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Joko Dolog

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Joko Dolog is an easy to miss but significant Buddhist antiquity secluded among food carts and traffic in a corner of Surabaya.

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Beyond a couple of large shady banyan trees, a statue lined path leads to a large cross-legged seated Buddha-like sculpture, some 1.7 metres tall, sheltered by a pavilion. According to the Sanskrit inscription it dates from 1289.

An inscription at the base of the statue. Photo taken in or around Joko Dolog, Surabaya, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

An inscription at the base of the statue. Photo: Sally Arnold

The statute, whose local name translates to “fat boy” was transported to Surabaya in 1817 from the 14th century Majapahit capital of Trowulan, 60 kilometres southeast of Surabaya, possibly with view to transport it ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 300 words.)

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