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Borobudur temple at dawn.

On the last three circular uppermost terraces, 72 stupas circle the huge main stupa that crowns the top of the temple. The circular form represents the eternity without beginning and without end, a superlative, tranquil, and pure state of the formless world. There are no reliefs on the three circular terraces.

All but the largest central stupas on the upper levels contain a (more or less) life-sized statue of the Buddha kneeling, although many of these statues are missing or damaged.

Staying at the Manohara Hotel which is next to the temple will allow you access to the temple at 4.30am, with less tourist crowds than when the gate open at 6am. This really makes a big difference because when the crowds come in, you will have little opportunity in getting a shot like this with no one hovering around the stupas.

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  • Copyright: May Mah (mayjayne) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 376 W: 23 N: 1134] (7380)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2017-02-02
  • Categories: Ruins
  • Camera: Nikon D800E
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2017-02-10 6:06
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