Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Why Travel Tuesday: Mendut Temple

(Every Tuesday, I will be featuring a photograph from a place I have gone to, a photograph which I believe will inspire others to go out and see the world for themselves. For this week, Why Travel Tuesday features a small but nonetheless enchanting ancient Buddhist monument: Mendut Temple.)

Mendut Temple, Magelang, Indonesia
Mendut Temple, an ancient Buddhist monument in Central Java, Indonesia

Mendut Temple is an ancient Buddhist temple located in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. Built in the ninth century, it is one of the six temples constructed in the historic Kedu Plain, a cradle of civilization on Java Island. Mendut Temple is directly aligned with Borobudur and Pawon, both located a few of kilometers to the west. Historians have yet to discover the ancient ritual that explains this alignment. That, to me, was quite intriguing. I hope they discover the answer to this enigma in my lifetime.

Which enigmatic ancient temples in Southeast Asia do you find particularly enchanting? Aside from this, it's Bayon Temple in Cambodia for me. You?

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