Wednesday 4 May 2016

Borobudur Mahayana Buddhist Temple in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia

This famous Buddhist temple, dating from the 8th and 9th centuries, is located in central Java. It was after two volcano climbs that I got up extremely early to go and see this stunning temple. It was built in three tiers: a pyramidal base with five concentric square terraces, the trunk of a cone with three circular platforms and, at the top, a monumental stupa. The walls and balustrades are decorated with fine low reliefs, covering a total surface area of 2,500 m2. Around the circular platforms are 72 openwork stupas, each containing a statue of the Buddha. There is something about these multiple identical Buddha statues all around you that gives great peace. Wherever you turn, he is there.   

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