Semarang, Java, Indonesia
Borobudur: Mystical Stone Temple: A UNESCO Partner Tour
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Approximately 9 Hours
UNESCO World Heritage Site
The 8th and 9th century Borobudur Temple Complexes in central Java comprise one of the greatest Buddhist monuments on earth. Inscribed in 1991, they consist of three temples, laid out in the design of a lotus flower, and ten terraces of statues, stupas and elaborate relief panels depicting Buddha's life and path to enlightenment. They were substantially reconstructed using original material in the 20th century.
Travel by coach to the inspiring temple of Borobudur -- one the most incredible sights in South East Asia. From Semarang to Borobudur, the 56-mile journey begins through the scenic panorama of the Candi residential district and continues through the highlands of the interior, framed by numerous volcanoes and dominated by the inspiring Gunung Merapi. Halfway through the trip, you'll stop at the Eva Café House for refreshments. Borobudur is unique among Buddhist temples, and the secrets of its creation, without the use of modern engineering and technology, remains a mystery even today. It was built by Buddhist Kings of the Sailendra Dynasty, possibly to enhance the image of Buddhism when Hinduism was growing in strength across the Indonesian archipelago. For more than 1,000 years, it lay hidden under dense jungle vegetation. According to historical accounts, it would appear that Borobudur may have been deserted soon after it was built, when the Sailenra Dynasty was overthrown by the Hindu Majapahit Empire in AD 850. Borobudur, the largest single monument in the Southern Hemisphere, was covered by jungle until its rediscovery in 1814 by Sir Stamford Raffles. Over the next century, the vegetation was cleared and the process of restoring the two million pieces of andesite stone began. Upon arrival at the temple today, take advantage of your guide's knowledge, or wander through the monument at your own pace. Borobudur has arguably the finest examples of Buddhist reliefs in the world, with each of the ten terraces symbolizing the path to Nirvana. At the top is the Great Stupa, which towers above the other 72 stupas and statues. The view from the top is beautiful and will remain with you as one of the highlights of your visit to Southeast Asia. Afterwards, enjoy a tasty Javanese buffet lunch, which will be served adjacent to the temple. The tour will include a brief stop on the return journey at a traditional Javanese handicrafts center, where local people produce various handicrafts such as silver jewelry, wood items and Wayang shadow puppets. Enjoy a brief demonstration of a Wayang shadow puppet show, accompanied by Mahabarata, an Indian Epic, before returning to the port.
As an extension of the Spa & Wellness with Dr. Andrew Weil, this Mindful Living tour is designed to deliver the experience that contributes to mind and body wellness. You are invited to visit the on-board spa to speak to the Mindful Living coach to learn more about Dr. Weil and our holistic wellness program.
Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and light clothing; bring a hat, sunscreen and insect repellent.