These amazing photos was taken around Magelang, Jawa Tengah, Indonesia
Borobudur. The largest buddhist monument on the planet embraces rather than overwhelms its visitors. The true majesty of Borobudur is revealed on the top three terraces, decorated with 72 Buddha statues and open to a vast panorama
~ Dynasty, The Inflight Magazine of China Airlines, December 2000 Edition, page 65-66.
Borobudur kini masih digunakan sebagai tempat ziarah keagamaan; tiap tahun umat Buddha yang datang dari seluruh Indonesia dan mancanegara berkumpul di Borobudur untuk memperingati Trisuci Waisak. Dalam dunia pariwisata, Borobudur adalah obyek wisata tunggal di Indonesia yang paling banyak dikunjungi wisatawan.
~ Borobudur, Wikipedia Bahasa Indonesia
Photo story: Morning at Borobudur Temple — Borobudur is a 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist monument near Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. It is the biggest Buddhist temple in the world.The monument is both a shrine to the Lord Buddha and a place for Buddhist pilgrimage. The journey for pilgrims begins at the base of the monument and follows a path circumambulating the monument while ascending to the top through the three levels of Buddhist cosmology, namely Kāmadhātu (the world of desire), Rupadhatu (the world of forms) and Arupadhatu (the world of formlessness). During the journey, the monument guides the pilgrims through a system of stairways and corridors with 1,460 narrative relief panels on the walls and the balustrades.
Photo story: Buddha — This is one of the few Buddha statues that was still in its entirety. Many of the Buddha statues in the stupas (a lattice structure that houses the statue) in Borobudur were either headless, handless or both. I believe many of the heads were stolen and sold as exotic ornaments. Pity. To take this picture I actually stuck my camera into the stupa and used the flip-out LCD screen to compose the picture! It goes without saying that the flip-out LCD screen is my favourite feature on this camera.