We arrived here three days ago by an eight hour train journey through some beautiful landscapes and agrarian countryside of rice paddies, tea plantations, and numerous other locally grown fruits and vegetables. We set out on our second day to visit Prambanan, a Hindu temple dating back to 9 A.D. Much of the temple was destroyed by an earthquake in 2006 and the restoration process continues to this day. There are temples dedicated to Vishnu, Ganesh, Brahma, Nandi, and few other Hindu gods.
Yesterday took us out to Borobudur, a 2,000 year old Buddhist temple, which has the biggest stupa in the world. The entire site is built on a hill surrounded by mountains and lush greenery. The details on the temples consist of relief panels carved into the walls showing the life of Buddha. These temples are a testament that the hand of man is able to create beauty without the use of modern tools or machinery.