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The largest Buddhist temple in the world, on the island of Java in Indonesia.


1000 AD[]

Borobudur may have been covered in volcanic ash and abandoned about this time.

Earlier History[]

  • It is estimated that the temple was constructed around 800 AD, during the time of the Mataram kingdom in central Java when it was under the influence of the Srivijayan Empire.

Later History[]

  • There is a popular belief that the temple was abandoned when the population converted to Islam in the late 15th Century.
  • In the 18th Century, there were legends saying that the temple was bad luck.
  • It was rediscovered in 1814 by a British governor, and layers of ash and foliage.
  • In 1896, King Chulalongkom of Siam visited Java and took sculptures taken from Borobudur.
  • In 1900, Dutch East Indian company started taking steps to safeguard the monument.
  • Borobudur was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991.

Modern History[]


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