Jakarta has no less than 140 Chinese temples across this sprawling cosmopolitan city. However, oldest among them all is the temple at Petak Sembilan in Jakarta’s Chinatown, locally better known as Glodok.
Originally built in 1650 by Chinese lieutenant Kwee Hoen, the temple was called Koan Im Teng, dedicated to the goddess Kwan Im. In its long history, this Taoist temple changed names a number of times. In 1740 at the horrific Chinese massacre by the Dutch, the temple was destroyed, but it was again rebuilt in 1755 by Chinese captain Oei Tjhie, who named it Kim Tek Le or Jin De Yuan (meaning golden wisdom). Later its name was translated into Bahasa Indonesia to become known as the Vihara Dharma Bhakti.
Located at Jalan Kemenangan III behind Jalan Gajah Mada, and covering 3000 square meters, the Vihara continues to be very well attended until this day. At every first and 15th day of the new moon, devotees flock to the temple to burn incense or light candles to ask for the Almighty’s protection and for prosperity. The temple is particularly packed during Chinese New Year celebrations when the Vihara becomes the focus of devotion, The road leading to the temple gate is narrow, made even narrower by parked motorbikes on both sides of the road. Here are also many beggars, still a distinct feature of the temple.
In most cases a sunset is a sunset... but today's was a little more apocalyptic than usual. #swipeleft to see how intense this one got. Fair to say everyone at @renegadecraft fair seemed to be in agreement. (...and I didn't touch the saturation or vibrancy slider once while editing these)
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happy birthday ben. it’s been another magical week with you. I was happy, content, independent, and confident on my own. you dropped into my life when I least expected it and now, you have amplified all of those emotions and so much more. today with you was magical, but I’m most excited for tomorrow and all the days after that. stay with me for a long time because I like you, like a lot.
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