Borobudur, the world’s largest Buddhist monument draws pilgrims from around Asia to a remote hilltop in central Java. There, they venerate Lord Buddha, surrounded by lush green vegetation and mighty volcanoes, one of which remains active…
Borobudur (or Barabudur), is a 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist temple. The complex consists of nine stacked platforms, six square and three circular, topped by a central dome. Borobudur is decorated with an astounding 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues. The central dome alone is surrounded by 72 Buddha statues, each seated inside a perforated stupa.
Built during the reign of the Sailendra Dynasty, the temple was designed in Javanese Buddhist architecture, blending the Indonesian indigenous cult of ancestor worshiping and the Buddhist concept of attaining Nirvana. This staggering monument is both a shrine to the Lord Buddha and a place for Buddhist pilgrimage.