Saturday, 16 October 2010

Borobodur - The Largest Ancient Buddhist Temple in the Ancient World

Borobudur was built in the 9th Century AD and survived for 500 years as an active place of Buddhist worship and devotion. However the advance of Hinduism and Islam saw the monumental temple decline and was eventually abandoned until after centuries of neglect it had become overgrown and unrecognisable.

It was rediscovered by the Victorian explorer Sir Thomas Raffles of Singaporean Raffles bar fame - who was alerted by locals to its existence and began excavations.

It has 2762 Buddha relief panels and 504 Buddha statues with the main dome surrounded by a further 73 Buddha statues and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

One of the must see sites before I die.

An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea. Buddha

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