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Borobudur Temple

Embracing the Sunrise at Borobudur
Our two month adventure in Indonesia during the Fall of 2014 included two weeks on the island of Java. After a 10 hour train ride from Jakarta we spent several nights at Rumah Dharma, a set of 5 humble cottages set amidst the green fields of the Barepan community near the site of the largest Bhuddist temple monument in the world, Borobudur, a UNESCO site, ironically embedded in a predominantly Muslim country. The surrounding fields yielded tobacco, chili peppers, rice and a variety of unnamed vegetables, with these separate parcels owned by different villagers.

At 4:30 a.m. on our second day, we bicycled half a mile in the pitch black early hours to Manohara to climb to the top of this massive temple complex, mastering 1 foot high risers. The breathtaking view was worth it as the sky began its slowly increasing soft red-hued glow.

As the day dawned, we could see that we were surrounded by 12 foot high bell ringer-shaped lava rocks, stupas, with Buddha figures ensconced inside, visible through one of the many diamond-shaped openings. Our guide, Heru, shared his extensive knowledge of the 2,672 relief panels that held Buddhist history and mythology, which made this a valuable educational experience!

Back at Rumah Dharma, our Indonesian host, Medi, a short, stout, fun-loving and playful character, regaled us with his high pitched laughter, as well as playing the guitar and singing several decades old British pop tunes in his guttural soprano voice.
Jl. Badrawati, Kw. Candi Borobudur, Borobudur, Magelang, Jawa Tengah, Indonesia
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