A hidden jewel at Java’s centre Amanjiwo rests in the shadows of the largest Buddhist temple complex in the world, Borobudur, which reopens to visitors from 1 March 2023.
Amanyangyun is the culmination of an ambitious feat of architectural and ecological conservation that has in turn created unimaginable new beginnings.
Help was at hand, however, in the form of a Shanghai philanthropist. A Fuzhou native, the philanthropist was determined to prevent the destruction of these important fragments of Chinese history. He conceived a bold plan to relocate 50 Ming- and Qing-dynasty villas and ultimately ten thousand of the trees to Shanghai.
The plan was monumental and at times dangerous - but perseverance prevailed. As the trees began to flourish in their new home, the centuries-old villas were being given new life as they were carefully reassembled, brick by ancient brick. In 2009, Aman began collaborating on a sensitive restoration project, and the future of these historic marvels was secured.