Temple Run... Live Version

We visited four temples located in the Java Island of Indonesia, three of which are Buddhist temples and one Hindu temple. These are centuries-old structures. My sister, who is an architect, told me how lucky I was to have seen all these structures, which she only saw and read about from history books during her college days. Amazing architectural structures indeed! Shall we start?

Borobudur is a Buddhist temple located in Central Java, Indonesia. Entrance fee was 190,000 rupiah. Tourists are obliged to wear the batik sarong before heading to the temple.

Behold, the Borobudur temple in all its glory!

Everything's just symmetrical! What's more amazing is that NO CEMENT was used in building this mega-structure. So how do the pieces stay together? Imagine lego pieces, yun! Ganun!

Halatang gumising ng 4am para lang makarating sa Borobudur before 6am for the sunrise. Hihi.

Bas reliefs decorate almost all sides of the temple walls. These bas reliefs depict different activities of daily living of the Buddhist people during the earlier times.

This is an aerial view map of the temple. It doesn't matter where you enter (North, S, E or W). As I've said earlier, everything is symmetrical. There are 9 platforms (6 square, 3 circular). Each platform represents one stage of enlightenment. Walking pilgrimage is done in a clockwise direction.

These perforated bell-shaped stupa cages house statues of the Buddha.

A total of 72 stupas are built over the circular platforms.

Here's the biggest, centermost and topmost stupa.

My instaphotos of Borobudur higher platforms.

According to a former student, these stupa cages look like a part of the Air Temple from the series Avatar.

This Buddhist temple is located between Borobudur and Mendut. Wikipedia says these three temples are located on a straight line. "Between Mendut and Borobudur stands Pawon temple, a jewel of Javanese temple architecture. Most probably, this temple served to purify the mind prior to ascending Borobudur."

In Mendut, there is the Buddhist Monastery area and the area of the Mendut temple itself. We went around the monastery first, where we saw a couple of monks.

The Lotus flower instantly became my favorite flower when I started studying Buddhism.

"Like a lotus flower that grows out of the mud and blossoms above the muddy water surface, we can rise above our defilements and sufferings of life."

Papasa na bang koala or monkey? (bottom right pic)

Sitting in half-lotus position, my usual posture during sitting-down meditation. (upper right pic)

This is the old Mendut temple, a few meters from the monastery. During Vesak (Buddhist holiday when they celebrate the Buddha's birthday, enlightenment and death), Buddhists walk from Mendut passing to Pawon before they head to Borobudur.

Unlike the first three temples, Prambanan is a Hindu temple. And it is not just one big structure but three main temples, each one representing the three Gods Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. In front of the temples is another set of three temples representing the animals of each God namely Nandi, Garuda and Angsa.

The main temple ground is a very long walk from the entrance, just like Borobudur. Entrance fee is 170,000 rupiah.

Brahma (the Creator), Vishnu (the Preserver), Shiva (the Destroyer), Angsa, Garuda, Nandi -- before and after the earthquake in year 2006.

Piles of "lego" pieces outside the temple ground.

Hard hat for the not-so-sturdy Candi Siva (the "Destroyer").

As per protocol of a traveling party... solo shots!

It was indeed a very tiring temple run, but it was all worth it! Walang wild monkeys chasing us, and more importantly, walang game over. In the future, I'd like to visit other countries with Buddhist temples too. I've seen a BBC Documentary entitled Seven Wonders of the Buddhist World and it would be such a great honor to see all of them. Watch it here.


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