Borobudur, is a 8th-century Buddhist temple in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. Borobudur is the most largest Buddhist temple in the world. Borobudur temple consists of nine stacked platforms, six square and three circular, topped by a central dome. Decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues. The central dome is surrounded by 72 Buddha statues, each seated inside a perforated stupa. Built in the 9th century during the reign of the Sailendra Dynasty, the temple was designed in Javanese Buddhist architecture, which blends the Indonesian indigenous cult of ancestor worship and the Buddhist concept of attaining Nirvana. The temple also demonstrates the influences of Gupta art that reflects India's influence on the region, yet there are enough indigenous scenes and elements incorporated to make Borobudur uniquely Indonesian. The monument is both a shrine to the Lord Buddha and a place for Buddhist pilgrimage. The journey for pilgrims begins at the base of the monument and follows a path around the monument and ascends to the top through three levels symbolic of Buddhist cosmology: K?madh?tu (the world of desire), Rupadhatu (the world of forms) and Arupadhatu (the world of formlessness). The monument guides pilgrims through an extensive system of stairways and corridors with 1,460 narrative relief panels on the walls and the balustrades. Borobudur has the largest and most complete ensemble of Buddhist reliefs in the world. Evidence suggests Borobudur was constructed in the 9th century and abandoned following the 14th-century decline of Hindu kingdoms in Java and the Javanese conversion to Islam. Worldwide knowledge of its existence was sparked in 1814 by Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, then the British ruler of Java, who was advised of its location by native Indonesians. Borobudur has since been preserved through several restorations. The largest restoration project was undertaken between 1975 and 1982 by the Indonesian government and UNESCO, following which the monument was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Borobudur is still used for pilgrimage; once a year, Buddhists in Indonesia celebrate Vesak at the monument, and Borobudur is Indonesia's single most visited tourist attraction.
The magnificent Borobudur Temple in Magelang, in the Central Java Province will again become the focus of attention when runners from across the world gather at this UNESCO World Cultural Heritage monument when the Borobudur International Marathon is staged on 20th November 2016. Extending the program significantly compared to previous editions, this year thousands of international and national runners will not only compete in the 10K and Half Marathon (21Km) distances but also for the Full Marathon (42Km) and Ultra Marathon (116Km) distances. There will also be a 3Km special Ambassador & Celebrity Run Category that will be participated by a number of ambassadors and Indonesia’s top celebrities.The start and finish line will be drawn at the Lumbini Garden, by the Borobudur Temple, except for the Ultra Marathon category which will start from the Train Museum in Ambarawa. Expected to involve participation of no less than 20,000 running enthusiasts, the Borobudur International Marathon 2016 offers a total cash prize of IDR4 Billion. Highlighting the international marathon, a series of pre-events will also take place around Borobudur, namely the Central Java Borobudur Adventure Off Road on the 11th to 13th November, the Borobudur Jazz Festival on 19th November, and BTN Tour de Borobudur Cycling Event on 19th to 20th November. The Borobudur temple is the world’s largest Buddhist monument, an ancient site widely considered as one of the world’s seven wonders. Built in the 9th century during the reign of the Syailendra dynasty, the temple’s design in Gupta architecture reflects India's influence on the region, yet there are enough indigenous scenes and elements incorporated to make Borobudur uniquely Indonesian. Located on the island of Java, the temple sits majestically on a hilltop overlooking lush green fields and distant hills. It covers a huge area, measuring 123 x 123 meters. The monument is a marvel of design, decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues. The architecture and stonework of this temple have no equal. More Information is available at: http://www.borobudurmarathon.co.id
