Borobudur

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Our world’s allegedly largest and surely most impressive Buddhist stupa.

The monument was built in the 9th century at the turn of 8, an existing hill was thereby coated with six square and three circular platforms. It is equipped with over 500 Buddha statues in various sizes and has nearly 3,000 relief panels both narrative and decorative character. When oriented horizontally, these reliefs would cover more than 2,500 square meters. The Borobudur is since 1991 a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

The base of the temple is located in a supporting casing, which was built in the final stage of construction of the monument: It was found that otherwise the sheer weight of the temple would make him the hill on which it was built, “slip”. The walls of the enclosure cover so that the reliefs of the pedestal. Only a short section of these stories have been uncovered and can be viewed directly on the base platform.

Up one level further up brings you to the first gallery that contains the reliefs best preserved. On more than 700 plates is the early life of the Buddha, telling his incarnations and virtuous deeds.

The three round, upper platforms contain Buddha statues sitting in stupas and meditate. Believers who have circled all lower galleries and studied all the stories on the reliefs have thus reached an advanced stage of enlightenment and purification. A large central stupa, 35 meters above the ground, forming the top of the temple.

Galery on Borobudur

Borobudur Buddha

Relief with ship

Museums

The rather old fashioned museum Karmawibhangga shows pictures of the extensive renovations, which the Borobudur was subjected after he was covered for a thousand years ago by the jungle, and photos of the covert of the shroud base reliefs.

The newer Samudra Raksa Museum shows a reproduction in real size of the famous Borobudur ship that carved in stone can be seen on the 1 Gallery.

Accessibility

The monument at Borobudur Authority is keen to improve accessibility to the temple, which is a difficult task due to the strict building in a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was built on the base platform of the temple already a ramp.

The temple can be visited up to the top galleries; because of numerous steep and uneven stairs but this may not be an easy target for people with limited mobility, even with the full support of our trained team. In any case, the first gallery is relatively easy to achieve. Along its interior walls you will find the best preserved and most interesting reliefs.

Visitors with visual impairment can palpate reliefs and statues with gloves that we provide for you. The heritage authority has a 1 × 1 meter replica of Borobudur, which can be visited on request.

For detailed information with photos on accessibility at Borobudur please contact us.