Borobudur Temple

Stupa at third level of Borobudur temple
The Largest stupa in center of third level, surrounded by 72 smaller stupas

Borobudur Temple at a glance

Borobudur Temple: this is magnificent Buddhist monument constructed between 750 and 850 AD when Central Java still a Buddhist kingdom. Long abandoned, the first re-discovery and appreciation began in 1815 under Raffles, who was the Java during the brief period of British rule. The real work of total reconstruction of the thousands of stone and relief took place under the Indonesian government, who with the assistance of UNESCO, completed a 10 year restoration projection 1984. Today, Borobudur is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with 3 levels and 1460 carved stone relief’s telling the story of Buddha and representing the steps from the earthly realm to Nirvana. Located only 42 km from Jogjakarta is the best seen in the early morning or at twilight.

This monument consists of six square terraces on which there are three circular courtyards, the walls are decorated with 2,672 relief panels and originally there were 504 Buddha statues. The temple has the most complete and largest collection of Buddhist reliefs in the world. The largest main stupa is located in the center and at the same time crowning this building, surrounded by three circular rows of 72 perforated stupas in which there is a Buddha statue sitting cross-legged in a perfect lotus position with the Dharmachakra mudra (turning the wheel of dharma).

This monument is a model of the universe and was built as a holy place to glorify Buddha as well as function as a place of pilgrimage to guide mankind from the realm of worldly desires to enlightenment and wisdom according to Buddha’s teachings.[6] The pilgrims enter through the east side and begin the ritual at the base of the temple by walking around this sacred building in a clockwise direction, while continuing to ascend the next steps through the three levels of realms in Buddhist cosmology. The three levels are Kāmadhātu (the realm of lust), Rupadhatu (the realm of the tangible), and Arupadhatu (the realm of the intangible). On the way the pilgrims walk through a series of passages and stairs by witnessing no less than 1,460 beautiful relief panels engraved on the walls and balustrades.

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Tickets Price

How much does entrance tickets cost ?

  • Adult cost USD 25/person
  • Child cost USD 12/person

The Other Temples

  • Candi Pawon, small Buddhist temple
  • Candi Mendut is small Buddhist temple built at same period where inside located 3 biggest Buddhist temples

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