Yogyakarta Trip - Borobudur
This place is the most visited and popular site in the whole of Indonesia
besides the resort of Bali. It took us so long to gather our plans to visit this
ancient site where the Buddha was believed to have made his last cultivation
in Tibetan Buddhism inside the ancient complex.
1. We got a tour guide driver to drive us to visit 3 places in
one day - Borobudur, Mount Merapi Volcano & Prambanan.
2. I was excited like a child.
This place is very unique and nice!
3. The whole layout of the Borobudur was
like the Tibetan Holy Mandala.
It has 4 entrances to enter & exit.
4. This ancient complex has been rebuilt many times after being
abandoned and further damaged by the earthquakes & volcanic
5. It has many layers of walking paths all the way up.
Oh boy, it was very sunny & hot that day. I was soaked in
my sweat and suffered from sun burns.
6. This Buddhism complex was built too long ago and no one has records
on the historical date and persons who initiated. However, some other
records believed that the Sakaymuni Buddha visited this place and built it.
It was interesting to note that Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles discovered
it under some thick undergrowth after being abandoned.
7. Now listed under UNESCO as The World Heritage and
it draws millions of visitors annually from all over the world.
It was so crowded on the 1st Day of CNY as we were not aware
that Indonesia also declared 2 days Public Holidays!
8. Many visitors took less than 1 hour to cover the whole site but
we took almost 2.5 hours because my wifey followed the advice
from the bulletin board that we should walk 3 rounds in clockwise
for every level. She made it but I was half past six!
9. It was very interesting to see all the stone carvings and statues
on every level.
10. Clear karma! Clear Karma!
11. There were extensive damages caused by looters and fanatics
of the olden days.
12. Can you spot me? I used my self timer camera phone.
13. There are many beautiful stupas on this level.
14. Close of of the Stupa inside.
15. A damaged Stupa which remains exposed till today.
16. My wifey took great trouble to snap these photos with lesser
crowd. It was really packed like a supermarket having a sale.
17. The highest peak! We arrived! Yay!
18. Elsewhere, they stored all the ancient rubbles of stones & slabs
from the dismantled complex.
19. On the way out, they cleverly lined over 1000 stalls
of souvenir shops to lure me to buy stuffs.
You cannot get out of their well barricaded paths
to reach the main entrance. Sounds like KLIA2.
20. They have mascots walking outside for free shots.
This Doraemon was looking for SK.