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Plaosan, about 1 km east of Sewu, originally consisted of two large, rectangular temples. Both were two-storeyed, three-roomed buildings, bounded by a multitude of little shrines and solid stupas. One major temple has been restored, and a good reason for visiting Plaosan is to see restoration work in progress on the other: a painstaking task where stones are stripped from the ruins of the old site and fitted together like a monstrous jigsaw puzzle before being reassembled as a whole. The restored temple contains a number of beautiful small Buddhas and bodhisattvas, very fine kala-heads above the windows (an unusual feature), and reliefs which perhaps depict donors who helped finance the building.




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