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11 June 2019

A Thousand Lights Above Borobudur

The holiest day in the Buddhist calendar is the Vesak festival; a time when people all over the world commemorate the birth, enlightenment and death of the Buddha. The largest Buddhist monument in the world is the perfect place to mark this occasion, and at Borobudur in Central Java, the annual festivities do not disappoint. Every year, the monument’s 504 statues, 2,672 relief panels and many ornate stupas are illuminated by the glow of a thousand lanterns released by monks and pilgrims, and one of Indonesia’s most popular tourism sites becomes a setting of great beauty, peace and appreciation. This year’s Vesak Day is scheduled for Sunday, May 19.
May is the ideal time to stay with us a Plataran Borobudur and Plataran Heritage Borobudur, as we are located right on the doorstep of the Borobudur temple and will have front row seats for the Vesak celebrations. From here, Plataran will provide regular shuttle trips to the temple, along with tours and informative services for guests. Whether making a pilgrimage, or simply looking to experience the full splendour of Borobudur in all its ceremonial glory, Plataran can be your guide.