Borobudur Temple, Magelang Yogyakarta

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Borobudur Temple, Yogyakarta

Borobudur Temple, Magelang Yogyakarta

Borobudur Temple is the main purpose and destination of the travelers who visit Jogja. Built in the 8th - 9th centuries by Syailendra dynasty this Mahayana Buddhist temple served as a symbol of the noble values and indigenous cult of ancestor worship and the Buddhist concept of attaining Nirvana. It was abandoned following the 14th century by the declining of Hindu kingdoms in Java and the Javanese conversion to Islam. It gained its worldwide acknowledgement of its existence in 1814 during British colonialism by the British ruler of Java, Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles who was advised of its location by native Indonesians and through his instructions Borobudur has since been preserved through several restorations even after the end of British colonialism in Indonesia. The largest restoration project was undertaken between 1975 and 1982 by the Indonesian government and UNESCO. During this early 20th century, it was discovered that three Buddhist temples in the region, Borobudur Temple, Pawon and Mendut, are positioned along a straight line so it was concluded that a ritual relationship between these three temples must have existed, even though the exact ritual process is remaining unknown. 
The temple was designed in Javanese Buddhist architecture but also demonstrates the influences of Gupta art that reflects India's influence on the region, yet there are enough indigenous scenes and elements incorporated to make "Borobudur" uniquely Indonesian. It consists of nine stacked platforms, six square and three circular, topped by a central dome which is surrounded by 72 Buddha statues, each seated inside a perforated stupa. This majestic temple is decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues, and an extensive system of stairways and corridors with 1,460 narrative relief panels on the walls and the balustrades. It is the world's largest Buddhist temple as well as one of the greatest Buddhist monuments in the world and it has the largest and most complete ensemble of Buddhist reliefs in the world which made it  pronounced as one of the world heritage by UNESCO. The monument is both a shrine to the Lord Buddha and a place for Buddhist pilgrimage that is why this wonderful temple is still being one of the premier tourist destinations of pilgrimage for Buddhists all over the world. The journey for pilgrims begins at the base of the monument and follows a path around the monument and ascends to the top through three levels symbolic of Buddhist cosmology: Kāmadhātu (the world of desire), Rupadhatu (the world of forms) and Arupadhatu (the world of formlessness). 

It is located on Jl. Badrawati, Borobudur, Magelang, Central Java. It is approximately 40 kilometres northwest of Jogja and 86 kilometres west of Surakarta. Borobudur is located in an elevated area between two rivers, the Progo and the Elo and two twin volcanoes, Sundoro-Sumbing and Merbabu-Merapi, so the best time to visit is during the early hours while waiting for the sunrise and you can see the morning light comes through the thousands of stupas. A wonderful scenery that makes you feel a glimpse of nirvana. You may stay to take pictures, wandering around the temple and stupas, or even enjoying the beautiful scenery up to the sunset on 05.00 in the evening. The entrance ticket cost for Sunrise Package is IDR 350.000 for local visitor and IDR 400,000 for foreign tourist.

Borobudur Temple, Yogyakarta located in Central Java beside of East Java, Province. If You are the first time visit the Java Island, Indonesia. You can combine your trip between Yogyakarta and Mt Bromo tour or other tour package option.

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Borobudur Temple, Magelang Yogyakarta