The temple was huge. We had to climb about ten stories up just to reach the top tier of Borobudur, where all of the bell shaped structures are. We decided to head straight up and work our way down. Borobudur is a Buddhist temple and on each tier is a different set of Buddha statues in different mudras or arm positions, all situated by direction, pointing North, South, East or West. Each tier represents human life at different levels until it reaches nirvana, the top tier.
We visited really early in the morning, so the whole temple was shrouded in fog. It was cool but really humid, so we worked up quite the sweat just walking around. At one point, my friend John and I got separated because a group of students kept stopping tourists in order to practice their English with. I was stopped by a group of three, two girls and one boy, Nevy, Ratih and Evan respectively. They asked me questions about my country and such, but I’m a horrible conversationalist, so I didn’t stay talking to them as long as John did. I wanted to see the rest of the temple before we had to be back at the bus.
Mendut Monastery was beautiful. The grounds were very quiet and absolutely lovely. There was no one in the monastery expect the few of us who were looking around and taking photos. Upon entering you pass through these lovely intricate gates that enclose the grounds, and around a small obelisk, you come upon a wide walkway lined with lotus ponds on both sides. The walkway leads to the main shrine of Buddha. There are a few temple-type shrines in the monastery, but I didn’t explore those because this was an active monastery and I wasn’t sure if I was dressed properly and there wasn’t really anyone around to ask. So I just walked around and marveled at the beauty of monastery and all of the different shrines and sculptures.
The temple grounds was completely empty. We had the whole entire place for us to explore and it was quite amazing. When you enter the complex, you first come upon two gigantic Buddhas on each side of the walkway that leads towards the entrance of the main temple. Candi Sewu was probably my favorite temple, and I’m not going to lie, it was mainly because we got the explore it without the distraction of other people. Tourists with selfie sticks are just awful and they all have selfie sticks. I’ve never seen Tomb Raider, but this temple was very Tomb Raider…or very Indy. We walked into all of the really dark temple passages, which were super creepy since it was so dark, but it was very cool and I really enjoyed that we got to wander about without any interruption from other people. It was very nice.