Boroburdur Temple, Java, Indonesia

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Comments (16)

ƤōƝƓ on August 18, 2010

I am very happy to see the climax of this architectural wonder! ☆ + L

Its pyramid shape looks like Mt Meru (the original name of Mt Everest) to me. In Thailand and Cambodia, everything from crematory towers, stupas, and temples were built in similar shape to simulate Mt Meru - the place believed to be Gods' residence.

H. A. on August 18, 2010

Incredible nice Building.

Greeting, Herta

Ian Stehbens on August 18, 2010

Thank you Ah-Pong for being my teacher. You have given me some new insights as well as information. I am indebted to you. Borobudur is certainly a wonder of the world. Its scale is remarkable, and the multitude of sculptured panels is most engaging.

On a clear day, this site looks across to the conical peak of Mt Merapi, that smokes away day after day. I am not sure whether there was any correlation with the local peak or not.


Ian Stehbens on August 18, 2010

Dear Herta,

Thanks again for your visit and appreciative remark. It is a wonder worth visiting.


bdeh on August 18, 2010

Beautiful picture and building Ian. Greetings Berend

Ian Stehbens on August 19, 2010

Dear Berend,

I found the temple quite overwhelming - there is so much of it, so much detail, so much that I have no familiarity with... But I found ways of both experiencing it and of appreciating it. So glad I have ahd that opportunity.

Kind regards,


Tanaa on August 20, 2010

hello Ian

very cool perspective shot!

i LIKE it!

cheers, Tanaa :D

Ian Stehbens on August 31, 2010

Greetings Tanaa. I am pleased that you like it. It is a remarkable temple. Have you seen it? I was most impressed by some of the sculptured panels.


Tanaa on August 31, 2010

hi Ian. too bad i've never been to Indonesia. have to go there in the future. :D

Amelia Royan on September 14, 2010

This is amazing architecture Ian, and I too would like to thank Ah-Pong for such good information. The cultural heritage of this area seems to be wonderful. Well worth enlarging to look at the details.

It is amusing to see the nonchalance of the boys ... bored by the historical significance of this temple! Do you know when it was erected?

How are you my dear friend? You seem to have stopped posting.

Warm greetings from the UK, Amelia

sebian1 on September 17, 2010

very very interesting temple !

Whats is the construction !? : D

Amazing, LIKE

Ian Stehbens on September 19, 2010

Tanaa go to Indonesia! There are many wonderful landscapes across such a diverse country, and there is much history as well. Go.


Ian Stehbens on September 19, 2010

Hi Sebian. Thanks for your appreciation and interest. This monster temple is build of cut stone - there is no interior - but one may circumnavigate the temple on each level. I was quite fascinated by the thousands of carved panels that continuously surround the structure. It is regarded as one of the wonders of the world, and is heritage listed of course by UNESCO.



Ian Stehbens on September 19, 2010

Dear Amelia,

I am back. Had a number of special friends visit us here in Tonga, which gave me opportunity to explore with them some more of Tonga. So there are some new uploads. Been busy at the college and our internet was not reliable but seems that Telecommunications Company has fixed the system.

Back to Borobudur. 8th century, I believe for it is mentioned in mid 9th Century texts. Borobudur was built by Sanmaratungga for Buddha Mahayana. Sir Thomas Stanford Raffles in 1814 rediscovered it in a ruined condition and overgrown. There has been a couple or periods or restoration since. I was impressed and pleased now to share it with you.

When one visits the temple there are some tour guides that interpret it for you, but it is people like Ah-Pong who are able to bring it alive.

I hope to be able to return to appreciating your gallery and those of other friends soon, again.

And you are back in UK again for a while?

Warmest regards,


hryckiewicz gr on February 16, 2011

I am very impressed with this beautiful architecture. I Like it. Regards / Grażyna

Ian Stehbens on February 18, 2011

Dear Grażyna,

This deservedly is a World Heritage site. You may enjoy learning much more about it. Search Boroburdur on Google.


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Photo taken in Borobudur, Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia

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