Sunday, July 18, 2010

sing to the morning light

Borobudur is the largest Buddhist temple in the world, and I woke up really, really early to go there at sunrise.


One can walk around each level of the temple, which is decorated with reliefs that make the journey up the monument mirror a spiritual journey of enlightenment.


There are depictions of the life of Buddha, of course, but I didn't understand all of the pictures. Like here's a pirate ship!

And some monkeys!

After the corridors of reliefs, the top three levels have hundreds of stupas, and inside each stupa is a Buddha image.


This stupa was left partially restored to show the Buddha inside.


Borobudur was worth awakening at the 4:30 prayer call. A+

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