The Jakarta Post
Borobudur Temple in Magelang, Central Java. (JP/Tarko Sudiarno)
During his visit to the iconic Borobudur Temple in Magelang, Central Java, on Wednesday, former US president Barack Obama said the temple brought back his childhood memories.
“Obama is very happy to be back in Borobudur; he mentioned that he had visited this place when he was a child, but now the visit is more special, because he’s bringing his family with him” said PT Taman Wisata Candi Borobudur, Prambanan & Ratu Boko (TWC) president director Edy Setijono.
Obama spent part of his childhood in Jakarta, arriving as a six-year-old back in 1967 and staying with his mother and his Indonesian stepfather until 1971. During those years, his mother and stepfather often took him to Yogyakarta.
While exploring the temple, Obama took several photos in one corner on the seventh level of the temple.
Moreover, Obama also calls for the preservation of the 9th-century Buddhist temple. “He said that locals should protect and preserve the Borobudur temple. It is a positive message from him," Setijono added. (asw)