The Jakarta Post
The restoration of Borobudur temple in Magelang, Central Java, following the eruption of nearby Mount Merapi last year will be finished by November, according to a UNESCO official.
Hubert Gijzen from UNESCO’s Jakarta office made his comments on the sidelines of a visit to the world heritage site by Hollywood actor Richard Gere on Monday.
Much work was needed to clean the temple after it was covered in a layer of volcanic ash up to 3.5 centimeters thick during the volcano’s eruptions in October and November 2010, he said.
“With the rain that followed, the volcanic ash seeped into the cracks and the reliefs. The cleaning exercise is a titanic job, a very big job,” he said after accepting a Rp 250 million (US$29,000) donation from Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia to support the project.
More than 55,000 stone blocks comprising the temple’s structure had to be...