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Sunday, May 6, 2012

Yogyakarta (Jogjakarta), Java, Indonesia

The title sounds funny, doesn't it? Well, in actual fact this is a place, in Indonesia, home of the 1000 temples of Borobudur.

As many of you might know, Borobudur is the world famous 1000 temples, which was found hidden in the rain forest and put into restoration a few times. When I first heard my Mum and Dad talk about Borobudur, the initial idea was " Oh no!!!! Temples! And I have to wake up at 4 am!!!!!!" but in the end, after going there I was reciting the history like the Wikipedia Page. Mainly, it is based on Buddhism, as it is a shrine to Buddha. There are 10 levels; The first few are for people who have desire, as it is only carvings and stories about people who always want something(us). The second level is people who are in the middle of desire and enlightenment, neither of the two. The top 2 or 3 levels are Enlightenment, and that is where you get to see the stunning sunrise or the dazzling sunset, as well as Stoopas, these mini shrines like upside down ice-cream cones. Borobudur is one of the World UNESCO sites, the second one in Yogyakarta (also Prambhanam) .

We went to Yogyakarta in February, and it was boiling hot, and I mean literally. Imagine walking more than 100 steps,and walking around the temple, that is what it would have felt like. Though, once you get to the top, you feel a light breeze and a sigh of relief. The picture below is a view of Borobudur, you can't see all 10 levels, but once you go inside you can. The one below that is the stoopas, there are about 72/73 on the top few levels.

If you want to go, it is a great educational place, and historical place to go to, and we all had lots of fun there!