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This is Thai Pak Kung, the biggest and grandest temple in Singkawang

Singkawang

Vihara Kulor as Singkawang people call it. This monastery is one of the largest and grandest in Singkawang. Let’s see what it looks like!

This magnificent monastery in Singkawang is called Vihara Kulor, referring to the location of the village where he is located, namely Kulor, precisely on Jalan Sanggau Kulor, East Singkawang.

Actually the original name of this monastery is Tri Dharma Bumi Raya. Yes, the name is exactly the same as the central monastery which became the icon of Singkawang city. Although the name is the same, the two monasteries are different from each other.

“This is called Vihara Tri Dharma Bumi Raya. Same name, but different. It is also called Vihara Kulor. Kulor is the name of the area. In the past, our forest was first opened here,” said Phang Bui Jan (71), the caretaker of Vihara Kulor to detikTravel.

This monastery also has another name Thai Pak Kung. This monastery building was first built about 10 years ago. Until now, the Kulor monastery is still under renovation. According to Phang, if it goes well, the plan is that the temple will be opened to the public around October 2022.

Vihara Kulor in Singkawang Photo: Wahyu Setyo Widodo/detikTravel

Although it has not been renovated yet, but the form of this temple building looks very grand and luxurious. To go to the main building of the monastery, a traveler must climb stairs with dragon carvings to decorate it.

Not to mention the beautiful carvings that are on the roof of the building increasingly present a majestic impression of the monastery. The atmosphere also feels like being abroad, much like in Taiwan.

Kulor TempleVihara Kulor Photo: Wahyu Setyo Widodo/detikTravel

Vihara Thai Pak Kung Kulor stands majestically on an area of ​​6 hectares. Right behind the temple building, there is a canteen which is a culinary tourism destination for visitors.

In this canteen, there are various types of culinary that can be tried starting from choi pan, salad, meatballs and many others. The tourists also usually invade this place when the holidays arrive.

Vihara Kulor in SingkawangVihara Kulor in Singkawang Photo: Wahyu Setyo Widodo/detikTravel

Although it cannot be used for worship, visitors can freely take pictures. The management frees visitors to come. Entrance to this monastery is also free because there is no entry ticket.

However, due to the pandemic, the number of visitors has decreased drastically. In the past, many visitors to the monastery came from abroad. Although it has not returned to normal, lately, it has approached the situation as before the pandemic.

The Thai Pak Kung Kulor Temple is most visited on Sundays or during the Chinese New Year and Cap Go Meh moments. This monastery is open from 07.00 am to 19.00 pm.

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