borobodur

To pass time while the votes were being counted this morning I went on a dawn raid to Borobodur – only one of the most important Buddhist sites in the world, dating from the 8th and 9th century. It’s a stunning place: huge, detailed, imposing and it’s even more incredible to think that it lay lost in the jungle for almost a thousand years. It was abandoned after nearby Mount Merapi (Indonesia’s most active volcano) blew up all over it in 1006 and was only rediscovered under some shrubbery by Sir Stamford Raffles in 1814. How amazing would it have been to have been on that recce into Central Java.

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