The Buddhist temple of Borobudur in Java was reopened to the public on February 27 after ten years of restoration work by 600 men and a computer.
SV President Suharto of Indonesia arriving at temple.
GV PAN Bell-shaped domes housing Buddha images.
SV President Suharto speaking (commentator's voice over).
GV Traditional dances. (2 SHOTS)
GV Visitors at temple.
CU PULL BACK TO GV Buddha statue.
GV PAN People walking among bell-shaped domes.
GV PAN Carved figures on wall.
GV Headlines Buddha figures set in wall. (2 SHOTS)
GV PAN Bell-shaped domes and figure of Buddha.
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Background: The Buddhist temple of Borobudur in Java was reopened to the public on February 27 after ten years of restoration work by 600 men and a computer. Experts believe the inauguration ceremony, attended by Indonesia's President Suharto, would have had to wait for a further 60 years if computer-age resources had not been available. The 25 million dollar project directed by the United Nations' Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), involved re-assembling 750,000 stones in a vast jigsaw puzzle. It took computer analysts two-and-a-half years to log thousands of fragments, Buddha heads and displaced blocks so they could be matched. In his opening speech, General Suharto thanked delegates from 27 countries for helping preserve Indonesia's heritage and cultural achievements. During the colourful ceremony, which included traditional dances, guest wandered through the temple's grounds, where scores of Buddha images are housed in bell-shaped domes, and gazed at 1,500 metres of bas-relief frieze-work carved along ten terraces dotted with 500 life-size statues of the Buddha.