When tourists visit Yogyakarta, they usually make a trip out to see the great Buddhist monument of Borobudur.
There they can wind their way around the levels of the temple and observe the magnificent murals which teach first about all of the vices and temptations which human beings face.
Then they can learn about the noble path of Buddhism, and follow the story of the Buddha’s quest for enlightenment.
And at the top they can then contemplate the meaning of all of this. Or if you are an historian, hearing the Muslim call to prayer echoing from the villages below as you stand atop this Buddhist monument can symbolically put into perspective the religious changes that have taken place on Java over the centuries.
From Borobudur, many tourists then visit the temple complex of Prambanan to marvel at the temples dedicated to Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu.
While these structures are magnificent to behold, I found that there was another site which was even more pleasing, and that was the hilltop ruins of Ratu Boko.
Although not much remains of the original structures, the location is magnificent, with views of Mount Merapi, Prambanan and Yogyakarta. Even better, however, were its “inhabitants.”
Wandering around, keeping the grass short so that local kids can play soccer and tourists and visitors can walk about with ease, are sheep.
They chill out on the ruins, and chomp away at the grass.
And sometimes hang out with some goat friends.
This family below is particularly friendly and inquisitive.
Well one of the kids was a little camera shy.
So Borobudur and Prambanan are both magnificent, but if you want to experience bliss, I think that Ratu Boko is the more likely place where that will happen.