February 14, 2009

Semarang "Religious" Tour - part 3 : Hindu & Buddhist Temples

The next 2 places mark the end of my "religious" tour of Semarang.

5. Pura Giri Natha
Address : Jl. Sumbing 12


I didn't intentionally wanted to go here. I asked the taxi driver to take me to Vihara Watugong & maybe he noticed that I had been hopping from one place of worship to the other, so he suggested to stop by here on the way up to Watugong.

Pura Giri Natha is a Hindu temple, which is the main religion of Balinese people. If you've been to Bali before, this place may not take your breath away since it is not as large as the temples in Bali.

However, because it lies in "Semarang Atas", you can get a nice view of the town. Semarang's topography consists of a coastal/lowland area referred to as 'Semarang Bawah' (which means Bottom of Semarang) & a mountainous area which the locals call 'Semarang Atas' (meaning Top of Semarang).

This temple made me feel as if I was in Bali

View of Semarang

6. Pagoda Avalokitesvara
Address : Jl. Perintis Kemerdekaan

This pagoda is located in the Vihara Buddhagaya Watugong complex. It is 45 meters high, making it the tallest Pagoda in Indonesia. It is intended for those who want to pray or worship the goddess of mercy Kuan Yin (Kwan Im), therefore there are in total 25 statues of her on this pagoda.

Left : Statue of Kwan Im, Right : Intricate design of the Pagoda's pillars

Statue of Siddhartha Gautama, the founder of Buddhism, sitting under a Bodhi tree

3 comments:

Matt said...

That Pagoda Avalokitesvara is amazing! This has been a great series and I've enjoyed the education.

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Fitri said...

Hi Matt, glad you liked it! Actually I was excited to go to Pagoda Avalokitesvara because I read on the internet that you can have your fortune read, but when I got there, I couldn't find anything that looked like a fortune teller (I was too shy to ask)...but maybe I read the place wrong, there are many budhist temples in Semarang.

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