Borobudur : Stairway to heaven

May 1st, 2016 | by TheJourneyMagz
Borobudur : Stairway to heaven
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Situated on a dense, lush hillside, Framed by volcanoes, distant mist, and wide paddy fields: calm and spiritual silence descends the atmosphere in the largest Buddhist monument in the world, the Borobudur Temple.

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Located in Magelang, Central Java in Indonesia about 25 miles (40 kilometers) from Yogyakarta, the monument is decorated with 2,672 bas-relief panels and 504 Buddhist statues at 95-foot-height (29-meter). Borobudur serves as both a shrine and a pilgrimage site. In 1991, Borobudur was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

There is no written record of who built the Borobudur or of its intended purpose. Borobudur was likely founded around 800 CE around during the 8th and 9th centuries, it is during the peak of the Sailendra dynasty in central Java. The construction has been estimated to have taken 75 years and been completed during the reign of Samaratungga in 825 CE.


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