I am in Jakarta for work, but since we had some free time we decided to go to Yogyakarta for the weekend.
Marcel (our guide) took us first to Borobudur.
Borobudur is a large Buddhist temple built around 750 to 850 AD.
The temple has 4 levels.
The temple was discovered in the 1800s, but was mostly covered with soil. It has been under resortation since.
Along the bottom of the temple are carved tiles that tell about good and evil. At some point these were built over. Only this corner showes some of these tiles.
Close up on the "good" tiles.
There are over 400 Buddhas around the temple with more in the stupas on top.
Not all the Buddhas are complete.
The second level has more narrative panals that describe the Buddhist religion.
The are 4 panels (2 on left and 2 on right) along the walkway. One would have to walk around 4 times to see the whole story.
The are over 3000 panals along the walls.
The panels are around 5km in length.
Working up to the next level.
More panels telling a story.
Not all the orginal pieces were found. The replacment blocks are not carved.
The bottom levels formed a square, but the top levels were a circle.
There are over 70 stupas on top, each of which contains a Buddha.
This is the only open stupa. It is only open becuase the orginal blocks were not found.
Belief has it, that if you touch the Buddha's had in this stupa your wish will come true.
Looking down from the top.
Looking along the levels.
Last view of Borobudur.
These guys were trying to see us trinkets.
The "handkerchief" tree. The tree is called this because the new leaves look like handkerchiefs.
Inside the temple are three statues of the Buddhist divinities
There is a large Banyan tree next to the temple.
After Borobudur we went into Yogyakarta and visited the Kraton (or Royal Palace)
Shadow Puppets are used in daily shows.
This is the banquet facility. The tenth Sultan still lives here.
Wedding cart. Overall, the sultan palace was not overly impressive.
Next we went to the bird market.
You could buy just about any type of animal were from birds, to lizards, to cats or squirrels.
Overall this market was pretty depressing. Poor animals.
Next we walked over to the water palace. Here is a view of some of the local housing.
Entrance to the water palace.
The water palace was used by the first two sultans for bathing.
After getting lunch we went to Prambanan
Prambanan is a Hindu temple compound built around 800 BC.
There were over 230 temples here, most of which have not been rebuilt.
The temples here are smaller in area but taller than the ones at Borobudur.
This one is the tallest. It was closed because of damage from an earth quake in 2006.
Lots of carving where also.
Still a lot of restoration to be done.
After this we had dinner and saw a traditional dance.
View of the volcano, Mount Merapi, next to Jogya from my hotel room.
On the way to the airport.