Bringing Borobudur to Cyberspace
The Borobudur Temple, erected during the late 8th and early 9th century AD in a plain between the major volcanoes of Central Java, Indonesia, is considered to be the largest Buddhist monument in the world. Richly decorated with more than 1460 figurative bas-reliefs featuring some 15.000 characters enacting various scenes from the Buddha´s life and major holy scriptures from all three main schools of Buddhism, this stupa-shaped shrine constitutes a walkable image book encoded with invaluable information on the rich spiritual and philosophical tradition of Buddhist faith.
Still widely ignored in the Western world, it is the goal of ” Borobudur – Paths to Enlightenment ” to decode the ancient message of wisdom and compassion conveyed by the layout and rich content of the temple and to bring a comprehensive, easily navigable and highly interactive version of this 8th Wonder of the World to the digital universe.
It took four years and the generous support of the Government of Indonesia through its branch Taman Wisata Candi Borobudur, Prambanan and Raku Boko to complete this rather monumental work which provides via 400 interactive panoramas and a large selection of interactive itineraries instant access to each of the bas reliefs of the temple. Furthermore a collection of some 300 minutes of richly animated video sequences, links with the original text sources which inspired the temple, a lavish sound track and numerous special features allow an in depth exploration of the Temple.