Jin De Yuan

sights / Religious

Jin De Yuan information

Location
Jakarta , Indonesia
Address
Jl Kemenangan III 13
More information
www.jindeyuan.org
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This large Chinese Buddhist temple compound dates from 1755 and is one of the most important in the city. The main structure has an unusual roof crowned by two dragons eating pearls, while the interior is richly atmospheric: dense incense and candle smoke waft over Buddhist statues, ancient bells and drums, and some wonderful calligraphy. Unfortunately recent Chinese New Year celebrations – including fireworks – set fire to half of the original structure. It was undergoing reconstruction when we visited.