Borobudur – Gem of Buddhist Architecture

Borobudur was completed circa 825 C.E. during the reign of Buddhist Sailendra Dynasty in Java.

Built during the Srivijaya Period in the 9th Century C.E., Borobudur is one of the largest and most impressive Buddhist monuments in the world.  Its structure symbolizes the entire Buddhist cosmology comprising different realms of existence.  Thousands of sculptures and relief carvings chronicling the Buddha’s life adorn the enormous stupa, making it extremely rich in narratives.

Borobudur is the single most-visited tourist spot in Indonesia.  Once a year, it is also the most important congregational site for pilgrims to observe ‘Waisak’ (Vesak) Full-moon celebrating the Buddha’s Enlightenment.  In 1991, Borobudur was listed by UNESCO as a ‘World Heritage Site’, cementing its reputation as a true gem of Buddhist architecture.