Buddhist Temples and Statues in Indonesia
Indonesia is a multicultural and pluralistic society in the world. Indonesia has hundreds of tribes and different vernacular. There are many ways to worship God according to their beliefs. There are five religions in Indonesia, namely Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Kong Hu Cu (Confucius).
The missionaries came to Indonesia with different goal, interest and background. They faced with a variety of patterns, systems, structures and social life, culture, worship of a pre-existing. Do not rule out the possibility, the missionaries were doing various adjustments even mixing religion and cultural elements in Indonesian society.
This time we would like to share a story about Buddhism in Indonesia. There are several Buddhist tourist attractions you can visit:
Buddha Temples in Indonesia
There are 12 Buddhist temples located in Central Java Island and Yogyakarta which worth making as one of your travel agendas when you visit wonderful Indonesia. Borobudur temple is the most magnificent and famous. The monument was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Guinness World Records recently named Borobudur temple in the Central Java town of Magelang as the world’s largest Buddhist temple. Buddhist temples are not only in Java and Bali, but also in Sumatra Island, such as Riau and South Sumatra.
Buddha Statues in Indonesia
There are some places having sleeping Buddha statues in Indonesia. One of them is Maha Mojopahit Vihara, Mojokerto (Central Java) which is the third biggest in the world, after Thailand and Nepal. With a length of 22 m, width of 6 m and a height of 4.5 m, this statue has received an award from MURI (Indonesian record museum). This statue has body and clothes with golden color.
Besides Mojokerto, Buddha statues are also found in Arama Dhammadipa Vihara, Malang, Pagoda Avalokitesvara Buddhagaya Watugong in Semarang, Buddha Dharma and 8 Posat Vihara in Bogor (West Java).
The highest Buddha statue in Indonesia built in Gilimanuk, Jembrana, Bali. Buddha statue will become a new icon of the Bali Island and is expected to be a main attraction for tourists coming to Bali. This statue has spent more than USD $100.000 and will be unveiled on June 6, 2013.