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Headless Buddha statues at Borobudur, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Headless Buddha statues at Borobudur, Indonesia

Headless Buddha statues at Borobudur, Indonesia

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  1. Great photo – we were at Borobudur a few days ago, but didn’t capture a shot like this sadly!

    mila, I’d love to hear why you give a recommendation for the Royal Palace in Yogyakarta over Borobudur? I’m afraid to say we thought it the single worse tourist attraction of our 9 month trip to date (basically a mildly ornate pavilion) – did we miss something?!

  2. mila says:

    You should have go to the Prambanan temple and Jogjakarta Palace. The king and family still lives in the palace and still govern Jogjakarta. There's also Tawangmangu Fountain near by Jogjakarta, beautiful scene.

  3. MikeC says:

    This is one of the cooler pics posted here. I like it a lot. Though knowing about them would be good too.

  4. Vinayak says:

    What the story behind the headless buddhas ?

    • Gary Arndt says:

      I'm not certain. I think it is one of two things: 1) they were desecrated when Islam spread across Java in the 15th Century. 2) souvenir hunters took them for sale.

      • Feureau says:

        It's Number Two.
        The Borobudur was a ruin, it was bombed during the occupation, and used to store gunpowder (which blew up) during the struggle for independence.
        The UN took action and fixed it in 1985, but not until hunters took off the heads for sale. It was easier than having to steal the entire statue.

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