Located in Java, Asia, the Borobudur Temple Compounds is made up of three separate monuments and is a Buddhist place of worship that was built in the 8th and 9th centuries.

The Borobudur temple is the world’s biggest monument of Buddhism and sits up on top of a hill surrounded by volcanoes and greenery. Built similar to a step pyramid, the Borobudur Temple has over 500 statues of Buddha around it.

Close to 3,000 sculptures line the lower terraces depicting ideas and truths from Buddha. Buddhists would make pilgrimages here for many years up until the 15th century, and today many are going there again.

During the 1500’s, the site was abandoned and forgotten until the early 19th century, when an explorer excavated it.

WHY SPECIAL

3 sites in this World Heritage

  • Borobudur Temple
  • Mendut Temple
  • Pawon Temple

Borobudur Temple

Mendut Temple

Pawon Temple

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DATA

Region
Asia and the Pacific
Country
Indonesia 
Category
Cultural
Name
Borobudur Temple Compounds
Selection Criteria (?)
(i)(ii)(vi)
Year of Registered
1991
Keyword
Buddhism, Registered in 1991, Temple