Snapshot in Time: Borobudur Keeps a Watchful Eye

As the single largest Buddhist structure on the planet, Borobudur temple and stupa complex is one of Indonesia’s most awe-inspiring monuments and has rightfully been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Its tradition, reserved grandeur and tangible link to the country’s history make it one of Southeast Asia’s must-see supertemples and easily the equal of Cambodia’s Angkor Wat, Thailand’s Wat Pho and Wat Phu Champasak in Laos.

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For centuries it lay hidden in central Java until its rediscovery in the 18th century and following a major restoration project Borobudur has once again become an important place of worship as well as a prime tourist attraction; visitors flocking from nearby Yokyakarta will not fail to be moved by the intricately designed statues of Buddha, relief panels and lattice work stupas dotted around its three circular platforms.


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