Indonesia – Jogyakarta, Java

CANDI BOROBUDUR

Borobudur is a Buddhist temple (or candi) from the 9th century.  Absolutely impressive & beautiful, many people seem to think it is one of the 7 Wonder of the World, but is not & never has been.
The stupas on the top level all have buddhas in them (one has been left exposed over the years) & it is good luck to reach in & touch them.

It was pretty interesting that you’re in this ridiculously amazing place, but as one of the very few Westerners there, I could barely walk a few steps without having local tourists requesting to have their photo taken with me.  It was utterly bizarre.

 

CITY OF JOGYAKARTA

Yogyakarta was particularly interesting – very colorful, lots to see & filled with incredibly & very genuinely friendly people.  The time spent there was extremely enjoyable & hope its not too long before I get to return!
The photos are from all over town – the Kraton (palace), the Water Palace, Malioboro St (market), the hotel/gueshouse we stayed in, etc…
Yogya was also filled with lots of well-done, creative graffiti.

CANDI PRAMBANAN

Candi Prambanan was my favorite temple site.  Prambanan is a Hindu site & the largest/central temple is dedicated to Shiva.
Its absolutely stunning any way you look at it.  When its clear enough, you can see Mt Bromo (an active volcano) which I later visited, in the distance.

Prambanan (& the surrounding sites) have been twice demolished by earthquakes.  First, when it was discovered in the 1500’s it was in ruins due to a massive earthquake, and then again the 2004 earthquake which savaged Indonesia & south Asia brought quite a bit of it down again.  It is still being fixed from the ’04 earthquake.

A short (walking) distance from the Prambanan site are a few smaller Buddhist temple sites.  Most are still in ruins & have yet to be put back together, but candi Sewu had a nice portion refurbished.  As it was still in the works, the site was closed off – however, as we were walking around the perimeter a local who was working on refurbishing the site brought us in & gave us a personal tour.  He even took us into the main temple!
He himself was Buddhist and when he brought us in & eventually got to the prayer area of the temple he did a Buddhist prayer wishing us the best in life.  People in & around the Yogyakarta area were just seriously some of the most genuinely amazing & freindly & generous people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting in my life.

Sewu

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