Borobudur to be marketed as a Buddhist pilgrimage site

Borobudur. Source: Tempo 20151004

Am Indonesian Minister has said that he wants to turn the 7th century Javanese monument into a Buddhist pilgrimage site.

Borobudur. Source: Tempo 20151004
Borobudur. Source: Tempo 20151004

Borobudur Planned to be Mecca for Buddhists
Tempo, 04 October 2015

Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Rizal Ramli said that he would make the Borobudur Temple in Magelang, Central Java, to become the main tour destination for Buddhists from around the world.

“We want Borobudur to become the Mecca for Buddhists. Just like Muslims, they always want to go on hajj pilgrimage before they die,” Rizal said when opening an event called Tribute to Batik in Jakarta on Saturday, October 3, 2015.

Rizal, who was the former coordinating economic minister during President Abdurrahman Wahid’s era, claimed that the Borobudur temple was more beautiful than the Angkor Vat in Cambodia. Therefore, Rizal said that the Borobudur Temple must become a religious tour destination for Buddhists.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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