13 Popular Religious Tourist Places in Indonesia

The ethnic and cultural patterns of the country are followed by the diversity of religious adherents. There are five legally recognized religions in Indonesia, namely Islam, Catholic/Christian, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Confucianism.

Every religion has a place of worship and some of them are used as religious tourism places in Indonesia.

The five religions have a long history and are closely related to cultural values ​​from the past to the present.

Places of worship combined harmoniously with the architecture and culture that developed at that time. The combination becomes a magnet for tourists to visit.

From religious tourism in Indonesia, people are invited to be able to understand that people at that time were able to live harmoniously in the midst of differences in culture, customs, and religion.

A different holiday experience. The following is a list of religious tourist attractions in Indonesia that can be visited.

1. | Istiqlal Mosque, Jakarta

Istiqlal is located in the capital city of Jakarta, the Istiqlal Mosque is called the largest mosque in Indonesia and Southeast Asia.

The unique history of the Istiqlal Mosque lies in the story of the architect who built Istiqlal. Referring to the official website, the Istiqlal Mosque was built by a non-Muslim named Frederich Silaban.

The construction of the Istiqlal Mosque was initiated by President Soekarno and Vice President Moh. Hatta. There was a dispute over the location of Soekarno and Moh's choice. Hatta.

However, in the end, the Istiqlal Mosque was built at the location of Bung Karno's choice, namely on the land of the former Dutch fortress of Frederick Hendrik.

2. | Dian Al Mahri Mosque, Depok, West Java

Dian Al Mahri Mosque is one of the religious tourism in Indonesia which was phenomenal when the mosque was inaugurated.

The mosque, also known as the Golden Dome Mosque, is located in Depok, West Java, not far from Jakarta.

What makes the Golden Dome Mosque so phenomenal is the genuine gold layer 2 to 3 millimeters thick on the dome of the mosque, citing Indonesia Travel.

While the relief is covered with 18 carat gold. The Dome Mas Mosque has a very large area and is often used as family religious tourism.

3. | Cheng Ho Mosque, Surabaya

The name Cheng Ho is taken from the name of a Chinese Admiral who is Muslim. Admiral Cheng Ho is said to have played a role in the spread of Islam in Indonesia.

Although many names of the Cheng Ho Mosque are scattered in various regions in Java, the one in Surabaya is called the first and original Cheng Ho Mosque.

Although not as wide and as large as Istiqlal and Dome Mas, Cheng Ho Mosque has its own uniqueness, namely a building that is thick with Chinese architectural nuances.

4. | Statue of Lord Jesus Bless, Toraja

You don't have to go all the way to Brazil to see Christ the Redeemer. In Buntu Burake, Makale, Tana Toraja Regency, South Sulawesi, there is a similar statue named the Statue of the Lord Jesus Blessing.

One of the religious tours in Indonesia was built in 2015. The local government built this tour to increase tourist visits.

This religious tourism object is 4 km from downtown Makale. Although it looks special for Christians, this religious tourist spot is open to the public.

5. | Maria Sendangsono Cave, Yogyakarta

Maria Sendangsono Cave is a very popular religious tourism for Catholics. Sendangsono was originally a resting place for those going to Borobudur.

This place becomes a stopover because there is a spring or spring between two sono trees, referring to Visiting Jogja.

The introduction of Goa Maria Sendangsono could not be separated from the great role of Father Van Lith SJ and Father JB Prennthaler SJ on December 8, 1929.

Meanwhile, the development of the Sendangsono religious tourism complex was given a touch of Javanese ethnicity and was built by utilizing natural products by Father Mangunwijaya.

6. | Maha Vihara Mojopahit, Mojokerto

Similar to the statue of the Lord Jesus Blessing, in Mojokerto there is also a statue of a sleeping Buddha like the one in Thailand.

The statue of the Sleeping Buddha at Maha Vihara Mojopahit is said to be the largest in the world.

Not only the Sleeping Buddha Statue, the main attraction is the temple's architecture, which is thick with Javanese nuances.

7. | Candi Borobudur, Magelang

Borobudur is one of the religious tourism in Indonesia which is very famous even throughout the world. This place is one of the Buddhist holy places that has been around since the 9th century.

Besides being rich in history and religious significance, the natural beauty around Borobudur Temple is also the main attraction.

Try watching the sun rise from the top of the temple or at sunset. In addition, you can also visit other temples that are no less interesting such as Mendut, Prambanan, and Ratu Boko temples.

8. | Vihara Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva, Tanjungpinang, Kepri

Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva Vihara in the Riau Archipelago is known as the 1,000-faced Monastery because of its many statues with various expressions.

This Buddhist place of worship is one of the largest temples in Southeast Asia. The statues are neatly arranged in this white temple complex.

9. | Pura Tanah Lot, Bali

Tanah Lot Temple is the magical power of Bali. Tanah Lot Temple is located on a rock off the coast. This is where the uniqueness of this religious tourist spot in Indonesia. The temple can only be visited at low tide.

At high tide, the path will be covered with sea water. Another attraction of Tanah Lot Temple is the sunset view with a uniqueness that only exists at Tanah Lot Temple.

To remember, the waves in Tanah Lot are very strong, so swimming is not recommended.

10. | Pura Agung Besakih, Bali

Bali has many famous temples in the world, including Pura Agung Besakih in Karangasem.

Pura Agung Besakih is the largest temple on the Island of the Gods and is located close to other beautiful temples and close to Mount Agung.

Pura Agung Besakih is usually always a religious tourism destination when visiting Bali.

11. | Pura Uluwatu, Bali

If Pura Agung Besakih is above a height, it is different with Uluwatu Temple which is on a coastal cliff. Uluwatu Temple is built on a cliff jutting into the sea.

Hindus believe Uluwatu Temple is a buffer for the nine cardinal directions. In this temple, you can find the legendary Kecak attraction which is very famous and favored by foreign and local tourists.

In addition, from Uluwatu Temple you can watch the beautiful sunset in Bali, one of the most beautiful sunsets ever.

12. | Kelenteng Sam Poo Kong, Semarang

In Semarang, Sam Poo Kong Temple is probably the most oriental building. You must visit this place when you go to Semarang.

In this complex of religious tourist attractions in Indonesia, your eyes will be invited to sweep the shades of red with Chinese lanterns and gardens.

13. | Kelenteng Kwan Sing Bio, Tuban

Kwan Sing Bio Temple is a place of worship for the tridharma belief. The three religious teachings are Confucianism, Tao, and Buddhism.

Kwan Sing Bio Temple is estimated to have been built in the 7th century but its beauty is still very well preserved, with a direct view of the north sea of ​​Java.

One of the uniqueness of this religious tourist spot in Indonesia is the giant crab at the gate. This symbol is different from traditional temple buildings that use dragons or peacocks.

In the midst of the Corona virus pandemic, tourist travel is still categorized as non-emergency travel, so it should not be done to prevent the spread and transmission of Covid-19, especially in areas that still lack health facilities.

If you want to travel between cities or between countries, don't forget to obey the Corona virus prevention health protocol, by wearing masks, washing hands, and maintaining physical distance between visitors. Don't come when you're sick and go home sick.

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