The Legend of Mahakarya Borobudur when history comes to life

Floating above the landscape of Central Java like a series of concentric circles that forms a giant mandala is Borobudur Temple, the largest Buddhist monument in the world. Even though there is no written record of who built the temple first, it is believed that Borobudur Temple was built between AD 780 and 840 when the Sailendra dynasty ruled the region. The building was abandoned for centuries and buried beneath layers of volcanic ash from Mount Merapi with only local people knew of its existence.

In 1814, the British ruler of Java, Sir Thomas Stanford Raffles, appointed a team led by Cornelius to investigate a hill, which, according to many local inhabitants, was the site of an ancient monument. The discovery got the Borobudur Temple worldwide attention, but it was not until 1835 that the entire area of the temple has been cleared. Unfortunately, the Dutch colonial government gave away eight containers full of Borobudur statues as presents for the King Chulalongkorn of Siam during his visit to Indonesia in 1896. The relics are still on display in the National Museum of Bangkok.

In Mahakarya Borobudur, the costumes of the king, queen, prince, nobles, royal soldiers and the people referred to are depicted on the relief of Kamadhatu. Dance music uses gamelan instrument Ageng (Slendro and Pelog) mixed with tambourine which is a traditional music instrument, also as depicted on the Borobudur Temple relief.

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PT.Taman Wisata Candi Borobudur, Prambanan & Ratu Boko [PERSERO]

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