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2013 - Java, Indonesia (Part 2 - Yogjakarta & Borobudur)

To Indonesia's premier tourist destination and one of the finest temples in the world.

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Tuesday 16 July
This was a day in Yogjakarta, visiting the kraton, or Sultan's palace and the main shopping area. The kraton was kind of interesting and does not take very long to wander around it. The afternoon was spent wandering up and down Malioboro, the main shopping street. It is filled with stalls, shops and a couple of large markets selling everything imaginable. Beers and dinner in the Janur bar again.

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One of the Sultan's many buggies.

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The kraton.

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The entrance to the kraton.

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More of the kraton.

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The gamelan gongs in the kraton.

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The entrance to the kraton.

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A becak driver.

Wednesday 17 July
An early start for the trip out to Borobudur. We were at the gate by 6:00am in time to see the sun rising up over the jungle that surrounds the temple complex. It also meant there were fewer tourists around spoiling the view. It costs $US20 to enter so it is not cheap although that does get you free water and coffee at the entrance gate. There are great views over the countryside as it is on a bit of hill. Breakfast was at one of the many small places outside.

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The surrounding parkland.

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The first view of the temple.

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The main pathway up to the temple.

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Sunrise at Borobudur.

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The mist lifts over the surrounding countryside.

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The fields below the temple and the restaurant.

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The southern entrance.

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One of the many temple guards.

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Sunrise over the jungle.

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Relief carvings on the temple.

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A statue of Buddha looking out over the temple.

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More jungle around the temple.

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The sun is finally up.

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Stupa and clouds.

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The outer wall of the top level.

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Tourists trying to get the perfect shot.

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The most photographed Buddha statue on the temple.

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More stupa (stupas? stupae?)

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The view back down the eastern entrance.

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A stupa and one of the many volcanoes in Java.

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I think it is Mt Merapi.

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One of the 432 statues of Buddha on the temple.]

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The eastern side.

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The eastern side.

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Through the trees.

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You want photo?

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Shows how large it actually.

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The final view from amongst the trees.

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You want a hat?

We were back in town by 10:00 ish. A relaxing afternoon, followed by beers and dinner at my usual haunt.
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