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BorobudurAugust 20, 2012

We made it to Yogyakarta, Java where we settled into our hotel. We took short day trips from the hotel, like this one to the famous temple, Borobudur:

We learned a whole bunch about the history of the temple, it's reconstruction, and the interpretation of it's friezes, but it would be too much work to impart it all to you, so I will let wikipedia do that for you: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borobudur


































I took this picture of them carefully reconstructing a wall with irreplaceable priceless carved stones, turned around to catch up with the rest of the group, and tripped over one of the newly laid stones...I think it was fine.






Inside each of these bell shaped "stupas" is a sitting Buddha...there are 72 stupas.










People touch his feet for good luck























A photo of the temple after excavation. The temple was discovered in 1814 by Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, excavated, and renovated many times over. The largest renovation was undertaken by the Indonesian government and UNESCO (it is a world heritage site) in 1975, where they pretty much took it apart, cleaned it, added water drainage, and put it back together...it took 7 years.

Hawkers

There always seem to be screws left over when I take something apart and put it back together, I suppose I shouldn't be all that surprised by this collection of extra parts



Cleaning the temple


The very top of the temple (in the foreground) was removed and replaced with a lightning rod. The sitting Buddha was inside of the completely enclosed center stupa.

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