Destinations in Indonesia
Trail of Civilization
Budha Statue on BorobudurBorobudur, the great Buddhist stupa on Java (Indonesia), built and decorated perhaps before 800AD
Part of Statue at BorobudurBorobudur was rediscovered in the 19th century, rescued from the surrounding jungles, and today is a major Buddhist pilgrimage site.
Vesakh Festival At BorobudurMany Buddhists visit Borobudur during Waisak (the Buddhist day of enlightenment). On Waisak, hundreds of Buddhist monks from Indonesia and further afield begin at 2am to make a procession from nearby Candi Mendut, walking the 1.5 miles to Borobudur.
Ruins from BorobudurBorobudur is built on a stupendous scale - it couldn't be otherwise, as it is nothing less than a representation of the cosmos as Buddhist theology understands it.
Sunset Scenery at BorobudurOnce you enter Borobudur, you find yourself being led into an intricate cosmology immortalized in stone, which is a magnificent trip for amateur archaeologists, albeit one that will require an experienced guide to decipher.
Stupa of BorobudurThe monument is shaped like a mandala, forming a series of platforms - five square platforms below, four circular platforms above - riddled with a pathway that takes pilgrims through three levels of Buddhist cosmology
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In 2006, Indonesia hosted the first ‘Trail of Civilization’, a symposium aimed to foster co-operation and the preservation of cultural heritage between Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. These countries declared that their common heritage would be an important vehicle for further preserving and promoting their culture through cultural tourism.
This meeting resulted in the Borobudur declaration, a commitment by these nations to work together in preserving cultural heritage. By working in co-operation, it is envisaged that together, each country will be able to improve their ability to preserve and promote their related cultural heritage.
The highlight of the 2006 symposium was a special performance of the Mahakarya ballet featuring traditional Javanese dancing, music and costumes. In this special performance, dancers depicted the history of the construction of Borobudur temple.
Meetings between tourism Ministers from the Trail of Civilization countries took place again in 2008 and 2010.