You’ve read on the prelude and my AirAsia.com Indonesia experience – now’s the time to explore Yogyakarta in details! On our 4D3N trip, we had a little crazy experience across UNESCO monuments – too magnificent that ” wow.. wow.. wow..” filled the air as well as known for its workmanship, we also visited some local factories that specialises in Batik, silverware and handmade bags.
Read it in the news – see it LIVE. One of the must-visits top attraction in Yogyakarta is the most active volcano in Indonesia and been erupting over hundred of the years, damaging homes and lives of the villagers in the area.
Located near the foot of the hill that has a breathtaking view of the Mt Merapi, a river that flows through the village is now filled with lump of ashes that damaged the roads and bridges. Devasting damages that break the heart of visitors to the area – saddening isn’t it!
We were extremely lucky to have the clouds chased away which initially covered the top of the peak and cap of the volcano and then slowly disappeared and blown away within 10 minutes!
While waiting patiently for the clouds to clear the cap of Mt Merapi, I gotta a’little excited and started my star-jumps with Mt Merapi as background – snapped by Muiee from temporary-local.com, the photographer who snaps really good photos!
Mount Merapi at its BEST Visibility without any clouds that covered the cap of the volcano – gorgeous isn’t it with how this active volcano can add-on to this natural setting of the surroundings.
Another captivating views of Mt Merapi – yet another side of the destruction before the views – with houses left in pieces and over-left ashes from the eruption that took place a year ago.
This magical monument, once hidden in the midst of thick forests and flora was again re-discovered by local civilians and re-opened to the public – popular among tourists.
Hike the stairs to the big wonders awarded and recognised as an UNESCO attraction – slowly unrevealing the 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist monument that looks as if it’s glowing under the light.
Nothing mesmerizes as it is for its finest craftmanship – crafting those statues on the exterior walls one by one and it only takes 75 years to complete it? I swear it’s more than that – it’s too INCREDIBLE & SPEECHLESS to just wow… and wow.. and wow…
Make a little guess what does the 4 digits represent – that is the year which marks the start of on-site construction for the world’s largest buddhist temple, preserved till today despite it underwent volcano eruptions that covered the whole site.
Built using cement? Think harder – there’s no cement involved!! Another wow? Built using a smart interlocking system that manages to keep the stones closely that stacked like Lego Blocks and strongly sticked to each other like super glue.
Look close enough and you’ll be shocked with these carvings – hand and manually carved spanning over more than 1,300 narrative panels which illustrates the life of Buddha and Buddhist texts which makes Borobudur Temple the largest and most complete collection of Buddhist reliefs in the world.
Don’t expect to see any halls that you usually see in temples – uniquely built, tourists will admire the scenery and carvings along-side the pathway that has 6 levels going from the east and walking in a clockwise direction.
Climb those steep steps to the peak where you’ll be taken away with a breathtaking views of nearby mountains and a green forestry which rewards your efforts.
Visitors are required to don a Batik Sarong on their waist as a form of respect so you get to choose from different designs of Sarong to make your visit here memorable! 🙂
Served as a landmark of Borobudur, there lies an extremely big ( and heavy ) bell-shaped shrine, also known as stupa which sits at the top and center of the temple among the other bell-shaped shrines that are smaller in size.
Did you notice what’s INSIDE? If you look really close enough, you’ll notice that there are buddha statues within the bell-shaped shrine for some, and not for others.
Be amazed with a breathtaking views of bell-liked shrine in a circular direction around the top of the Borobudur Temple – Each of these statues represents a hand gesture indicating one of the five directions: east, with the mudra of calling the earth to witness; south, with the hand position of blessing; west, with the gesture of meditation; north, the mudra of fearlessness; and the centre with the gesture of teaching – the true buddha teaching.
Not forgetting our signature JUMP-Shots for Borobudur – leaving you speechless and amazed with how finest yet strong are the structures built with a meaningful teachings of buddha where one will hike each level and enjoy those carvings that represents the ten levels of a Bodhisattva’s life where he or she must undergo and experience before becoming a Buddha.