The main reason why Angge agreed to include Jogjakarta in our trip to Indonesia was the Temple of Borobudur. We initially planned to just stay in Bali and chill, which was all fine by me. But, after I showed her the pictures of Borobudur and probably because she’s very much aware that I really wanted to visit another UNESCO World Heritage site, after the “temple run” I experienced in Angkor Wat, she said yes! Woohoo!
We woke up early enough to catch the sun rise over Mt. Merapi.
After paying for our entrance fees, we were given Candi Borobudur sarongs, which formed part of our outfits of the day. Look at those happy faces!
Candi Borobudur is located in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. Included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1982, this Mahayana Buddhist temple is one of the most visited places in Jogjakarta. And, although it did not awe me as Angkor Wat did, it still is one of the most beautiful structures I’ve seen in my life.
I especially loved the details in their sculptures.
And, the stories each tell.
Our guide stressed the belief in the existence of both good and bad and the necessity of balance between the two. This was expressed in the difference in the shapes of holes in the two groups of stupas in the top level, one set has diamond-shaped holes while the other has square-shaped holes.
These stupas were big enough to allow us to rest after doing the tour under the heat of the sun.
And, let us take these awesome pictures.
And, there was this biggest stupa of ’em all —
After resting, we went on our way down and stopped for a few more times to take pictures. Sorry, cam-whores, we sorta are. :D I hope you understand, though. All of us don’t know if and when we’ll get to visit Candi Borobudur again. And, you know, as they say, photos and stories are the best souvenirs one can have from travelling. :)
But, more than the pictures and the stories, my biggest take-away from this visit to Candi Borobudur was the confirmation of my belief that, “Everything is nothing. Nothing is everything.” It was good to know that it’s not only me who gets it. I’m not THAT weird after all. :)
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