Travel Inspiration

Borobudur and Prambanan












Borobudur and Prambanan are remarkable ancient temples in central Java, Indonesia.

Borobudur is a Buddhist temple, built between 750 and 850 AD.  It is in a spectacular setting of rice paddies and Palm trees.  Looming volcanoes give the numerous statues of Buddha much to contemplate.


There are six square terraces topped by three circular terraces, representing Buddha's journey from the world to nirvana.

Borobudur has been a Unesco World Heritage site since 1991.


Prambanan is a Hindu temple complex.  The temples were built between the 8th and 10th centuries AD.  Damaged over the centuries by earthquakes and looters, Prambanan is now on the Unesco World Heritage list and considerable restoration work has been undertaken.  The architecture and art are very fine, somewhat reminiscent of Angkor.

The most recent earthquake in the Yogyakarta region was in 2006, the day after Merapi erupted.  It killed 6,000 and damaged many buildings including temples at Prambanan.


by Charlie Nelson
May 2009