Borobudur Off The Beaten Path

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    Bukit Dagi (Dagi Hill): Sight not to be missed

    by b_c_k Updated Aug 11, 2007

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    There's a hill on the western side of the temple which we hiked up to. The view of the Borobudur temple is just magnificent from there. Just go out through the western gate, walk towards one of the museums - I forgot the name, I think it's Museum Rekor - because this one you have to pay extra to go in. and you can't miss the steps up to the hill on the right. It's a very short hike. When you reach the top, the view and the breeze are just too nice to miss. Bring some snacks - enjoy the view!

    View from the hill top as the sun sets
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    Talk to locals

    by hez28 Updated Dec 20, 2006

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    This is an opportunity for you to talk to the locals and for them to practice their English. There will be research students sometimes visiting the Borobodur on their field trip. They can be friendly but shy as well, in particular, the young girls. If possible, they will try to take a photo with you, especially if you’re very foreign-looking i.e. white.

    I did not want to put this tip under warning as I found this experience to be quite pleasant. I managed to mingle with some young kids from Cirebon who were very willing to make friends, ask me questions, and take pictures! It's cute to see them speaking English and attempting their very best; reading out of a notepad and asking "What is your name? What is your nickname?"

    But for those who do not want their “Borobudur experience” to be interfered, this situation might take up your time.

    Cirebon students
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    Suroloyo, a different view of Borobudur

    by theo1006 Updated Oct 27, 2006

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    Big as Borobudur may seem when you have to climb it, it is small as seen from the Menoreh Hills.
    Ask the driver of your hired car to make a sidetrip to Suroloyo lookout point. If he does not know it, it's the same direction as Sendang Sono, a R.Catholic retreat. Coming from Yogya it is the last turn left (at Salam) before the Muntilan road to Borobudur; or returning from Borobudur it is the first turn right. About 20 km of winding but well-paved mountain road brings you to the lookout. There are fine sights along the road too.
    There are several hilltops which you can climb. The main lookout is next to the parking, about 300 steps up!!

    Tiny Borobudur as seen from Suroloyo lookout Enlargement of Borobudur in its surroundings Merapi volcano Mt. Sumbing and on its left Mt. Sindoro Left Mt. Merbabu, right Mt. Merapi
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    Elephants

    by bpacker Updated Mar 10, 2006

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    The artists who created the panels of Borobudur incorporated many images of Indonesian life and culture, perhaps to give the pilgrims some comfort of familiarity along the walkways . Javanese animals share the walls with strange mythological creatures

    Horses and Elephants were the land rovers in the 9th Century...

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    Monkey Business

    by bpacker Updated Mar 10, 2006

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    The artists who created the panels of Borobudur incorporated many images of Indonesian life and culture, perhaps to give the pilgrims some comfort of familiarity along the walkways . Javanese animals share the walls with strange mythological creatures

    Surprisingly intelligent monkeys who use a bowl to collect fruit..

    Wanna sunkist, mate?

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    Indian Influence in Borobodur

    by bpacker Updated Mar 9, 2006

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    Though Borobudur is Buddhist by nature, you can see examples of Indian Hindu influence on its artwork. The Kinnara, mentioned in the Vedic text is one such example. What's a kinnara? It's a fine mythical creature with a human face and torso but its legs, wings and tails are those of a bird.

    When I went to Borobudur, I expected to see a storyboard of Prince Siddartha aka Buddha. So when I saw these winged couple. I took a double take. Nope, they were not from the tales of Harry Potter but from an ancient Hindu text. Half human, half bird . A Kinnara and not a Griffin;p

    Quit stepping my feathered tail, darlin'!

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    Bird Like Creature

    by bpacker Updated Mar 9, 2006

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    Though Borobudur is a Buddhist by nature, you can see examples of Indian Hindu influence on its artwork. The Garuda, mentioned in the Vedic text is another example. It's the opposite of the Kinnara. instead of having a birdie bottom, this fella is bird-headed with a human body.

    After a while more, I spotted yet another creature, this time he had the head of a bird. Pretty much like Horus, the falcon-headed Egyptian god. But he's better known as Garuda in this part of the world and seen almost everywhere, including the tail of their national carrier - Garuda Airlines.

    Little did garuda realise he'll b on an airplane..

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    The Borobudur Ship

    by bpacker Updated Mar 9, 2006

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    Many archaeologists hold the belief that the bas reliefs on the walls of Borobudur Temple hold vital clues to the lifestyles and ancient living conditions found in Java and other parts of Indonesia. Those scenes also have much in common with the present condition of living!

    Do you have a copy of Footprints: Indonesia? If you do, then you would have seen a line drawing of this ship on one of its pages. I actively looked for the ship on the walls of Borobudur and almost yelled out in excitement when I saw it. There it was, an old-fashioned sailing ship with a double outrigger, with its crew actively navigating the ship and a number of passengers on board! It is believed that these ships were once used for the famous spice trade in the Indonesian islands.

    Afternote: I later found out that this ancient ship has been reconstructed in 2003! It was reconstructed on the belief that the ships in the ninth century would have needed a minimum capacity to take 20-30 people and around 25-30 tons of goods and supplies to successfully undertake long-range voyages and trade following the "Cinnamon Route".

    An Ancient Ship Used for the Spice Trade The modern replica of the Borobudur Ship

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    Seduction Under a Roof of Parrots

    by bpacker Updated Mar 9, 2006

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    The base of Borobodur is covered with sculptures depicting all sins known to men- greed, lust, envy, you name it. Before covering the top tier, make sure you look at the Buddhist version of hell where everyone succumbs to their earthly desires.

    Hmm, a nice 9th century spa scene captured in stone. Looks like this chap is given a nice massage under a roost of parrots. I hope the birds don't spoil his spa experience.

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    Lust on the last steps

    by bpacker Updated Mar 9, 2006

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    The base of Borobodur is covered with sculptures depicting all sins known to men- greed, lust, envy, you name it. Before covering the top tier, make sure you look at the Buddhist version of hell where everyone succumbs to their earthly desires.

    According to the Buddhists, all men who are not yet enlightened are slaves to their own desires. And it looks like this couple over here are slaves to lust. And they don't seem to mind either. Just look at the coy smile on the lady's face and see where her partner's hand is.

    So, honey, what's your cellphone no?

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    from coconut trees to the rivers

    by ukirsari Written Nov 11, 2005

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    do not forget that borobudur is laying nearby menoreh hills and kedu plain. there are many coconut trees and nice countryside along the way. and there are two rivers of progo and elo and two small temples so called mendut and pawon nearby.

    borobudur surrounded by coconut trees (c) ukirsari
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    Museum

    by kyoub Written Oct 30, 2005

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    In the early 1970's a team of international archaeologists investigated Borobudur. They found that the condition of the foundation had deterioated so much that the entire monument was in danger of caving inwards.
    The monument was closed for 10 years while it was being restored. The work was completed in 1983 and the monument was reopened.
    There is a museum close to the monument that has an exibition showing the process.
    Your ticket to see the monument includes admission to the museum.

    View from monument
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    Stay and watch the sunset at Borobudor!

    by xuessium Written Feb 26, 2005

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    Stay and see spectacular sunsets at Borobudor as the sun sets behind the mountains surrounding the monument. Prepare to return to Borobudor at about 5pm and make your way up to the main stupa and face west. The sun should begin its slow descend around 5.45pm and the entire show ends around 7pm. The security guards will be there to shoo you out of the Park.

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