Borobudur Temple Compounds, Beauty and Glory

I'm pretty sure that the name Borobudur may already familiar to us. The famous Borobudur Temple Compounds is the largest Buddhist temple that was built in the 9th century. The beauty and glory of this temple makes everyone want to visit it, that listed as one of the seven wonders of the world.

Borobudur Temple

History of Borobudur Temple


Borobudur was built by King Samaratungga, one of the kings of ancient Mataram Kingdom. This temple has 1460 relief panels and 504 stupa with  staircase steps - building form called punden which consists of 10 levels. It said, each level in this temple symbolizes the stages of human life. According to the teachings of Mahayana Buddhism, every person who wants to reach the level of a Buddha must go through each stage of their life.

There are three parts of this Borobudur Temple. First part is the base of the pyramid with a flat concentric terraces. Second part is stupa which the lid consists of three circular platforms. And the third part is the peak of the monumental stupa. Borobudur Temple was started to be built 300 years before Angkor Wat in Cambodia and 400 years before the great cathedrals of Europe. The temple is composed of approximately 55,000 M3 carved stone and when the reliefs at Borobudur arranged in an array, the length can reach 2900 meters.

When visiting this temple, we will see beautiful reliefs and imagine how the maker was very skillful to make every detail forms. If we walk clockwise through this temple, then we will found that the reliefs on Borobudur tell us about the legendary story of Ramayana.


How to get there?

Borobudur Temple is located in Magelang, Central Java. However, its quite near to Yogyakarta. So, the best option is, take the flight to Yogyakarta, and then you can go there by bus or travel. There are a lot travel that offer tour package once you arrived at Adi Sucipto airport. You can choose the most suitable package according to your budget and plan.

Interesting event at Borobudur Temple

There are several event that held at Borobudur Temple. The most famous is Waisak / Vesak day ceremony. On those day, hundreds of Buddhis pilgrim will doing religious ceremony araound the Borobudur Temple.

The other event is Mahakarya Borodudur, a spectacular show that takes you on sensory odyssey through magnificent performance of light and sound and 250 Javanese Traditional dancer. You will be flashback in history during a time when this ancient wonder of the world was one center of powerful kingdom.

Mahakarya Borobudur
The last but not the least, you have to witness the sun rise at Borobudur. Feel the warm of sunlight touch your face through the magnificent building from the past. How beautiful when see the sun is rising from behind the stupa. That will be an invaluable moment of your life.

Sunrise at Borobudur Temple
For you who interested in local culture of Indonesia, especially Java, visiting Borobudur and the related events is a must. You will see the rich of local wisdom of Indonesian culture combined with the glory architecture from the past. So, what are you waiting for? The great adventures is already waiting for you to join. Welcome to the beauty and mighty Borobudur Temple.

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