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5 Oldest Temples in Jakarta

5 Oldest Temples in Jakarta, Jakarta, Indonesia (B)

At first, it is crucial to understand the meaning of the English word “temple” could be either “vihara” or “klenteng” in Indonesian. So, what are the differences? Simply said, “vihara” is the place of worship for Buddhist. There are not many statues inside the “vihara”, except the statue of Buddha or Goddess Kwan Yin. On the other hand, “klenteng” is the place of worship for Konghucu. The amount of statues representing each god or goddess to worship are many, even can be over 100 pieces.

In 1967, The New Order regime forbid all Chinese elements exposure in public. That included the alteration of Chinese language-based temple names. Many of them ended up into Indonesian with Sanskrit influence. Also, all “klentengs” needed to be registered into “viharas” to continue their operation. Chinese ethnics finally regained their freedom to perform rituals and expose all Chinese elements as it should be in year 2000 after Abdurrahman Wahid, the 4th president of Indonesia, abolished the President’s Instruction (Inpres) No. 14 / 1967. Some temples either return into their original Chinese name, maintain the Indonesian one or combine both names. Nonetheless, confusion between “vihara” and “klenteng” remains until today, as many people still consider that they both are just synonyms. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: 5 Oldest Temples in Jakarta
Guide Location: Indonesia » Jakarta
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Author: Nydia Susanto
Read it on Author's Website: https://galontrip.wordpress.com/2020/04/04/5-oldest-temples-in-jakarta/
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Vihara Dharma Jaya Toasebio 
  • Vihara Dharma Bhakti
  • Klenteng Sin Tek Bio
  • Vihara Bahtera Bhakti
  • Vihara Lalitavistara

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