Date: 6th February 2011
We left our hotel at 7am to visit Borobudur.
along the way, we came across a section where the main road was once closed due to “lahar dingin”:
You see, each time it rains heavily on the Merapi river, the downpour would bring down the mountain the mud from Merapi top. The flow is normally huge enough to carry HUGE granite stones with them!
Some scenic parts before we reached Borobudur:
We were almost there:
And finally arrived:
3 adults tickets, 1 studentt icket and guide service:
Enjoy the complimentary drink first:
World Heritage Site, for sure:
Photo with Z, as we walked out of the Welcome Centre:
I still could not believe that I was actually there:
Some quick revision:
Borobudur has 9 levels, divided into 3 types:
- Kamadhatu (the world of desires)
- Rupadhatu (the world of forms)
- Arupadhatu (the formless world)
But before I continue, another group photo, as suggested by our guide, Pak Yanto:
And my signature jump:
We finally walked close to Borobudur:
And another pose (couldn’t seem to get enough of it):
A walk on the lower level of Borobudur:
Mount Merapi, as viewed from Borobudur:
Yanto told us the the upper stone tablets tell the story of Buddha (from birth) while the lower tablets told the story of Princess Manohara:
The yellowish wall was due to the Dutch painting the tablets yellow:
Taking a breather before ascending to a higher level:
The entrances are very symmetrical:
Once we are on the Rupadhatu levels, there are only statues of Buddha (and no more tablets of stories):
The highest 3 levels, also known as Arupadhatu, representing the heaven, and are full of stupas:
Inside each stupa there’s a statue of Buddha. Only 2 of these stupas are opened to show the statue. Here’s one of them:
Since we are no longer allowed to go to the stupas’ level, we only admire them from the lover level:
As Yanto put it, it is crowded in “heaven”!
I decided to go down Borobudur, and rest my legs. I admire the complex again from below:
I was later approached by a group of local students, who were there (every Sunday), to practicetheir English, with the supervision of a guide:
I think it was a brilliant idea, because apart from being able to practice their English, they also get to gain more knowledge and confidence!
When we were leaving the Borobudur, there were so many toots trying to sell their products that we had to really really rush to the Welcome Centre. I think this last leg of the walks was the most tiring and unattractive section of our walks round the Borobudur complex!