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In 1811, at the age of 30, Raffles became Java's Lieutenant-Governor. When reports reached him of a huge structure deep in the jungle he went to investigate. Unlike other explorers of the age his first reaction was not to hack the temple to bits. He had it surveyed, sketched and described in exact detail.
This book - like Raffles - seeks to solve the mysteries of Borobudur. Who built the temple? How was it constructed? What was it for? And why was it abandoned so soon after completion?
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By John D Hughes on 01-10-17
Obsessed with Stamford Raffles
I thought this would explain the genesis and scheme of Borobudur, but instead found a hagiography of Sir Stamford Raffles who has his place in the story of Borobudur, but surely only a bit part given he came along about a thousand years after it was built.