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.
Many of the arts of Indonesia were generated from Central Java, the land of legends. Here great palaces and religious monuments from Hindu, Buddhist, and Islamic faiths were built. Legend has it that 2,000 temples once graced the plains of the Kedu Valley and its surrounding region. From Borobudur and Gedong Songo to Prambanan and the Dieng Plateau, many of the most ancient and important of Asia’s religious monuments and temples are on the plains and volcanic slopes of Central Java with easy access from Amanjiwo.
The 9th-century Unesco World Heritage Site of Borobudur is the world’s largest Buddhist temple and is amongst the most well-preserved, together with Angkor Wat. Borobudur can be reached with a pleasant 25-minute cycle, or five-minute drive from Amanjiwo. A dawn visit is highly recommended for witnessing the sunrise, giving guests ample time to learn the secret meanings of this masterpiece and bringing to life the knowledge contained within its reliefs.