The Hindu publishes a travel piece on Yogjakarta, the cultural capital of Java, which is also a good starting base for visiting the archaeologicaql sites of Prambanan and Borobudur.
06 September 2007 (Reuters) – If you think Angkor falling victim to climate change was bad enough, today Reuters carries a story about how Borobudur is falling victim to the crazy weather as well. Reduce! Reuse! Recycle!
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Global warming threatens Indonesia’s Borobudur temple
By Sugita Katyal and Adhityani Arga
Like any historical monument, Indonesia’s magnificent Borobudur temple in central Java has suffered the ravages of time.
But now conservationists fear the world’s biggest Buddhist temple, topped with stupas and decorated with hundreds of reliefs depicting Buddhist thought and the life of Buddha, faces a new threat: climate change.
As global temperatures rise and rainfall patterns change, the dark stone temple, which dates from the 9th century, could deteriorate faster than normal, Marsis Sutopo, head of the Borobudur Heritage Conservation Institute, told Reuters.
21 April 2007 (Antara) – The greatest Buddhist monument on the face of the earth becomes the subject of a visual art exhibition to held in Jogjakarta from April 20 to May 9.
Indonesia, Unesco hold expo on Borobudur temple
Indonesia`s Cultural and Tourism Ministry and The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) organized a visual art exhibition entitled `The Thousand Mysteries of Borobudur` in Yogyakarta.
“This expo marks the revival of Borobudur through visual art performances from various works of arts,” Jogja Gallery Curator Mikke Susanto said when opening the exhibition at the Jogja Gallery, here late Friday.
The expo displays various paintings, statues, graphics, photography, and videos depicting the Borobudur Temple.
Visitors of the exhibition could get a picture about the Borobudur Temple in the past, before and after the restoration.
The exhibition will last from April 20 to May 9, 2007, at the Jogja Gallery, Yogyakarta northern square.
– The Restoration of Borobudur (World Heritage Series)
– The Lost Temple of Java (History/Journey’s Into the Past) by P. Grabsky
– The Mysteries of Borobudur: Discover Indonesia Series by J. N. Miksic
– Borobudur by L. Frederic and J. Nou
– Borobudur: Golden Tales of the Buddhas (Periplus Travel Guides) by J. Miksic
9 June 2006 (Jakarta Post) – Report on the damage cause by the earthquake at the Prambanan temple.
A lesson from Bandung Bondowoso
Sojiwan Temple, also located in the part of the Prambanan compound that belongs to Central Java province, is in an even worse condition. The body of the temple, which was actually undergoing reconstruction, has collapsed.
“In fact, the temple stones had been collected since 1950 and the renovation of the temple had been going on since 1992,” said Guritno of the Central Java Center for Archaeological Conservation and Heritage (BP3).It is really tragic because within just 57 seconds all these historical buildings were brought to the verge of collapse and may well vanish into the abyss of history if nothing is done to fix the damage.
31 May 2006 (Antara News) –
UNESCO offers help on quake-hit heritage sites
UNESCO, the UN’s culture and science organisation, offered Tuesday to help assess and repair damage caused to World Heritage Sites in Indonesia by an earthquake that left nearly 6,000 dead.
The island of Java is home to three of the seven UNSECO heritage sites located in Indonesia.
28 May 2006 (Jakarta Post) –
Quake takes toll on historical sites
Archaeologists surveying the Prambanan Temple complex in Yogyakarta hours after Saturday’s devastating earthquake found extensive damage to the ancient site.
Stone blocks and statues lay scattered about the ground; decades of patient restoration work undone in less than a minute.
“Our initial survey of the site found wreckage at the Siwa, Wisnu and Brahma temples, as well as at several minor temples,” Yogyakarta Archaeological Conservation Agency head Agus Waluyo told The Jakarta Post on Saturday.