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Borobudur: Temple Layers


Layers of the Borobudur Temple
The Borobudur monument is about Buddhist philosophy and Gauthama Buddha’s birth, life, death, and enlightenment. According to Buddhist philosophy, human beings need to go through three realms, Arupadhatu, Rupadhatu, and Kamadhatu, to attain enlightenment. The three layers of Borobudur represent these realms.

The top layer with three round terraces represents Arupadhatu. The middle layer with five square terraces represents Rupadhatu. The lower layer, which is the courtyard, represents Kamadhatu.

Borobudur, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is located about 30 miles north of Yogyakarta on the island of Java, Indonesia. It is the largest and one of the most beautiful Buddhist monuments in the world.

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