Thursday, May 16, 2013

Travel Photo: Batik Sarongs of Borobodur

For all those who don’t know, Borobudur is the largest Buddhist temple in the world. It used to be one of the seven wonders of the world, but is today a busy UNESCO World Heritage site near Jogjakarta in the Java island of Indonesia. But, this interested travel snippet is not about this massive temple, but about the unique culture of making all visitors wear a sarong. And it doesn’t make a difference whether you are a local or a foreigner. All have to wear it and irrespective of the length of your dress.

Batik Sarongs everywhere at Borobudur Temple, Indonesia
And what better material than the batik to wear as your sarong. The area of Jogja is very famous in Java for the production of Javanese batiks and it is not only Jogja, but most of east Java that is famous for their batiks. And the visitors are made to wear these batiks free of cost while they tour the Borobudur temple campus. The color and design of these batiks vary every day and today, while I was there at the temple, the colors in vogue were black and white and navy blue with white.

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