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Indonesia: Borobudur At Last!

October 3, 2012

We arrived in Borobudur just a little over six in the morning.  Our van driver told us that if  we hurried, we would be able to catch “a beautiful view of Borobudur in the early morning.”  The temple itself was a couple of kilometers away from the Tourist Center where we parked so we walked as if we were competing in a walkathon.

When we finally got to the temple’s base, a group was already there. Thankfully, they weren’t the  typical rowdy tourists one often reads about in guidebooks. Instead, two Buddhist monks in their distinctive brown garb led the group in prayer.  So we were able to explore the complex in relative quiet.

Borobudur was everything I imagined.  It was a magnificent sight to behold, especially in the early morning.  The structure, built in the 9th century,  is set between twin volcanoes and two rivers.  At 869 feet above sea level, it is the perfect place for contemplation.  I’m not sure if it’s because of the 504 Buddha statues that  surrounded the temple or the dents on the stones left by pilgrims past, but something about it forced me to look inwards.

By the end of our short exploration, I, too, offered a prayer.  I prayed for my loved ones and their continued health and peace of mind.  I asked for forgiveness for past sins.  I gave thanks for being here with my husband  just as I imagined.  And I offered a special prayer for a friend who has been dreaming to come here for quite a while now. I remember talking to her a few days before we left for Indonesia. When I mentioned the word “Borobudur”, her eyes lit up with excitement but quickly grew sad. When I asked her why, she said Borobudur was her dream destination but she couldn’t imagine seeing it in the near future. There were too many things going on in her life, she said. And too many bills to pay.   So for now, it remains a distant dream.

She need not worry, though.  Borobudur has been here for more than a thousand years.  It has withstood abandonment, volcanic eruptions and even looting when it was rediscovered in 1835.  Yet it remains and will undoubtedly stay a few centuries more.  When she’s finally ready to take that trip, Borobudur will just be here waiting.

  1. i love reading your article. Your photos are so beautiful and real that i feel i was with you when u visited the place. I love to visit this place too. Its one of my dream place to see. You inspired me more… Keep up the good work. Hope to see you more of your travels.

    myla

  2. Hi Myla!

    That’s really sweet of you. Thank you for your kind words. And I’m glad I inspired you to go to Borobudur. I’m sure you will love it as much as I did!

    Happy travels!

    Pauline

  3. Lovely post and photos! Never had Borobudur in my travel list, but that might just change. How does it compare to Angkor or Angkor Wat, specifically?
    It’s stairs look like it’s been restored, so safer to go up and down the temple vs. in temples of Angkor? Hehe

    1. Hey Mabes!

      Thanks! I think Borobudur is older than Angkor Wat. In terms of appearance, I find Borobudur more impressive. It is also better maintained. I don’t think the stairs were restored although there were so many restored areas around. In terms of layout naman, I find Borobudur uncomplicated. Parang andaling intindihin ng concept ng Buddhism.:) Go na! It’s worth the trip!

      Pol

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