleries, with an additional 1212 decorative reliefs augmenting the path. But maybe the most interesting part of the temple are relief sculptures of Buddha’s teachings and various events related to his past lives.
Borodobur temple covers an enormous area, measuring 123 x 123 meters and the entire structure is like a set of massive interlocking Lego blocks held together without any glue.
How to get around?
By far the best way to explore this site is on foot. There is nothing like climbing to the top of this magnificent temple where you will get a chance to witness amazing stone carvings displayed on the temple walls.
But in case you need help and you get lost, here is the map of the place.
How to find this place?
Best way to come to Borobudur temple is from Yogyakarta, which is only 1 hour away. Renting a car is very common here and prices are affordable so you will have plenty of options.
Here are two maps that will help you find the place more easily.
What else can you do here?
Beside the temple, Borobudur region has some supremely beautiful landscape of impossibly green rice fields and traditional rice-growing kampung (villages), all overlooked by soaring volcanic peaks. Locals call it the garden of Java.
In fact, all Indonesia is blessed with amazing nature.
Did you know?
That Borobudur temple survived Gunung Merapi’s eruptions, terrorist bombs and the 2006 earthquake to remain as enigmatic and as beautiful as it must have been 1200 years ago.
Something for the end…
Remember that in the beginning text we told you we have some amazing stuff for you? Well, here it is.
After a lot of hard work and dedication, it has happened. In the next few days, Cultural places will be live at Borobudur temple, world’s biggest Buddhist monument, an ancient site widely considered to be one of the world’s seven wonders!
What does it actually mean?
During your visit to Borodubur temple, you will be able to use our audio guides to discover the most interesting facts about this temple. Walk around the site and listen to the history of the temple, how the unique stone carvings were made and all the legends and stories that happened here.
Multilingual and very user-friendly, Cultural places app, contains everything that you need to know about this place and the best thing of all is that it is super easy to use. All you gotta do is download, listen and enjoy the stories we prepared for you. Just click here.
Don’t you wanna be that friend that discovers cool places, hm? ?
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Discover Borobudur temple.
There is no place like it.