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This is the Kwan Im Vihara in Singkawang, the Goddess of Mercy

Singkawang

Of the many temples in Singkawang, there is one temple that is the most beautiful among the others. Especially if not the Vihara Dewi Kwan Im, the Goddess of Mercy.

Vihara Budi Dharma, that’s the real name of this monastery. But people know him as Vihara Dewi Kwan Im. The location is on Jalan GM Situt, West Singkawang, Singkawang City.

As the name implies, this monastery is a place of worship for Dewi Kwan Im, the Goddess of Compassion. There is also a giant statue of Dewi Kwan Im in the front yard of the monastery, right on the left before going up to the steps of the worship altar.

Vihara Dewi Kwan Im is located right on the edge of the main road, flanked by shop houses on either side. This monastery building stands out because of its bright red color.

detikTravel visited this temple right on the day of the Chinese New Year celebration, on February 1 last. You can already feel the crowd at the entrance of the monastery. Motorcycles parked at the front, cars followed lined up on either side of the road.

Vihara Dewi Kwan Im Photo: Wahyu Setyo Widodo/detikTravel

This monastery was built by a successful businessman named Djong Siaw Khiang, a native son of Singkawang who lives in Jakarta. It is said that he spent billions of rupiah to build this monastery.

It’s no exaggeration, because the Dewi Kwan Im Vihara is indeed very beautiful. The monastery building is filled with decorative ornaments whose details are truly beautiful. The colors are also vibrant, but not too much.

Vihara Dewi Kwan ImVihara Dewi Kwan Im Photo: Wahyu Setyo Widodo/detikTravel

This Dewi Kwan Im Vihara also has a long history. In 1937, the monastery building had a fire. However, the statue of Dewi Kwan Im was saved and moved to the current location of the monastery.

Years passed, the temple building was then beautified so that we can see it now. Many Chinese people also come here to pray.

Every detail in the stairs, pillars, ceilings, windows, to the walls of this temple are all very beautiful. It’s no wonder that this monastery is also being hunted by photography enthusiasts.

Travelers can visit the monastery, which is also known as the Kwan Im Kiung or Kwan Im Tong Vihara when on vacation to Singkawang.

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