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Under the shadow of temperamental Gunung Merapi, one of Indonesia’s most active volcanoes, the ancient Buddhist monument Borobudur emerges majestically from the surrounding jungle and farmland.

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Comparable in importance and magnificence to the temples of Angkor in Cambodia and Machu Picchu in Peru, it’s truly one of the world’s great treasures and is an unmissable stop when you visit Central Java. Two smaller nearby temples, Mendut and Pawon might appear comparably insignificant, however they are both worth checking out when you are in the vicinity.

Serene... except for the crowds that come later. Photo taken in or around Borobudur, Yogyakarta, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

Serene... except for the crowds that come later. Photo: Sally Arnold

On first impressions, the rather squat grey mass of volcanic stone that makes up Borobudur may not seem as impressive as other towering structures—the temple has no chambers you can enter. Instead, the massive complex envelops a small hill, which when viewed from above follows the form of a ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 2,100 words.)

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