Thursday, 22 October 2009

The 2003 Borobudur Expedition on stamp

A set of special stamps to observe the 2003 Borobudur Ship Expedition, two stamps and one souvenir sheet, has been issued by Indonesian Post Office on 17 September 2005.

The Borobudur is the largest Buddhist monument in the world, was built in the ninth century by the rulers of the Cailendra Dynasty of Mahayana Buddhism. The features on the reliefs of Borobudur depicted the existing condition of Java and surroundings at that time. 
 Base on a sailing ship featured on the panels of the temple, Phillip Beale of the British Nationality, as former of Royal Navy Officer, has done a research and he has truth that in the olden time the ship uses to carry spices, especially cinnamon from Indonesia to Africa. The supporting programme have been formulated and executed by involving related institutions included UNESCO.

The ship was built by an Indonesian team ship builder in the Kangean Island, Madura with a leader, As’ad Abdullah and designed by Nick Burningham , an Australian archeolog. By using the traditional ship building technique, this ship was built without nail of iron. The main component consists of local wooden materials.

The Borobudur ship is a brave voyage, has captained by Captain I Gusti Ngurah Sedana from the Indonesian Navy. The leader expedition was held by Phillip Beale himself. The wooden ship was released ceremoniously by President Megawati Sukarnoputri on 15 August 2003 and set sail westward from marina Jaya Ancol Bay, Jakarta and cast anchor gloriously at Accra, Ghana on 23 February 2004.

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