Borobudur and Yogyakarta are two names that have made us dream for years. We absolutely wanted to visit them which has been done since November 2019.

 

translation of comments in the film: minute 01:53: Borobudur and its stupas are in reality a single large stupa. Seen from above, the site is also in the form of a giant vajrayana mandala representing both Buddhist cosmology and the nature of the soul. Its base is a square approximately 118 meters in length. It has nine platforms, the first six square and the top three circular. The top platform has a large stupa in its center surrounded by seventy-two other small ones. The stupas are in the form of bells and pierced with numerous decorative openings. Sitting Buddha statues can be seen through the openings.

About the 2 places in this film

 

Yogyakarta is the capital of Yogyakarta Special Region on Java Island in Indonesia. The region owes its special status to the attuitude of the Sultan of Yogyakarta during the war of independence.

The city is renowned for the finesse of its artistic productions, whether dance, batik, literature, music, goldsmith's work or even poetry.

Its population is just over 420,000 inhabitants.

 

Borobodur Temple, the largest Buddhist temple in the world, was built in the 9th century. It is made up of 9 trays, 6 of which are square-shaped and the upper 3 are circular-shaped surmounted by a central dome. The decoration consists of 2,672 bas-reliefs and 504 statues of Buddha. The central dome is surrounded by 72 statues of Buddha seated in stupas with perforations.

 

 

Music: 

 (Java)  - Flute and Gamelan of West Java - Jipang (Melody for the Beginning of a Festival), Tangent Records (TGS 137)

 (Java)  - Flute and Gamelan of West Java - Mupu Kembang (Collecting Flowers), Tangent Records (TGS 137)

 (Java)  - Musiques populaires d'Indonésie - Pentja, Ocora (OCR 46)

 (Java)  - Music from Sunda - West Java - Tari Topeng, Philips (6586 031)

 

Borobodur and Yogyakarta, Jave. Indonesia.