Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Borobudur, Buddhist Monument, Java, Indonesia

Today was the day to see one of the wonders of the ancient world, the Buddhist temple of Borobudur.
This stupa was built over 1200 years ago and has the most amazing ambiance.
We showed out kitas (residency paperwork) and got in for the local price and were clever enough to hire an English speaking guide. Danny took us through and explained all the steps to enlightenment as well as explaining the meaning behind some of the friezes. Danny also did a great job of avoiding the crowds. We are in Indonesian holiday season, on the weekend apparently 20 000 people went through each day!
(Tip: Friday is Muslim prayer day and is the quietest day to visit)
There is so much meaning and symbolism in every nook and cranny which I could not begin to repeat. All I can say is it is one of those places that you must visit in your life time.
I can add it to the list of wonderful places of worship that I have visited
Westminster Abbey
Notre Dame
Istiqlal mosque
Stone hedge
I will think of more later……

I will not even begin to mash the English language with my flowery descriptions, just look at the photos and plan to visit one day…….

The kids were, as usual a star attraction at the top of the temple, there was a queue to take photos of the girls. By the time we climbed to the top (quite steep) Ben was hot, tired and hungry and would only still for occasional photos. The girls were troopers and set up camp at the top and just smiled for everyone. The surprising thing today was that allot of people wanted to photograph me (a fort*******wash your mouth out/ 30 something well padded bottle blonde Aussie mum) LOL. I was a Hollywood starlet!


Laurel Wreath said...

Wow breath taking!!!! Looks like you had a great time. Thanks for sharing the pictures.

Jo said...

This looks so good wish we were off on one of our family holidays together. This is what we really miss and the kids would of had so much fun with your kids seeing all the great places. Both kids still want to go camping as they remember them as some of our best holidays.


putu said...

It's a great thing you had time to explore the wonder of our great country, I'm Indonesian and I never had any opportunity to visit borobudur temple. Maybe I should quit my job and go.