07/05/2012 - 07/05/2012
At Borobodur for an amazing sunrise, inspiringly beautiful and peacefully free of the crowds and tour groups that comb the temple most of the day. We took the advice of Manohara hotel staff and skipped the “sunrise tour.” We were at through the gate at 5:50 AM and on top of the ruins by 6.
We turned around at the top of the temple after the climb and saw this:
There are thousands of reliefs surrounding each layer of the temple. Each level represents another step toward enlightenment. The detail and beauty of the artistry is on the level of Anghor Watt. Pilgrims do a 5 km circumnavigation of these reliefs before arriving at the top.