Built amidst a medley of green paddies and swaying palms, Borobudur Temple, a mammoth Buddhist monument has survived volcanic eruptions, bombs and earthquakes to remain as alluring as it must have been in the 9th century. Said to be one of the most impressive temples in the world, the Borobudur Temple is a must visit sight during your tour of Indonesia.
With an aerial view that resembles the lotus, a sacred flower in Indonesian culture, the temple is not an experience to be missed. Made up of two million slabs of lava rock, reaching a height of 115ft and housing close to 1,500 carved story panels and 504 statues of the Buddha, the Borobudur temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Designed in the shape of a mandala, the layout of the temple symbolizes the cosmetology of the universe according to Buddhist teachings. The temple is built is three levels: the world of lust and desire (Kamadhatu), the world of form (Rupadhatu) and the formless world (Arupadhatu), and consists of 6 terraces, 3 circular platforms and 504 Buddha statues. Moreover each terrace has a different posture of Buddha’s statue depicting contact with earth, giving and helping, meditation, fearlessness, teaching and learning, and turning the wheel of dharma.
Apart from being the single most popular tourist attraction in Yogyakarta, Borobudur Temple continues in its role as an important place of worship and pilgrimage for Indonesian Buddhists. Be sure to ask your local guide from Locaguide to show you around the temple complex and help you join the locals during their daily prayers if you wish.
When to visit The Borobudur temple
If you are planning a visit to the Borobodur temple, the best time to be there is at sunrise. Furthermore The view of the sun lighting up the structure and the early morning mist from the volcanic mountains creeping down the monument are a magical combination and transport you to an era in the past when the temple was truly at its mystical best!0