Mist and mysticism in Borobudur
Photography by Jérôme Galland
Words by Xerxes Cook
Having visited the tropical island twice previously, the photographer Jérôme Galland is all too aware of Java’s riches. On our first morning together at Amanjiwo, he suggests we climb through the mist of the Menoreh Hills that shoulder the resort to get a vantage point over the Kedu Plain below. Thought to contain over 2,000 temples dating back to the eighth and ninth centuries, belonging to both Buddhism and Hinduism, and sometimes within the same structure, the Kedu Plain is known colloquially as the ‘Gateway of the Gods’.