Borobudur, Java, Indonesia

The first trip I did to SE Asia was back in 1996.  I had been living in New Zealand for a couple of years and decided to take the long route back to Europe.  One of the most beautiful places along the way was Borobudur, a 9th Century Temple near  Yogyakarta, South central on the Island.

The journey out was through a mix of dense forest and padi fields, and I couldn’t help taking a photo of the guy who managed the passengers on the bus.  A conductor we would call him.  He had the ring that he would beat rhythmically against the metal pole in the doorway,

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The temple itself was immense, and stunningly details with a mass of stupors and buddhas across the top that made for some wonderful photos.  It has the distinction of being the world’s largest Buddhist Temple.

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As you can also see, it is surrounded by lush flowing hills, forest and paddy fields, beauty and tranquility.

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13 thoughts on “Borobudur, Java, Indonesia”

    1. It was, I am going to put up some more photos, and start writing the narrative of that journey. I have some great shots of the Island of Lombok! It was a different time then. Suharto was still in power, it wasn’t a democracy, but you wouldn’t have known. Ah fond memories….

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  1. These are stunning structures and I wonder what It took to create them. The giant Buddha is phenomenal. I’ve always loved the story of Siddharta and one day, I can pay homage to him when I get a chance.

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            1. No, it was another mountain, I guess more central. I’ll look it us soon as I need to go back to the journals to write the narrative for this trip. I spent three months travelling from Bali to Bangkok using only local transport. I am starting to get some of the photos up, but need to write my story as well. It’s the writing I really enjoy. I kept such details journals along the way so, I have been meaning to get this all written down for a long time, but always found an excuse. Recently I’ve realised my excuses are just letting life go by, so I am finding the time somehow!

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              1. This is a good project what you are doing. To immortalize your escapade and look back to see it with a different eye. Kudos to you. Your children will never wonder what Dad did in his hay days.

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