I visited both of these sites for the first time in September and then again in February when my ELF friends Jackie and Michaela came to visit. We left the ICRS guesthouse at 5:30 in the morning to beat the heat and the crowds. Our efforts paid off because we had Borobudur practically all to ourselves on a gloriously sunny morning. But by the time we got to Prambanan, the midday sun was at its strongest and we felt ourselves fading fast and in need of some frozen mango drinks at Parsley. However, before we called it a day we got in some great photo-ops and learned some interesting facts.
|The origins of the name 'Borobudur' are disputed |
but it might mean 'temple above the hill'.
|Borobudur was abandoned in the 10th century|
and remained buried under volcanic ash until its rediscovery in the 18th century.
|Borobudur is Indonesia's most visited tourist attraction.|
|Originally there were 504 Buddha statues.|
Today more than 300 are damaged and more than 40 are missing.
|There are more Buddha statues inside each of these latticed stupas. This top level of the temple was closed because the Buddhas in the stupas are still covered in ash from the recent 2010 eruptions of Mt. Merapi.|
|Four-headed Hindu statue in one of the smaller shrines.|