When I was going through old photos last week, I came across this one from my travels across Asia in 1991. The thing is, I don’t remember this photo. My mother took it, so there’s a chance we didn’t get around to sharing all of our photos from that trip. Or perhaps I simply forgot about this one.
It was taken in Borobudur on Java. This Buddhist temple was built in the 9th century, abandoned in the 14th century, and rediscovered in the 1800s.
My mother and I set off on an afternoon excursion from Yogyakarta to see Borobudur. I remember dozens of vendors hawking souvenirs almost as soon as we stepped out of the little tour van.
The temple comprises four stories, many statues (some had lost their heads), and wall carvings that tell a story.
Two weeks later, I would travel alone to another famous Buddhist temple: Angkor Wat.