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15th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Travel
lovers in the morning light (晨曦下的戀人)

Borobudur is considered one of the greatest Buddhist monuments in the world and one of the highlights of visiting it is getting up before dawn to climb it and watch the sunrise with lovers. Candi Borobudur’s design was conceived of by the poet, its overall plan is that of a three-dimensional mandala,consists of a series of open-air passageways that radiate around a central axis mundi (cosmic axis). Devotees circumambulate clockwise along walkways that gradually ascend to its uppermost level. At Borobudur, geometry, geomancy, and theology all instruct adherents toward the ultimate goal of enlightenment. Meticulously carved relief sculptures mediate a physical and spiritual journey that guides pilgrims progressively toward higher states of consciousness.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 02.2015
Date Uploaded: 10.2017
Photo Location: Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Camera: NIKON D600
Copyright: © Wong Tat Ming