The central part of the beautiful island of Java consists of 2 provinces, namely: Central Java and Yogyakarta (or more popularly known as Jogja). Here throbs the heart and soul of Java's ancient sophisticated civiliation that reached its pinnacle in the 8th and 9th century, as evident in the construction of the mighty Borobudur temple, - a Buddhist heritage -, and its adjacent graceful Prambanan temple complex, - a Hindu archaeological site. The wonder is how these two magnificent temples of such differing religions could stand so close to one another without having experienced any apparent historical battles in its past. Further archaelogical proofs have confirmed that on Java, and in particular in this central part of Java, the different religions that have been infused here have been absorbed peacefully into the philosophy, character and behaviour of its inhabitants. In the 14th century, Islam was spread here, while Chinese Admiral Zheng He dropped anchor at the port of Semarang , leaving behind some of his followers who brought with them Chinese customs and traditions. This period was followed by Europeans, who from the 16th century on instilled the Christian religion as well as other modern world views. All these influences have, through the centuries been philosophically absorbed by the inhabitants and their leaders, whose majority today embrace Islam, but which impressions have quietly morphed the profile and character of the Javanese of today, who live in this modern 21st. century. Borobudur temple, it seems, disappeared under tons of lava during one of Mt Merapi’s huge eruptions. It was rediscovered and delved by British Governor General Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles in the 17th century , Borobudur was in the20th century gradually rebuilt to its former glory, as was the Prambanan temple complex. And so, in efforts to retrace history, relive the centuries of changing civilizations in this region. yet living in the present world, while looking forward to the future, the Indonesian Government has decided to revitalize this whole region, among others, through the staging of dynamic tourist events throughout the year, to tell the Story of Java. These range from the religious and the spiritual, to arts and culture including cuisine and health, to the more mundane competitive sports. 1. Tawur Agung Prambanan, March 27 2. Ratu Boko Yoga & Meditation Day, April 9 3. The Borobudur Dance Art Creation Competition, April 11-12 4. Mandiri Jogja International Marathon, April 17 5. Borobudur International Conference, May 6-7 6. Borobudur Photo Contest, May 1-30 7. Vesak day in Borobudur, May 11 8. Prambanan Music, Art, & Culture, May 20 9. Prambanan International Yoga Day, June 3 10. Borobudur Legoland Festival, June 15-30 11. Sounds of Borobudur Cultural & Music Camp, July 14-16 12. Borobudur Hair Style & Fashion Masterpiece, July 22 13. Borobudur International Festival, July 28-30 14. Prambanan Culinary Festival, August 12-13 15. Prambanan Jazz, August 19-20 16. Keraton Nusantara Dance Festival, August 20-21 17. Ratu Boko Festival, September 22-24 18. Borobudur & Prambanan Water Color Heritage Exhibition, September 25 19. Gamelan Nusantara & Langen Cerita Festival, October 6 20. Prambanan - Borobudur International Heritage Goo Wess Bike Tour, October 28 21. Prambanan Music Performance, October 28 22. Borobudur Cultural Feast, October 17-18 23. Jogja International Heritage Walk, November 18-19 24. Borobudur International 10K, November 26 25. Borobudur Nite, December 31
Celebrating Buddhism’s most holy event on Vesak 2560/2561, thousands of Buddhists from Indonesia and across the region will congregate at the magnificent Borobudur Temple in Central Java to take part in the series of rituals and ceremonies which this year will takes place from 19 – 22 May 2015. While, the pinnacle of the ceremony will occur at 04.14.06 hrs. West Indonesia Time on 22 May 2016. The event is preceded by a rite to obtain holy water from the pristine springs at Jumprit in the Temanggung district, on 20thMay 2016. On the same day, this ritual will be followed by igniting the Vesak torch whose flames are taken from the natural eternal flames at Mrapen in the village of Grobogan, in the Purwodadi district, Central Java. The flame and holy water will then be kept in the Mendut Temple to be paraded and used during the ceremony at Borobudur on the actual Vesak day. On 21st May 2016 the ceremony will commence with prayers at the Mendut temple, then the gathering of pilgrims will walk to the Borobodur temple carrying the flame of eternal fire, the holy water and Buddhist symbols that had been carefully guarded in the Mendut temple, to place these on the main altar which had been set up on the west side of the Borobudur temple. On 22nd May, the pinnacle of the Vesak ritual will commence at the Vihara Githa. Devotees will then continue with pradaksina or the ritual of prayers circling three times around the Borobudur temple, moving