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Borobudur & Prambanan - Secondpart of our journey to Indonesia.

In the early morning hours, we drove from Yogyakarta, with a 10-strong crew to the world's largest Buddhist temple facility at all. In the middle of the 8th century the monumental structure of the so-called Sailendra - the rulers of the mountains - was erected in the Javanese jungle, well before the construction of the great cathedrals of Europe.

About 100 years later the volcano Merapi lava lava marshes, so the Borobudur disappeared into its ashes and the people fled from the region. It was not until 1814 that the plant was rediscovered by a former colonial administrator and released for today's visitors.

After 6:30 am we passed the gates to the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage, and we first looked at the magnificent garden around the monument. Everything seemed so huge to me, and while the sun gently penetrated the mist, we climbed the first steps up to the 79 bell-like stupas. In total, the complex is 40 m high, with the construction of more than 2 million blocks of rocks being used. At the top you can see the reliefs that represent the life of Buddha. The faithful Buddhists circle the nine terraces in a certain order & meditation, on the other hand such tourists like us, let their gaze wander over the jungle, praise Jesus for the day and take photos .... :-) Today, Borobudur is one of the most important pilgrimage destinations for Buddhists from all over the world.

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After a few hours of exploring, we will go to the next destination of the day - the visit of Prambanan. From Borobudur we reach the oldest Hindu temples of Indonesia after a few kilometers. The architecture was apparently constructed as an equivalent to the Buddhist borobudur, for the creation of the monument is also dated to the 8th century. In 1991, UNSECO Prambanan entered the World Cultural Heritage list. The architectural style of Prambanan is typical of Hindu temples, as they are pointed upwards. However, several earthquakes raged against the plant, so the restoration work continues today. Prambanan consists of 8 main stamps with a maximum height of 47 meters and more than 250 smaller secondary stamps. A Sarong is a must, and during the construction work you should protect yourself against falling rocks with a helmet on your head. The entire park of Prambanan includes several gardens, temples, shrines and souvenir and art shops.

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  • Borobudur is 45 km from Yogyakarta. You can take a taxi or bus there.
  • All visitors to the temple complex should wear a sarong.
  • If you want to visit Borobudur and Prambanan, you should opt for a combination ticket in order to save one or the other euro. (There are student discounts)
  • From Yogyakarta it is about 19 km to Prambanan If you want to visit both temples in one day, an early start is worth the day.