Boraburdur, Java

Trip Start Nov 15, 2006
Trip End Jul 15, 2008

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Friday, March 2, 2007

Mar. 1, 2007 Thursday
Yogyakarta, Java
We took a day trip to see Boraburdur [GPS 07 36.478S 110 12.264E], one of the Seven Wonders of the World and a world heritage site.  Entrance fee Rp85,000.  It's a Buddhist temple from the 9th century.  It's very impressive and favorably compared to Ankar Wat in Cambodia.  From there we went to Prambanen [GPS 07 45.156S 110 29.259E], which was an elaborate Hindu complex, but now tottering and unsafe after an earthquake in May.  Entrance fee Rp85,000.  It was built about 50 years after Boraburdur to compete with the Buddhists.  There are three other Buddhist temples in the area in walking distance. We want to cram as much as we can into the few days we'll spend here so in the afternoon we took in a free puppet show.  It's free because they know that after you see the elaborate performance of the traditional puppet play you'll feel guilty and just have to buy some of the puppets the "students" have been working their hearts out on.  Or, you can buy some of the silver jewelry in the connected store.  We buy some of each.  After 9 PM the stores on Jalan Malioboro close up and the street vendors break down their stalls from the sidewalk.  When they all clear out food vendors spread grass mates and low tables on the sidewalks.  It's a rustic version of sidewalk cafes.  We went down and watched the whole process so that at about 10 PM Arvid could try the jack fruit and coconut curry, a regional specialty called gudeg.  Later that night we ended up with a group of workers from Save the Children International shooting pool and drinking Bintang beer until 2 AM out on Jalan By-Pass on the edge of town.
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