Monday, June 22, 2009

borobudur temple history

Based on wiki, Borobudur is a ninth-century Mahayana Buddhist Monument in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. The monument comprises six square platforms topped by three circular platforms, and is decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues. A main dome, located at the center of the top platform, is surrounded by 72 Buddha statues seated inside perforated stupa.


The monument is both a shrine to the Lord Buddha and a place for Buddhist pilgrimage. The journey for pilgrims begins at the base of the monument and follows a path circumambulating the monument while ascending to the top through the three levels of Buddhist cosmology, namely Kāmadhātu (the world of desire), Rupadhatu (the world of forms) and Arupadhatu (the world of formlessness). During the journey the monument guides the pilgrims through a system of stairways and corridors with 1,460 narrative relief panels on the wall and the balustrades.

Evidence suggests Borobudur was abandoned following the fourteenth century decline of Buddhist and Hindu kingdoms in Java, and the Javanese conversion to Islam. Worldwide knowledge of its existence was sparked in 1814 by Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, the then British ruler of Java, who was advised of its location by native Indonesians. Borobudur has since been preserved through several restorations. The largest restoration project was undertaken between 1975 and 1982 by the Indonesian government and UNESCO, following which the monument was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Borobudur is still used for pilgrimage; once a year Buddhists in Indonesia celebrate Vesak at the monument, and Borobudur is Indonesia's single most visited tourist attraction

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16 comments: on "borobudur temple history"

NURA said...

salam sobat,,wah2 bikin kangen saya saja INI,,jd ingin mudik ke INDONESIA lg ke BOROBUDUR.

Pika Rock said...

waw, such a luxurious building

TOPNews said...

borobudur is miracle..

i like it

th u antique

judithbms said...

MY temple, Borobudur

wongapik said...

duh dah lama gak ke borobudur... jadi pengen jalan2 kesana :)

gdpermana said...

mau kesitu tapi ga jadi...

Seri said...

a great achievements by the indonesian govt. to have this site listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Opung said...

keren postingannya..memang kita wajib ingat apa yang kita punya seperti borobudur ini. Good work friend!

Nopi Mujiyanto said...

Nice posting kawan,..:)
Marilah kita kampanyekan kembali Borobudur kepunyaan bangsa kita ini agar kembali lgi masuk ke dalam jajaran 7 Keajaiban Dunia,...

afifclever said...

hmmmm..... interesting...

Imelda said...

hllo hapi friday

秘密崇拜者 said...

I like Borobudur i went there once..

yaya said...

Hello,
We are Master students of National Taiwan University of Science and Technology.
We are doing a research about Heritage in Yogyakarta, center of Java. We choose Borobudur and Prambanan to survey how heritage impacted or merged in tourism sites in Indonesia.
And we really need your opinions about those two heritages so we could try our best to improve the tourism in heritage sites.
Thank you for your help!!  Thank you very much!!!
My e-mail: yaya24682006@yahoo.com.tw

The Questionnaire address:
http://www.smart-survey.co.uk/v.asp?i=14289fwmcp

Best regard.

All of Students of Graduate Institute of Architecture and Historic Preservation.

Sherlockindo said...

Borobudur is not a general building, it is very luxurious, even if compared with Angkor Vat temple in Cambodia.

Great article, cheers!

sheshel said...

Borobudur Temple is one of the historical legacy must be guarded...

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