Visiting the largest buddhist temple in the world.

Trip Start Jul 05, 2012
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Trip End Jun 19, 2013


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Flag of Indonesia  , Java,
Saturday, September 15, 2012

Getting up at 4:30 am and paying 15 entry fee each this place had to be something special.
Wow! Borobudur is an incredible Buddhist temple complex, not only in terms of size but also the intricate carvings that tell the story of Buddha's life on the lava stone blocks. These have been individually placed over the top of a hill without cement holding them together creating this very large monument. The temple consists of 6 square bases topped by 3 circular ones. Each level has a different meaning from desire at the  bottom up to paradise at the top. Buddhist do not believe in perfection and when someone reaches paradise in their life they will have to return to the beginning with the desire to change. On the top 3 levels there are lots of huge stupas and after taking many photos we admired the wonderful view. Our guide was great clearly explaining the history of the place and not a rip off like most of them.  He even ventured past a do not enter barrier in order to have a funny photo with a headless buddha statue ( I'll put the photo up when we get chance). 
Its strange to think that Borobudur was hidden away for almost 800 years inside a jungle caked in volcanic ash and rediscovered when the dutch took over. Being so close to a volcano specialists have to clean the temple everyday to stop erosion and sometimes have to close whole levels off to the public. We were lucky though as most of the renovations had finished before we visited. Afterward we finished our guided tour we had our free jam sandwich and fruit tea (Malaysia is still the only place to offer decent tea!) and got back for 10am for a much needed snooze. 
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