Archive for October, 2014

Dieng Plateau – Abode of the Gods

Posted in Landscapes, Latest of Asienreisender, Sights with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 28, 2014 by Thim Kwai

The Dieng Plateau is one of Java’s great landscapes in two ways: first it’s an archeological landscape which was home for a medieval temple city, representing the oldest remaining Javanese stone buildings; second Dieng Plateau is the result of the outbreak of a huge, ancient volcano some 16,000 years ago, which left the high plain with about 100 new craters, volcanic mountain lakes and some other volcanoes around.

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Candi Bima, Dieng Plateau, Java

Candi Bima, Dieng Plateau

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Borobodur / Borobudur

Posted in Latest of Asienreisender, Sights with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 14, 2014 by Thim Kwai

Borobodur (also: Borobudur) is a huge, medieval stepped pyramid buddhist temple; it’s the largest buddhist temple in the world. Borobodur has been built in the Kedu plain in south central Java in the 8th and 9th century CE. The grand monument served as a spiritual destination for pilgrims who approached it via the three kilometers long procession road which starts at Candi Mendut and leads over Candi Pawon to the main temple. Climbing up Borobodur monument, the pilgrims studied the sophisticated relief panels who tell a number of buddhist stories. Walking up to the top of the building symbolized the spiritual approach of purification and buddhist wisdom towards enlightenment. Considered the great perfection of the architecture and the plenty of art with it’s several kilometers long narrative reliefs, Borobodur deserves to be counted as one of the ‘Wonders of the World’.

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Candi Borobodur, Candi Borobudur by Asienreisender

Candi Borobodur, seen from it’s foot. Image by Asienreisender, 2012

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Sumatran Rhinoceros

Posted in Animals, Latest of Asienreisender with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 7, 2014 by Thim Kwai

The Sumatran Rhinoceros weights around 700kg, gets 3m long and about 1.30m tall. It’s the smallest in the family of the rhinos, who count nowadays only five different kinds anymore. In the past they were living in the huge corridor from Buthan at the slopes of the western Himalayas down to Sumatra and Borneo; nowadays there are only four or five pockets left where the last remaining, not more than 300 individuals in total, have their last, dwindling refuges.

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Sumatran Rhinoceros

Sketch of a Sumatran Rhinoceros.

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Sumatra

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Sumatra is the world’s sixth largest island, situated in Southeast Asia. It’s one of the world regions with the highest biodiversity on earth. Formerly almost completely covered by tropical rainforests and mangrove forests along the long coastlines, the nature get’s rapidly destroyed in our times. The population is growing rapidly and natural habitats come more and more under pressure and extinct.

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Minangkabau Royal Palace

The Royal Palace of the Minangkabau People in West Sumatra. Images and photocomposition by Asienreisender, 1996, 2012, 2014

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