Borobudur Temple
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The Sacred Grounds of Borobudur
It's no wonder that Borobudur, a Mahayana Buddhist Temple located in central Java, Indonesia, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. When you walk up and see the grounds, the unbelievably intricate carvings, and all the Buddha statues perched along the walls of the temple and encased inside these dome-like structures called stupas, you can feel that this place is sacred. With 504 total Buddha statues, many of which were weathered or decapitated before the temple was protected as it is now, this is the largest Buddhist temple in the world. Constructed in the 9th century, the temple was abandoned in the 14th century and rediscovered hundreds of years later, when it was restored. Borobudur is a Buddhist pilgrimage destination and is the most visited spot in all of Indonesia. The Azamara Quest has several Land Discoveries tours to Borobudur, or you can also hire a taxi and make your way to Magelang, where the temple is located, on your own.
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