National Geographic : 1983 Jan
and a broad band of stabilizingstones (I) was installedagainstthe "hiddenfoot." The encasement was temporarilyremoved in the early 1900s and the panelsphotographed; today's restorers have left one comer of the foot open to view (2). Square galleries (3), containing1,300 bas-reliefs on both sides of balustradedcorridors,illustratethe World of Form.Three circularterraces(4) with 72 stupas shelteringfigures of Buddha and the IndonesiaRescues Ancient Borobudur large, crowning stupa (5) compose the World of Formlessness.While leaving the World of Desire and the World of Formlessnessintact, restorersdismantled the World of Form, stabilized the foundations, and cleaned, repaired,and reset the stones atop a modem drainagesystem. The operationwas like taking out the middle layer of a three-layercake and putting it back without having the cake collapse.