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Borobudur : A Wonder of Indonesia History

The magnificent Borobudur temple is the world’s biggest Buddhist monument, an ancient site widely considered to be one of the world’s seven wonders. Built in the 9th century during the reign of the Syailendra dynasty, the temple’s design in Gupta architecture reflects India's influence on the region, yet there are enough indigenous scenes and elements incorporated to make Borobudur uniquely Indonesian. This awe inspiring monument is truly a marvel. After a visit here you will understand why it is Indonesia’s most visited tourist attraction and a famous icon of Indonesia’s cultural heritage.

Located on the island of Java, the temple sits majestically on a hilltop overlooking lush green fields and distant hills. It covers an enormous area, measuring 123 x 123 meters. The monument is a marvel of design, decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues. The architecture and stonework of this temple has no equal. And it was built without using any kind of cement or mortar! The structure is like a set of massive interlocking Lego blocks held together without any glue.

The temple has remained strong even through ten centuries of neglect. It was rediscovered in 1815, buried under volcanic ash. In the 1970’s the Indonesian Government and UNESCO worked together to restore Borobudur to its former majesty The restoration took eight years to complete and today Borobudur is one of Indonesia and the world’s most valuable treasures.

The temple is decorated with stone carvings in bas-relief representing images from the life of Buddha. Commentators claim that this is the largest and most complete ensemble of Buddhist reliefs in the world, unsurpassed in artistic merit.

This monument is both a shrine to the Lord Buddha and a place for Buddhist pilgrimage. The ten levels of the temple symbolize the three divisions of the religion’s cosmic system. As visitors begin their journey at the base of the temple, they make their way to the top of the monument through the three levels of Budhist cosmology, Kāmadhātu (the world of desire), Rupadhatu (the world of forms) and Arupadhatu (the world of formlessness). As visitors walk to the top the monument guides the pilgrims past 1,460 narrative relief panels on the wall and the balustrades.

The whole monument itself resembles a giant stupa, but seen from above it forms a mandala. The great stupa at the top of the temple sits 40 meters above the ground. This main dome is surrounded by 72 Buddha statues seated inside perforated stupa.

Historians suggest that the name of Borobudur comes from the Sanskrit ‘Vihara Buddha Uhr’ or the ‘Buddhist monastery on the hill’.

Bali Island, Indonesia

As Indonesia most famous tourist destination, Bali lives up to its name and reputation. It is a magical island that enchants visitors with its rich cultural traditions, scenic beauty and warm hospitality of its people. For the Balinese, art is form of worship and religion. Ceremonies, traditional performances and activities that are artistic in nature are woven into the pattern of daily life, providing visitors with a marvelously unique spectacle. The beauty of its natural wonders and rich culture combined with modern facilities and infrastructure create a broad range of options for visitors who choose Bali as a MICE destination.
Bali boast an impressive range of international-standard meeting facilities, show-stopping hotels, exquisite food, and vibrant nightlife, complimented perfectly by unforgettable scenery and genuinely friendly and hospitable people who practice an authentic age old culture. The ralexed atmosphere of balmy Bali is guaranteed to remove any inhibitions between participants, breaking down barriers and potentially strengthening business relationship. In addition to that, Bali has 53.000 hotel rooms, a variation of conference venues, and huge tourism destinations.

Bali culture is totally unique and permeates through every aspect of life. The influence of Hinduism, the main religion, is evident in the music, drama, art, costumes and festivals which take place daily. Tourists will encounter a festival almost every day, celebrating the cycle of birth, death, and rebirth.

With sunshine shining throughout the year, Bali has a tropical monsoon climate, with pleasant day temperatures between 20 to 33 degrees Celsius or 68 to 92 degrees Fahrenheit. Rainy season starts from October to march, when the west monsoon brings heavy showers and high humidity. June to September is considered the driest season, with low humidity and it can be fairly cold in the evenings, the best time for any outdoor activities.

Jakarta The capital of Indonesia

The capital of Indonesia, Jakarta is the center of government, commerce and industry. Because of its starategic location on the shore of Java sea, for centuries Jakarta has been a meeting point for the different races, cultures and tradition of the hundreds of ethnic groups that compose Indonesia. In the city, centuries-old traditions live amidst towering modern skyscraper, where a wide range of leisure options and business opportunities lure visitors each year. There’s shopping in the many glittering malls, a unique gastronomics adventure to try, historical sites to visit and natural wonders to explode.
The dynamic capital city has various and modern MICE facilities. It has a total 0f 920,327 sqm of meeting and exhibition hall, 3 millions sqm of shopping malls, 32,552 hotel rooms and 2,011 restaurants. The megapolitan ith population of 9 million is also known for its historical places, cultural heritage, various entertaintment and sport facilities and vibrant night life. All of those giving a range of interesting destinations after conferences or for incentive program. Jakarta keeps on developing and infrastructures in order to attract  the worlds attention to hold some international events. In this way, it is obvious that the government is trying to develop Jakarta equal to other big cities in the word. 

Jakarta has its own Betawi culture, which this influences reached the city shores over the centuries. A long process of selectively borrowing and uniquely blending Chinese, Arabian, Portuguese, and Dutch elements with native ingenuity has produces the colorful face of genuine Jakarta.