Soei Goeat Kiang Temple

January 1st, 2016 | by TheJourneyMagz
Soei Goeat Kiang Temple
Sumatra
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n February 8th 2016 people all round the world is celebrating the Chinese New Year or the lunar New Year and it will be the year of the monkey and the same celebration will be held here in Indonesia. Although Chinese New Year was not a national holiday on the Indonesian calendar for many years, beginning in 2002, Chinese New Year became a national holiday.

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During those time most of the Chinese families would gather for praying in their Chinese temple or the “klenteng” as the local knows it and with reported more than 2.8 million self-identified ethnic Chinese: 1.20 percent of the country’s population scattered all over the archipelago so does their beautiful and unique temple can also be found through the nation.

One such as the Klenteng Soei Goeat Kiang in Palembang, the capital city of South Sumatra,  known to be the oldest Chinese temple in Palembang, it is built in 1773. It is a 243 years old cultural heritage site. The Temple is built in what is known today as the 10 Ulu village, the temple is situated near a large traditional market which can also be an interesting sights to see and experience. It was built there because on the same spot lies one of the Great Palembang Chinese Comander, Ju Sin Kong.


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