Photo Essay: Borobudur Pilgrimage

Borobudur Temple

Borobudur Temple

Borobudur Temple

Borobudur Temple

Borobudur Temple

Borobudur Temple

Borobudur Temple

Borobudur Temple

Borobudur Temple

Like many, one of the main reasons to travel to Yogyakarta or Jogja in Indonesia is to see the temples. At a recent trip, we saw three of the most popular ones: Prambanan, Pawon and Borobudur. The Borobudur Temple was the most magnificent of all three, hence we created a photo essay of our experience.

We have gotten to know many important events and historical relevance of the temple because we were provided with a knowledgeable tour guide. It was indeed very educational as it was very cultural. As we were traversing the three main levels of the Borobudur Temple, while at the same time enjoying the architecture and the sculptures, we have felt an invigorating psychological calm, peace and serenity.

With 504 Buddhas and 72 of it surrounding the central dome at the top most level, the inner peace we have felt must have been brought upon us by the Buddhas and the intricate stone carvings on its walls; which certainly helped retell its story from a different perspective. Although ours was not the typical pilgrimage one may have had, but still a pilgrimage nonetheless.

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