Architecture: Beleaguered Borobudur

Some have hailed it as the eighth wonder of the world, others as the rival to Angkor Wat. That may be slightly hyperbolic, but everyone who has made the pilgrimage to Indonesia's temple of Borobudur, just outside Jogjakarta, ranks the soaring pyramidal shrine as one of the world's most magnificent examples of Buddhist architecture. Virtually untouched by tourism, the massive monument rises symmetrically from the serene green plains of central Java.

Like most Buddhist shrines, Borobudur's architecture (see color opposite and overleaf) is symbolic. Rising in stepped terraces, signifying the ten stages...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!