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Wow the last few days have just been filled with so many wonderful sites and experiences.
We stayed in the city of Yogyakarta from there we went to the Borobudur. It was an amazing Buddhist temple; it is also a UNESCO world heritage site. It is said to be the largest and most complete ensemble of Buddhist beliefs in the world and the oldest in South East Asia (1). Every wall has a set of unique and very detailed carvings and each of these carvings tells a story (2).It is surrounded by amazing lush green lands. There is the entire story of Buddha carved into the walls. It was completely different from anything I have ever seen before; it was breath taking, the beauty and the detail of everything.

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Take a look at more pictures of this amazing temple
http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/592/gallery/

We went from experiencing the Buddhist religion to experiencing the Hindu religion when we went to see the Prambanan Temples. The complex is made up of 8 main shrines, and 250+ surrounding smaller shrines. The three main shrines are called Trisakti and each one is dedicated to its own god: Shiva, the Destroyer, Vishnu the Keeper and Brahma the Creator. We were there just as the temple was closing and we found out that just out side the complex there was to be a traditional dance taken from something called Ramayana. It was soo cool to see the natives performing something that is soo important to for others from around the world as well as there own people. It was totally worth not getting back into town until really late.

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The city of Yogyakarta is very modern and full of all kinds of shopping. The city is known as one of the oldest cities in Indonesia and has many heritage buildings and monuments. We were able to pick some of the more traditional souvenirs such as shirts, postcards etc and more traditional hand made crafts,Batik cloths, and bowls. The city also has great museums and an amazing Palace.Sultan Palace was built in 1775 by Pangeran Mangkubu mi, the son of the Prince at that time. The palace was built in the elegant Japanese architecture and each part of the palace has its own name. It also is the current place in which the Sultan still resides.

Ok it is getting late and I am getting tired but one more thing before I go, if you ever go here you have got to catch a becak which is like a rickshaw and can be pulled by either a bike or person,to transport yourself around the city. They are everywhere and absolutely everyone uses them. It was great fun.

Posted by Jakarta007 07:04 Archived in Indonesia Tagged tourist_sites

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