Note: First post after a long holiday. We’ll talk a bit about one famous candi in Java.
Candi Borobudur now has an official Twitter account. The one with blue check on its profile. Many online news media wrote about this topic, apparently, without a further research regarding the location.
It’s in Magelang, Central Java. Not in Yogyakarta.
Every time someone says Candi Borobudur is in Yogya, one pokemon dies in Magelang. Let’s save the life of a pokemon. Share the correct detail.
Yogyakarta is a province on its own, despite its land being connected to Central Java. It’s a smaller province, with the city of Yogyakarta as the capital. Look at this map below. It’s about 44 km (some says 42) from Magelang to Yogyakarta. Half an hour by motorbike.
And there’s another temple called Candi Prambanan which sits elegantly on the boundary. Now, you may say this one candi is in Yogya and Magelang.
And how to differentiate the two? The tall, lanky, one is Prambanan. The fat one, sorry, I mean the curvy one, is Borobudur.
Most candis in Indonesia look like Prambanan. It’s just Borobudur whose model is based on a Hindu mandala formation. It’s said that the building was built to reflect the peaceful relationships between two religions: Hindu and Buddhist. Hence the Hindu mandala and Siddhartha statues. I think that’s the reason why we call their religion, in our local tongue, “Hindu-Buddha”. I couldn’t find any English equivalent for the phrase.
Fables and folklore depicted on the walls of Borobudur were from pagan tradition, since our ancestors were pagans. Don’t expect the tour guide to explain this part to you. Nobody talks about paganism here, for fear of being called heathens.
So it’s not a temple for a certain religion actually, and I doubted the monument was built to worship a certain character. But anyway, let’s thank Sir Thomas Raffles for his fruitful expedition.