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Explore The Borobudur Temple In Indonesia

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We’ve all heard the saying, “Getting there is half the fun”. But where exactly is “there”? Our Explore series tells you about the Borobudur Temple, the largest buddhist temple in the world. Happy travelling!

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The world’s largest Buddhist monument draws pilgrims from around

Explore Borobudur Temple

Did you know, any structure representing the Buddhist universe is known as a Mandala? Borobudur, a UNESCO world heritage site, is one such example of a Mandala. Located near Magelang in Central Java, Indonesia, it is the world’s largest Buddhist monument.

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The rising sun casts a kaleidoscope of light over the monument

However, reports suggest that this monument was abandoned and hidden under ash and jungle for almost 1,000 years. In 1814, a British ruler of Java, started the excavation project, which was then undertaken by the Indonesian Government in 1975. It is said that over a million stone blocks were used to construct Borobudur.

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What To See At The Borobudur Temple

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The carvings representing life and teachings of Buddha

Borobudur from far may appear like a simple pyramid with 3 levels spanning across 9 platforms, but this monument is far from simple! Each level is a representation of the Buddhist views of the universe. Starting with the lower level, the first six platforms have square foundations, and the next three have circular foundations. The upper platform has a bell-shaped top, which stands for rising away from all the worldly ideas and reaching nirvana (Buddhist heaven). The dome shaped shrine above the foundations are called stupas.

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From the lost history to symbols and Buddhist pilgrimage, disover Borobudur

The monument has 72 stupas, and each stupa contains a statue of Buddha. These statues may seem similar, but on taking a closer look, one realises that the hand positions are different (mudras representing fearlessness, bravery, etc). When you walk around the nine platforms, you will notice that the foundation has over 2,500 carvings representing the life and teachings of Buddha.

How To Get  To The  Borobudur Temple

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Borobudur stands tall in all its glory

For traveling to Borobudur, take a flight to Adisucipto International Airport (Yogyakarta), then book a car or take a bus, and hire a tour guide. It’s a 2.5 hour trip to Borobudur by car. If you are in Jakarta, take a flight to Yogyakarta (approximately 1 hour) and then drive to Borobudur.

Best Time To Visit Borobudur Temple

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Borobudur Temple will stun you with its captivating design

This temple can be visited all throughout the year, but April to October is ideal as these months receive less rainfall compared to others. The best time of the day to explore Borobudur is during sunrise, at 6 am. The weather is reasonably pleasant, and the temple is not usually crowded so early in the morning.

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Tall, lanky and slightly kookie in the head, Sarah Merchant loves travel, music, blogging, reading, talking (a lot) and history. Sarah has a flair for dramatics and dreams of clicking selfies in every part of the world. You can find her on Instagram @saarah030895

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