A couple days ago we were in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. I have always wanted to go to Indonesia. Even more so after I did a country study on it. In this post, I’m going to write about two temples that I saw there: Prambanan and Borobudor. I’m also going to talk a bit about an active Volcano called Mount Merapi that we saw the same day.
The first temple we saw was Borobudor temple. This temple is the biggest Buddhist temple in the world. People still worship in and around this temple. The temple itself has lots of carvings everywhere. Because people couldn’t read back when the temple was built, they used carvings to express feelings and tell stories. I found the carvings very detailed and had many hours put into making them. They were more amazing then any carvings I’ve ever seen. They have carvings of food, people, animals, buildings and much more.
There were about five levels to the temple Borobudor. Three of them had carvings telling stories and the other two had Buddhas in these little stone house like things. You couldn’t go inside, but you could see the Buddhas through the openings. In the centre top of the temple, there is a big cone shaped building. Well, it’s not really a building because it is solid all the way through.
While we were on the top of the temple we ran into a bunch of 17 year old girls. All of them wanted to take pictures with us so we took a bit longer than expected. The pictures looked kinda funny for two reasons. One, we had to wear sarongs to go into the temple so we looked kind of silly. Two, I was the same height as all of them and I am only 11. Some of them even came up to me later and asked which class I was taking in University!
Next we went to Mount Merapi. Mount Merapi is the most active volcano in all of Indonesia. It erupts every 4 years on average. The word Merapi translated to english is Fire, so Mount Merapi means Mount of Fire.
We didn’t actually hike to the top of the volcano but we did go to the lookout point. I found the lookout point an amazing view of the volcano even though it was a cloudy day. The view of the surrounding countryside was almost more amazing, it was a breath-taking sight.
Last, but not least, we went to Prambanan. This temple complex is a collection of Hindu temples. It is still used for worshiping their gods.
After we got there, we met a couple girls who were learning to be tour guide. They wanted to give us a tour for free so they could practice. We said sure.
In Prambanan there are different temples for the different gods they worship. In the main temple area they worship three major gods. Each one rides a different animal. In the main temple square, there is one temple for each god and one for each of their animals. The three gods they worship are Vishnu (rides Garuda, a bird-like creature), Brahma (rides Hamsa, a bird) and Shiva (rides Nandi, a bull).
We went inside all the temples. All of them have different carvings. People know what some carvings mean, but most are a mystery. I found the structure of the temple very different from Borobudor. At Prambanan they are skinny and tall where it Borobudor they are wide and tall. We also had to wear sarongs in Prambanan, just like at Borodudor.
I had a great time looking at all the temples showing Indonesia’s history. I think I’m going to have a great time in the rest of Indonesia.