Borobudur is the largest Buddhist monument in southeast Asia. A Mahayana Buddhist site with the shape of a mandala, it is located near the city of Magelang in central Java. Borobudur consists of six square and three circular platforms, decorated by bas-reliefs totalling over a km in length (2672 panels) and 504 Buddha statues. The central stupa at the top of the monument is surrounded by 72 perforated stupas housing Buddha statues. The construction of Borobudur was completed in the 9th century, probably in 825 AD. Borobudur was abandoned at some point between the 11th and 15th centuries and rediscovered by Dutch archaeologists in the 19th century. The Borobudur temple compounds have been a UNESCO world heritage site since 1991.

01 Candi Mendut Buddhist temple 02 Panoramic view of Borobudur temple 03 Panoramic view of Borobudur temple 04 Staircase to the top
05 Facade with bas-reliefs 06 Stupas on upper level 07 Bell-shaped stupas on upper level 08 Stupas surrounding main stupa on highest level 09 Stupas surrounding main stupa on highest level
10 Stupas surrounding main stupa on highest level 11 Stupa detail 12 Corridor with walls and bas-reliefs 13 Corridor with walls and bas-reliefs 14 View of temple and mountains around Borobudur
15 Platform between stupa level and lower levels 16 Stupas on the upper level 17 Upper level stupas and terrace 18 Stupas on the upper level
19 Stupas on the upper level 20 aza 21 Stupas on the upper level 22 Stupas on the upper level
23 Stupas on the upper level 24 Upper level stupa 25 Facade with statue niches and bas-reliefs 26 Niche harbouring Buddha statue
27 Bas-reliefs 28 Bas-reliefs 29 Bas-reliefs 30 Bas-reliefs
31 Bas-reliefs
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