Borobudur is in the center of Indonesia's Java Island. Java as many know is formed by volcano and still has a few active ones. Actually, we were welcomed by a 6.3 degree earthquake centered at west Java. The Volcanoes gave the island enriched soils that seems can grow anything.
The highlight of this place is the Buddhist temple believe to be build in 800AD and is discovered by British surveyors in the early 1900s. Maintenance now is mostly funded by UNESCO now.
Have not heard of Borobudur before this trip and indeed, at the temple site, we did not see many foreign tourists, most are locals and young students. This temple is quite different from what we have seen before. A square base build up to a center tip. Almost like a Pyramids. Hundreds of Stupas each represents a lotus flower stand inside has a statue of Buddha. Many many beautiful carvings telling the familiar stories of Syakamuni. The carvings are very detailed with vivid expressions. Javanese think Angkor Wat's carving is a follow up of their arts.
The town is very quite, unspoiled. We can feel the local people's earthy nature and friendship from their hearts. They harvest tobaccos, rice, tropical fruits, makes rattans, potteries.... Seems that nature are kind to them too. It is a little Shangri-La.
Smoking volcano welcomes us.
Green green rich land.
Drying tobacco leafs.
Two early visitors. The temple is not open to public only to special reserved visitors.
walking through history.
Jeffrey being interviewed by local college students.
Students asking his autograph... Why?
The pool side set up is just outstanding.
Pilots invite Fred to photo with their airplanes before the flight to Bali. This is Citation jet, Owner, Steve and co-pilot, Gielln.
Okay, Fred is having fun with the French made "TBM". Owner Steve "W" painted a great shark face on the tip. You see, they are flying and having fun with their airplanes.