Borobudur Temple - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
Borobudur is a ninth-century Mahayana Buddhist monument. The monument comprises six square platforms topped by three circular platforms, and is decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues. The top dome is surrounded by 72 Buddha statues seated inside perforated stupas.
Borobudur Temple - FURTHER INFORMATION
Borobudur Temple - Magelang visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Borobudur Temple' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Java.
Borobudur (Barabudur) is a major, 9th century Buddhist temple complex near to Magelang in central Java in Indonesia. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the top pilgrimage and tourist attraction in the region.
It is thought that Borobudur was founded around 800AD during the Sailendra dynasty in central Java. Construction is thought to have taken 75 years with Borobudur being completed during the reign of Samaratungga in 825.
At some point Borobudur was abandoned. It is known that between 928 and 1006, the center of power moved to East Java which led to the decline in importance of the site. In addition a series of volcanic eruptions may have contributed to the abandonment. The site was not completely forgotten but became associated with bad luck, in 1757 the death of Yogyakarta Sultanate was attributed to his visit to Borobudur the day before.
In 1814, Lieutenant Governor-General Thomas Stamford Raffles sent H.C. Cornelius and 200 men to excavate the monument, then buried under layers of ash and jungle. Further work was done by Hartmann in 1835 and it became a place for souvenir hunters. Finally, after much renovation funded by UNESCO in 1973, Borobudur once again saw active use as a Buddhist place of worship and quickly became the most visited tourist attraction in Indonesia.
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE
Car: Borobudur is about 17km south of Magelang and 10km south of Jalan Mungkid.