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Authors: John N. Miksic, Jan Fontein, Timbul Haryono, Noerhadi Magetsari and Idham Bachtiar Setiadi
Published in 2010 for Taman Wisata Candi Borobudur, Prambanan & Ratu Boko

Size: 290 x 260 mm
Pages: 272 pp
ISBN: 978-602-98279-0-3
Price: US$ 49.95


Borobudur, one of the world’s greatest Buddhist monuments, stands in one of Indonesia’s most impressive natural settings: a fertile, volcano-rimmed valley on the island of Java. Borobudur is an integral part of the Indonesian identity, and is increasingly prominent in the world’s conception of the heights of human achievement. This monument has become the most visited tourist attraction in Indonesia, welcoming thousands of visitors and pilgrims from all over the world every year.

Entering the 21st century, Borobudur still emanates a unique combination of charm and mystery. This book might not be the first to detail the story of Borobudur’s 1,460 reliefs, but it provides an explanation integrating the monument’s architectural and sculptural elements and their hidden meanings found in no previous books. It combines this discussion with depictions revealing the lives of the people who built it and those who live in harmony with it today. Additionally, the wide variety of local and international artists of the last two centuries who have drawn inspiration from this UNESCO World Heritage Site are commemorated through their paintings, sketches, and drawings in this book.

This book was written by scholars who have dedicated many years to study this monument, complete with beautiful photographs as well as historic illustrations from various international institutions. Together they invite readers to experience the majesty and mystery of Borobudur from a multiplicity of perspectives. This volume will bring a continuous pleasure to those who treasure the greatest historical monuments of the world.