clockwise from east to west. An integral part of the ritual is the lighting up of candles and chanting of the Ghata Visaka Puja by the congregation. Nearing the final second of this year’s Vesak moment all devotees will meditate in deep spirituality followed by blessings given by the Mahathera Bhikkhu and Mahasthavira Bhiksu. Marking the pinnacle of Vesak’s series of rituals some 1,000 Puja lanterns will be released into the sky symbolizing enlightenment for the entire universe. Conducted annually during the full moon in the month of May or at the purnama sidhi , Vesak commemorates three most important events in the life of Buddha Siddharta Gautama known as the Tri Suci Waisak. The first important event is the Birth of Prince Siddharta in the Lumbini Gardens in 623 BC. The second episode is the enlightenment (nirv??a) in which Prince Siddharta became the Buddha in Bodhgaya at the age of 35 in 588 BC, and the third is the passing (Parinirv?na) of Gautama Buddha at Kusinara at the age of 80 in 543 BC. Therefore, Vesak is also known as simply Budhha’s day. The Borobudur International Buddhist Conference and Pre-Vesak event 2016 “PILGRIMAGE TOUR” This year, the Vesak ritual ceremony will also be highlighted with 2 special pre-events. These are first, the Borobudur International Buddhist Conference which will be held at the Concourse of Borobudur Park on 19th May 2016. Carrying the theme “Borobudur the Mandala of Enlightenment and Word Peace”, the conference will feature a number of notable guest speakers, namely: Geshe Tenzin Zopa (A Nepalese Tibetan Buddhist. Foundation for The Preservation of The Mahayana Tradition – FPMT Touring Teacher Geshe), Bhikkhu Sri Pannyavaro Mahathera (Head of Vihara Mendut, Magelang Central Java), Bhiksu Bhadraruci Sthavira (General Secretary of The Great Conference of Indonesia Sangha & Abbot of Indonesia Ganden Syeydrup Nampar Gyelweiling Monastery), Prof Dr Noerhadi Magetsari (Professor of Archaeology from the University of Indonesia). Awaiting confirmation, the Minister of Tourism, Arief Yahya is also scheduled to attend as keynote speaker. On this occasion, the management of Borobudur, Prambanan, and Ratu Boko Palace also invite those who wish to have the full experience of the Vesak ceremony for the Pre-Vesak event 2016 “PILGRIMAGE TOUR” on 20th May 2016. Starting with a sunrise prayer at the Borobudur Temple led by Bhikkhu Sri Pannyavaro Mahathera (Head of Mendut Buddhist Monastery), the pilgrimage will continue to the Mendut Temple, the Sewu Temple, Plaosan Temple, and Kalasan Temple. For more Information log on to : http://borobudurpark.com/ and www.walubi.or.id
Yogyakarta, together with its twin city Surakarta (Solo), is the cradle of civilization on Java. This city was the seat of power that produced the magnificent temples of Borobudur and Prambanan in the 8th and 9th century and the new powerful Mataram kingdom of the 16th and 17th century. Yogyakarta is known as Neverending Asia for its endless attractions and appeal. This city is one of the foremost cultural centers of Indonesia. From climbing the magnificent Borobudur temple, visiting the Keraton (Sultan’s Palace), to watching silversmiths produce amazing jewelries at Kotagede, to shopping up a storm at Malioboro road, you’ll never be bored in this relatively small yet bustling city. From natural wonders, local art and traditions, examples of Javanese heritage to delicious culinary delights, Yogyakarta is a city with numerous attractions. This is why Yogyakarta is the second most visited destination in Indonesia after Bali. Get There There are numerous daily flights from Jakarta, Surabaya and Bali to Yogyakarta. Yogyakarta is also served by AirAsia from Kuala Lumpur. There is a regular train service between Yogyakarta and other major cities. Yogyakarta is also easily accessible by road. Once you arrive, there are a number of ways you can explore Yogyakarta. Walking is a great way to take in the sights and meet the locals though it can get hot by the middle of the day. Embrace the local mode of transport and try a becak, traditional three wheeled pedal powered cart. Remember to negotiate the price before you start on your journey. Traditional horse drawn carts known as andong can be found in the tourist areas of Yogyakarta. These are a relaxed and romantic way to take in the sights. You may wish to organise a car and driver for the duration of your stay in Yogyakarta. If you know how to ride a motorbike you can hire one in the city. Taxi's are available and can be arranged through your hotel. Buses are the major form of public transportation here however their hours of operation can be limited. If you take a bus beware of pickpockets.
