Sunrise at Borobudur Temple

March 07, 2022


Photographer: Sheyenne ScrivenJin

Summary Author: Sheyenne ScrivenJin; Cadan Cummings

The photo above shows a sunrise over the Borobudur Temple located in Kedu Valley on the island of Java, Indonesia. Built over one thousand years ago during the Shailendra dynasty, the historic site is the largest Buddhist temples in the world measuring 113 ft (34 m) tall and 400 ft (123 m wide). The Borobudur Temple was used between approximately the years 900 to 1400 before being deserted for approximately four hundred years. In the early 1800’s, the site was rediscovered although needed considerable restoration work to return the site to its original greatness. With assistance from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the site was restored between 1975 and 1982 and is now a World Heritage Site. Currently, the site attracts the most visitors of any spot in Indonesia as it is popular for tourism and Buddhist ceremonies during the Vesak holiday. Photo taken February 27, 2020.

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