The Borobudur monument located on the island of Java is the single most visited tourist attraction in Indonesia and not without reason. Built in the 9th century it remains an important place of pilgrimage for Buddhists to this date, especially during the occasion of Vesaka commemorating the birth, enlightenment and death of Gautam Buddha.
The monument consists of 504 Buddha statues in total, all of them in the seated or lotus position. Of these 504 however, today over 300 are damaged (headless) and 43 are missing. Most of the heads have been stolen as collector’s items mostly by western museums.