Over 30,0000 people swarmed into the city center of Yogyakarta, in the heart of Java on Sunday, 5th February, to be a part of the opening of Yogyakarta’s Chinese Cultural Week Festival 2017, held in conjunction with Lunar New Year 2017. Festivities this year will continue for a full week. This year’s opening ceremony truly mesmerized the public with its many amazing attractions. Deputy for Domestic Tourism Market Development from the Ministry of Tourism, Mrs. Esthy Reko Astuti, described the scene as follows: “the streets surrounding the Alun Alun of Yogya and on to Jalan Malioboro was completely packed and jammed with excited people who lined up to catch a glimpse of the spectacular Opening Night”. Everyone was eager to marvel at the so called “Asia’s Longest Dragons Parade” that was the highlight of the show. The public and state officials all gathered to support this amazing cultural exhibition , showing high craftsmanship and harmony in the spirit of Indonesia’s motto: Unity in Diversity. The parade of the dragons stretched an awesome 159.5 meters, all dragons carried by hundreds of art performers who moved their dragons to dance most elegantly. Mrs. Esthy added that “this year has been the most astonishing show ever put together for the event, and has attracted innumerable local and international tourists.“ The parade was opened by the Hoo Hap Hwee group carrying huge and long dragons, followed by the Singa Mataram dragons and the Isakuiki (Javanese word meaning “this is what I can do”) dragons. Aside from the hypnotizing dancing dragon show, people were pampered with 134 local culinary stalls. Chinese Traditional Houses complete with original interior and furniture were also displayed to the public. Music and other art performances from all around Yogyakarta were also shown on the main stage to anchor the excited crowds all the way from the Alun Alun in front of the Sultan’s Royal Palace to Malioboro street. Separately, Chairman of Yogyakarta Chinese Cultural Week 2017, Tri Kirana Muslidatun explained that “ the committee has consistently tried hard to keep the quality of this event and to make this better and bigger than the last. The number of enthusiastic performers enrolling to participate spiked high this year, and even forced us to limit the list. This year’s Festival is indeed extraordinary and amazing!” Meanwhile, Chief of Cultural Tourism from The Ministry of Tourism, Wawan Gunawan who is himself an artist and shadow puppeteer, had also shown his unique skills for a special audience in the State Palace in 2016. He excitedly shared his documentation of this spectacular event through social media for the whole world to see, saying: “ Yogyakarta is truly an iconic city of diverse cultures and we are determined to preserve them all. The President has given us the target to reach 2 million international tourists and 5 million domestic tourists in 2019. Looking at this impressive show, I can confidently say, that Yogyakarta is ready to make it happen. This year Yogya has extended the Chinese Cultural Festival from 5 days to 7 days, - a full week filled with great events! We are also are embracing more and more cultural communities to join in. Indonesia’s Minister of Tourism, Arief Yahya highly commended the Yogyakarta Chinese Cultural Week 2017 and wished them more success ahead. He eagerly said: “The city of Yogyakarta has excellently displayed its charms as a culture beacon ready to welcome tourists through its rich cultural diversity. The more we are able to create incredible events, accompanied by good promotional packaging, the better it will be for us to invite the world to come and visit Wonderful Indonesia!"
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