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Javan Overview

sunny 30 °C

Java is a fascinating island. The enormous religious complexes of Borobudur and Prambanan near Yogyakarta are fascinating and it is very interesting to see how the Buddhist and Hindu religions co-existed in the past. This is part of the Prambanan Hindu complex...

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However, the followers of each religion attempted to outdo each other with their massive stone structures and intricate carvings. These carvings are at the Hindu Temple...

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Borobudur takes the prize today for being the biggest and most complete temple, (but only because most of Prambanan was knocked down by several earthquakes). This is Borobudur...

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Thousands of the carvings on the walls of the temple of Prambanan represent the Ramayana and Bhagavata. Our guide was able to explain each mural in excruciating detail for three hours under a scorching sun. Then, in the evening, we got to see a three hour, Indonesian, live performance of the Ramayana in excruciating detail.

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The whole experience is best described as ' excruciating'.

Indonesia is a land riven by earthquakes and erupting volcanoes and in 2006 a large fissure opened in the ground near Surabaya and millions of tons of liquid mud began pouring out. Over the years the mud has swallowed thousands of homes and businesses and has become a rather ugly tourist attraction...

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Note - in 2016 an oil company which was accused of precipitating the mud flow by drilling into a vast underground lake finally agreed to compensate the people whose lives had been ruined by the disaster.

We began this trip in Jakarta at one of the ancient royal residences with our Indonesian friends...

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Sheila carried on to Surabaya while James went to Yogyakarta for a bike ride,,,

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Then we met up in Surabaya and headed to Bali. A great time was had by all.

Posted by Hawkson 19:12 Archived in Indonesia

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