Borobudur: A long days night on the Java Sea

Transit. 3 days, 1200 km, 6 hours of sleep. Boats, trains, motorbikes, and conditioned automobiles…..And the sunrise above Borobudur.

Sunrise above Borobudur

In the distance Mt Merapi and Merbabu

Sunrise above Borobudur

A few minutes later and a few steps back…..

My extensive use of public transportation took me from the southern Sulawesi city of Makassar to deep within Java, where I explored the central cities of Yogyakarta and Borobudur. A quick return to the westernized world I was soon surrounded by tourists watching the sunrise over Borobudur. I no longer had to worry about not being understood, and my little spoken Indonesian brought scores of complements and conversation.

Ancient Hindu temples of Prambanan, just outside Yogyakarta

Prambanan. Ancient Hindu temples outside of Yogyakarta city.

Jataka tales. These stone reliefs depict the previous incarnations of the Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama (previous lives becoming enlightened).

Jataka tales. These stone reliefs surrounding the Borobudur temple depict the previous incarnations of the Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama. I reminded myself that no matter how beautiful the reliefs were the Buddha was a man.

In front of the Prambanan temple dedicated to Shiva. Unfortunately all the Icons inside have been removed. (You can probably see them on exhibit in Germany, the UK or the States)

In front of the Prambanan temple dedicated to Shiva. Unfortunately all the Icons inside have been removed. (You can probably see them on exhibit in Germany, the UK or the States)

Entrance to Sewu, 2nd in size to Borobudur. This Buddhist temple was built right next door to he Hindu temples of Prambanan

Entrance to Sewu, 2nd in size to Borobudur. This Buddhist temple was built right next door to he Hindu temples of Prambanan

Old rock entrance and long dark hallways

Old rock entrance and long dark hallways

Countryside surrounding Borobudur. Its sad to think that the locals who live here could never afford to visit the monument.

Countryside surrounding Borobudur. It’s sad to think that the locals who live a few km away could never afford to visit the monument.

Sewu temple. When walking the grounds I remembered visiting the site as a child at my fathers side.

Sewu temple. When walking the grounds I remembered visiting the site as a child at my father’s side.

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