Bali Indonesia Travel - Borobudur Yogyakarta
The province of Central Java, around the city of Jogyakarta, is the
most famous part of Java and is, in fact, its cultural centre. This
is in part because of the presence there of a variety of religious influences-Buddhist,
Hindu, and other indigenous beliefs, which resulted in the construction
of the impressive temples of Borobudur, Prambanan and the Dieng temple
The 300 year old city of Jogyakarta is the cultural heart of Java. Here
also is Indonesia's oldest palace 'The Kraton,' still the domicile of
Jogya's royalty. Even now the current Sultan of Jogyakarta retains remarkable
political prestige. Jogyakarta offers an abundance of Javanese art,
painting, silverwork, batik handcraft, traditional Javanese dances,
as well as contemporary art. The city is the cultural centre not only
of Java, but of the whole of Indonesia. From Jogyakarta one can travel
easily to the Borobudur and Prambanan temples, which are half-day trips
from the city. Jogyakarta is situated between the foot of the still-active
Merapi volcano and the mystical Indian Ocean, home of 'Loro Kidul,'
Queen of the South Seas.
The most famous of Indonesia's temples is this huge Buddhist pyramid.
This is a Buddhism's largest shrine in Indonesia, built in the 9th
century. Located north west of Jogyakarta, Borobudur was completed
in the second half of the ninth century. Like the Hindu temple complexes
Prambanan and the Dieng plateau, Borobudur was unknown and neglected
for almost a thousand years, covered under thick layers of volcanic
From a far Borobudur looks like a huge but ordinary stone construction.
But from nearby we can see that it consists of hundreds of wonderfully
detailed statues and sculptures, representing Buddhist teachings mixed
with images of Javanese life of a thousand years ago.
Perhaps the finest temple complex in Indonesia, Prambanan is a ten-century
old Hindu temple. This temple is dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva, locally
called Candi Loro Jonggrang, which means 'slender virgin.' From an architectural
point of view this beautifully sculptured spire, fifty meters high,
indeed resembles a 'slender virgin.' Like the Buddhist stupa Borobudur,
Prambanan was abandoned when the Buddhist and Hindu Javanese inhabitants
moved to East Java.
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