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3,600+ high-definition creative commons photographs presented here are from the Indonesian collections, on the linked pages you will find many photographs, also wherever possible I have added in relevant historical information, videos, maps and diagrams.


National Museum in Jakarta (166)
A fine collection of Buddhist and Hindu statuary

1: Borobudur and Surroundings

(1200+ photographs and 2 videos)

A Section of the Monument
A Section of the Monument

Memorable Characters from Borobudur (98)
A Selection from the Collections

13: The Buddha Statues and Chaityas (80 + Video)
Buddha Statues in Various Mudras and the famous Chaityas

12: The Bhadracari Reliefs on Level 4, Inner Wall (72)
The Aspiration for the Good Life

11: The Gandavyuha Reliefs on Level 4, Balustrade (152)
Maitreya, Mañjuśrī and Samantabhadra

10: The Gandavyuha Reliefs on Level 3, Balustrade (157)
Maitreya’s Good Deeds

9: The Gandavyuha Reliefs on Level 3, Inner Wall (88)
Maitreya reveals the Dharmadhātu

8: The Gandavyuha Reliefs on Level 2, Inner Wall (128)
Meetings with Spiritual Friends

7: The Jataka and Avadana Reliefs on Level 2, Balustrade (47)
More stories from the Jātakas and Avadānas

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Lalitavistara Cover

6: Lalitavistara (Life of the Buddha) Storyboard (400) (3rd set)
Birth, Youth and Awakening of the Buddha

6: Lalitavistara (Life of the Buddha) Storyboard (355) (2nd set)
Birth, Youth and Awakening of the Buddha

6: Lalitavistara (Life of the Buddha) Level 1, Inner Wall (159) (1st set)
Birth, Youth and Awakening of the Buddha

5: The Divyavadana (Divine Traditions) Storyboard (368) (2nd set)
Stories from the Divyāvadāna and Elsewhere

5: The Divyavadana Reliefs on Level 1, Inner Wall (170) (1st set)
Stories from the Divyāvadāna and Elsewhere

4: The Jataka Reliefs on Level 1, Balustrade, Top (372)
Jātakamāla and Other Jātaka Stories

3: The Jataka Reliefs on Level 1, Balustrade, Bottom (151)
Jātaka Stories

2: Buddhas and Bodhisattvas on Level 1, Outer Balustrade (150)
Four Dhyāni Buddhas

2: The Lokapala Reliefs on Level 1, Outer Balustrade (Selection) (18)
The World Protectors

1: The Karmavibhanga Reliefs on Ground Level (160)
Stories of Deeds and their Results

1: The Karmavibhanga Reliefs (11)
The Reliefs still Exposed at the S. E. Corner


Nearby Temples

The Ancient Pavon Temple (22)
Small Temple on the Pilgrimage Route to Borobudur

Candi Ngawen (18)
Temple on the Lay Line from Borobudur

The Ancient Mendut Vihara (78)
Important Temple on the Pilgrimage Route to Borobudur

The Modern Mendut Vihara (29)
Modern Temple near an Ancient Pilgrimage Site


2: The Prambanan Plain

Trimurti Temple Complex at Prambanan (132)
Large Hindu Site with many Temples

Ratu Boko Complex at Prambanan (56)
Ancient Monastery cum Palace Site


Buddhist Temples around Prambanan:

Candi Sewu (64)
Largest Buddhist Site outside Borobudur

Candi Plaosan (23)
Ancient Site on the Prambanan Plains

Candi Sari (13)
Three-Story Buddhist Temple

Candi Kalasan (11)
Small Temple with Fine Carvings


3: The Dieng Plateau

Candi Pringapus (20)
Remote Hindu Temple on the way to Dieng

Dieng Plateau (24)
A Beautiful Plateau with Ancient Hindu Temples


4: West Java

Batujaya Sites, Candi Jiwa, Cando Blandongan (42)
Two of the very few Candi sites excavated in West Java

Chinese Temples in Jakarta (40)
a few small Chinese Temples, including one that had burnt down

Chandra Naya, Jakarta (36)
a Chinese traditional house surrounded by malls and skyscrapers


5: East Java

Singhasari Temples

Pasuruan District (44)
Remains from the Kediri and Singhasari Kingdoms
Candi Jawi, Gunung Gangsir and Candi Belahan

Malang District (81 + 3x 360°)
Remains from the Singhasari Kingdom
Candis Kidal, Singosari, Badut, Sumberawan, Songgoriti,
and statues of Ken Dedes and King Kertanagara

Candi Jago (121 + 3x 360°)
Śiva-Buddha Temple with Fine Reliefs from the Singhasari Kingdom

Majapahit Temples

Candis and Sites around Trowulan (78 + 5x 360°)
Candis Brahu, Bajang Ratu, Wingin Lawang, Tikus,
Museum Mojopahit and various Archaeological Sites

Tombs around Trowulan (61)
Tombs and Memorial Sites of King Raden Wijaya, Queen Tungga Dewi,
King Hayum Wuruk, Queen Putri Cempo and others

Candis from the Blitar-Tulungagung Districts (38)
Candis Sanggrahan, Boyolangu (Gayatri Statue), Simping and Plumbangan

Candi Penataran (264)
The largest Hindu Temple in East Java, with many fine Reliefs

Penataran Museum (42)
Artefacts from various sites around Penataran and Blitar

Modern Temples

Maha Vihara Mojopahit, Trowulan (77)
A modern Buddhayana Temple, encompassing three traditions.

Pura Majapahit, Trowulan (61)
A modern Hindu Temple, built around some ancient candis.


6: Sumatra

Muara Takus, Riau Province (21 + 3x 360°)
Remains from this Melayu Kingdom site

Muara Jambi, Jambi Province (142 + 11x 360°)
One of the largest historical sites in SE Asia

Tri Ratna Buddhist Centre, Pekanbaru (59)
A Fine Modern Collection of Statues and Paintings



My main acknowledgement these days goes to the Ehipassiko Foundation in Jakarta for organising the last few photo shoots in Indonesia. They have done everything possible to enable the trips, and to make sure that I was able to concentrate on the photography.

I am very grateful indeed to Bhante Sri Pannyavaro Mahathero at the Modern Mendut Vihara whose hospitality and kindness helped us gain access to the Borobudur momument and for much other help.

I am also greatly indebted to my good friends Leslie Shaw, Colin Low and Choon Aun Ng who acted as helpers on the various trips I made in 2009 and 2013 and who made many contributions to the success of this project.


Borobudur Mandala

Seen from above the Borobudur Monument
is in the shape of a Mandala or Yantra


Photographs by Anandajoti Bhikkhu

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