Mystical Yogyakarta

Stories and pictures by ALEXANDRA WONG

Art, human drama and mysticism. Yogyakarta is all this and more, as Alexandra Wong discovers in a chance encounter atop Mount Merapi, Indonesia’s most volatile volcano.

I’M about to join my fellow travel companions when peals of laughter freeze me in my tracks.

A sucker for little children, I inch forward towards the dusty trio frolicking in the volcanic earth.

Religious relic: A shrine to the Lord Buddha and a place for Buddhist pilgrimage, Borobudur has 504 Buddha statues.

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