I left home at 7am this morning to get to Borobudur before it got too hot. Thank goodness I didn’t leave it much later because not only did it get hot very quickly, but hundreds of people started arriving at about 8am!
Candi Borobudur was built in the 9th century as a shrine to the Lord Buddha as well as for Buddhist pilgrimage. There are 2,672 reliefs! Borobudur was abandoned in the 14th century with the arrival of Islam and then was rediscovered by Thomas Stanford Raffles in 1814 when he was the British ruler of Java. It is now being restored by the Indonesian government and UNESCO. It is the single most visited tourist attraction in Indonesia!
Here are some photos of my first visit to Borobudur!
This is the staircase leading up to Borobudur.
This is what I could see once I had climbed the stairs. It is so big, I couldn’t get it all in one shot!
A group of Indonesian monks were just in front of me. They walked around each level clockwise. I followed them for about half before the crowds arrived and I got left behind!
The carvings in the walls were amazing when you think of the work involved in each stone. They all fit together like a giant 3D jigsaw.
With each level,the view became just as beautiful as the temple. I was able to take photos which showed both!
At the top, I caught up again with the monks. There were both male and female monks.
Standing half way up and looking up towards the very last level of the temple.
Here are the monks filing out of the temple. Towards the end of the line, people began stopping them to get their photo taken with the monks!
As I was walking around, there were many school groups and most were so excited to have their photo taken with a westerner. Most were very quiet & shy however this group of girls were not!
On the way out, visitors have to walk past hundreds and hundreds of little shops selling souvenirs an food/drink. I have never seen so many in one place before!