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8 ruins to take you on a walk through time

By: Josh Lew on June 10, 2013, 3:40 p.m.
Borobudur, Indonesia, ruins

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Borobudur, Indonesia

Borobudur is a ninth-century Buddhist temple complex dominated by stupas and statues of Buddha, while arches, intricate carvings and and a 95-foot-high pyramid add to the ambience. Despite not being as well known as some of the other historic ruin sites in East Asia, this is the world's largest Buddhist temple complex according to Guinness World Records, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The surrounding volcanoes and forests create a dramatic set of panoramas for visitors willing to climb the stairs. When a volcano erupted in 2010, parts of the temple complex were covered by nearly an inch of ash and the drainage system had to be cleared. Borobudur remains an important place for Indonesia's minority Buddhist population, and religious celebrations still take place there.