Photographer's Note

No. The titles only a joke.
The truth, this shot took at Taman Mini Indonesia Indah, 30 hectare miniature of Indonesia with 27 provinces (like a large theme park). Inside Taman Mini, inlclude with cable car or skylift to see the whole park from 20m high. The giant structure in foreground its a replica of famous Candi Singosari (candi means temple in sanskrite language/ the ancient language of indonesian)
Candi Singosari itself (the real one), located about 12 kilometers north of Malang east Java, is one of the monuments built in memory of Kertanagara, last king of Singosari, who died when his palace was seized by a usurper in 1292. The temple was partially restored in the 1930's. The roof, in its original state, would have mirrored the cosmic Mt. Mahameru of Hindu mythology, four lesser pinnacles on each side surrounding a taller, central 'peak'. Yet it seems that the temple was never completed.

The impressive kala heads, highly detailed on the roof, become mere outlines above the entrance and wall niches lower down, showing that the fine carving was executed from the top downwards. For unknown reasons, the artists appear to have abandoned their work.

West of the temple, at a distance of some 200 meters, two enormous guardian figures stand on either side of the road. It has been suggested that the location of these statues may be the site of the original entrance to the palace of Singosari.

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Additional Photos by Hantu Laut (hantulaut) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 145 W: 148 N: 175] (3441)
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