Today we are travelling to Borobudor, a majestic Buddhist site in the middle of Java. More than half of Indonesia’s entire population lives on the island of Java, where the capital city, Jakarta, is located. This sacred site was built in the 9th century.
Unfortunately, Borobudor was deserted in the beginning of the 11th century, due to a volatile political situation. Since its abandonment, it has been blanketed with volcanic ashes, time and time again, until it was rediscovered in the 19th century.
Borobudur was built from andesite, a kind of volcanic rock. According to Buddhist cosmology, this site represents the three sacred realms of life. The first is called Kamadhatu, which is the underground chamber, representing the world of mortals caught up in a whirlpool of lust. The second is called Rupadhatu, which is the square platform, representing the world in which humans can curb their lusts but still involved in a worldly state. The last is called Arupadhatu, which is located above the Rupadhatu. It consists of a concentric circular platform with a large stupa situated on its peak. This point represents the world in which men can become completely free from worldly desires. This is one of the reasons Borobudor is visited by tourists from all over the world.
After getting some historical knowledge from this World Heritage Site, we suggest you challenge your brain by playing one of our amazing detective games at The Escape Hunt Experience Jakarta!