We docked at Semarang in central Java. This is a port city for tours to the ancient Temple of Borobudur. This Buddhist temple is unique. To this day, it is an engineering mystery. How was it built without the use of modern technology or equipment? There are 10 massive stone terraces, each representing a different stage of enlightenment, topped by the Great Stupa. For more than a thousand years, it lay hidden under dense jungle vegetation. After UNESCO assisted in a large restoration project between 1975-1982, Borobudur became the most-visited site in all of Indonesia! We were there in 2010. However, our Captain, Jonathan Mercer, took a Borobudur tour on Wednesday and posted photos on his site. Just click the link to Captain, Who’s Driving and take a look!
Meanwhile, let me tell you about our visit, this year, to the Sam Po Kong Temple; the historical city of Ambarawa, once a major hub during the Dutch East Indies time period and today, home of the Antique Train Museum; and the Tlogo Agro Plantation where major export crops are grown.