There is little doubt for North Koreans whom they are to revere.Throughout the country crowds pay homage to the three generations of the Kim family with displays of devotion resembling religious fervor.Buddhism and Shintoism share space pretty peacefully in Japan, partially thanks to a division of duties.Shinto shrines, for example, handle weddings, while Buddhist temples are the locations of funerals and graveyards.These days, though, a few Buddhist temples are helping singles find someone to marry at one of those Shinto weddings, though, as one sect of Buddhism in east Japan has branched out into organizing matchmaking parties.In some ways, Japanese courtship could be called “shy” by western standards, with students and young adults, on average, being much more discreet and reserved in pursuing relationships than their American and European counterparts.The temple consists of nine stacked platforms, six square and three circular, topped by a central dome.The temple is decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues.
The temple itself and some of the structures on the expansive grounds, located on the slopes of the Myohyang mountains, are listed as national treasures by the government which provides funds for its operation. During this visit there were no obvious pilgrims seen.
The central dome is surrounded by 72 Buddha statues, each seated inside a perforated stupa.
Built in the 9th century during the reign of the Sailendra Dynasty, the temple was designed in Javanese Buddhist architecture, which blends the Indonesian indigenous cult of ancestor worship and the Buddhist concept of attaining Nirvana.
Borobudur has the largest and most complete ensemble of Buddhist reliefs in the world.
Worldwide knowledge of its existence was sparked in 1814 by Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, then the British ruler of Java, who was advised of its location by native Indonesians.