Indonesia's Borobudur Temple: Nestled Deep in the Javanese Jungle

Indonesia's Borobudur Temple: Nestled Deep in the Javanese Jungle

Nestled deep in the Javanese jungle, about an hour away from Jogjakarta is Borobodur, one of UNESCO's World Heritage sites.

It was constructed well over 1000 years ago and is still the largest Buddhist temple in the world.

Viewed from above, it's said to resemble a tantric mandala and Buddhist cosmology. The entire structure was built from over 2,000,000 volcanic stones and pieced together without any type of cement. The structure was built on a mountain and constructed from the top down.

Along the lower levels of the temple, there are over 2,500 reliefs depicting Buddhist teachings and Javanese history. However, only a quarter have been deciphered.

Also on the lower levels are over 500 Buddha statues. The hand position varies on each statue dependent on its location. On the upper most level are 72 Buddha statues inside honeycombed stupas.

It's said that if you can reach through the opening and touch the hand of one Buddha (facing the morning sun) you'll receive good luck.

 

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