World Heritage site,
Central Java, Indonesia
Photo Expedition Nov 2005
Ranking with Bagan and Angkor as one of the greatest
South east Asian Buddhist monuments. Borobudur is an enormous
construction covering a hill. It is 42kms from Yogya. With the decline
of Buddhism, Borobudur was abandoned and only rediscovered in 1814 when
Raffles governed Java.
The temple consists of six square bases topped by three circular ones,
and it was constructed at roughly the same time as Prambanan in the
early part of the 9th century AD.
The biggest Hindu temple complex in Java, Prambanan is 17km east of
Yogya. The largest of the temple is dedicated to Shiva and it soars 47m
high and is lavishly carved. Shiva temple is flanked by the Vishnu and
Brahma temples. Built in the 9th century, the temples of Prambanan was
abandoned soon after its completion when the old Mataram kingdom