Borobudur is a Buddhist shrine on the Indonesian island of Java. There are many different estimates about when it was built, but it was most likely built around 750 A.D. It is described as having carvings of Buddhist teachings on it and as being a mandala. Many believe to be a visual aid to help people achieve enlightenment. The walls depict Buddhist stories.
Borobudur was hidden underneath volcanic ash for many years. It wasn’t until 1814 that it was rediscovered. Not much is known about its early history, as historians can’t tell when exactly it was built or why it was abandoned. It was built to honor Buddha and other important characters of Buddhism. Currently, eight of the stones are missing because they were given to the King of Siam in 1896. Some efforts have been made to return it to its former state, and is now an important place of Buddhist pilgrimage. It did, however, take some damage from a bomb in 1985.
I think that Brorbudur is a very important artifact to those who follow Buddhism. UNESCO has even claimed it to be an important world heritage site. I also think that it may even help bring enlightenment to the Buddhist people who visit there. Many beleive that it was because of a political conflict that Borobudur and other temples were abandoned. I think that even after 10 to 20 years, this temple will still be very important to Buddhist religion.