Attraction Jalan Barusjahe, Dolat Rayat, Kabupaten Karo, Sumatera Utara 22171, Indonesia Published on: 13-11-2015
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Why Taman Alam Lumbini is special ?
Taman Alam Lumbini, or Lumbini Natural Park is a Buddhist temple located at Desa Dolat Rayat, Berastagi in North Sumatra. Taman Alam Lumbiniis a replica of “Shwedagon Pagoda” in Yangon, Myanmar. The architecture is similar to a Thai pagoda, covered in gold. It hosts an elephant statue and the door appears like an India craft.
Based on the venerability inspiration of the Shwedagon Pagoda in Myanmar, in 2007, the construction of replica of Shwedagon Pagoda in the complex of International Buddhist Centre – Taman Alam Lumbini which is located in the village of Dolat Rayat - Berastagi town was began. The project was successfully completed in 2010 with the scale for 46.8 meters in height, 68 meters in length, 68 meters in width.
What to explore at Taman Alam Lumbini?
As same as the Myanmar's Shwedagon Pagoda, this Replica Pagoda does also enshrine various relics of the Buddha and arahat and thousands of Buddha Statues from various countries. Therefore, the Replica of this pagoda is such a sacred place that you have to respect. This is why before entering the area of the pagoda, visitors are expected to: remove foot wear, wear proper clothes.remove the cap/hat, keep cleanliness and keep quite.
The Replica of Shwedagon Pagoda is believed to have a very high level of sanctity. For those who want to make a wish, they are required to do clockwise circumambulating on the area of mandala for 3 times and do the reciting while they are circumambulating the pagoda. Then, they have to share the merits. Hopefully with the support of karma and good deeds of each person, your prayer can be fulfilled.
How to get to Taman Alam Lumbini?
It's advisable to visit Taman Alan Lumbini by a private car and it takes around 90 minutes with normal speed and traffic. If you wish to go there by public transport, you could take a Sutra (Sumatera Transport) mini bus in blue color from Jl. Jamin Ginting - Padang Bulan, Medan up to Tugu Jeruk, Berastagi. You just need to ask people to get to the Jamin Ginting Bus station and that your destination is to Berastagi.
- Good looking pagoda and nice park
- Impressive gardens and temple grounds
- Like a big garden with beautiful landscape
- A hidden gem of Berastagi
- Great for short escape
Jalan Barusjahe, Dolat Rayat, Kabupaten Karo, Sumatera Utara 22171, Indonesia
Tips for you
Our driver and unofficial guide suggested a visit to the PAGODA as the locals call it and honest if we did not have a few hours to spare enroute from Berastagi to Medan, we may not have visited this place. That would have been a great loss...... Taman Alam Lumpini as the place is officially called is the Buddhist religious centre. The stupa (fashioned after the Shwedagon in yangon) is really impressive and so is the entire building. No entrance fee is charged and the primary requirement to enter the main hall is the removal of footwear. There are four Buddha statues inside and one can move around the hall freely, allocating time as required, for the prayer and meditation. Access to the pagoda is via unpaved road but with refreshing views of the strawberry, cabbage, chilly and avocado plantation the whole trip is well worth the time. Truly an amazing structure built on human faith.
It's about 2 hours far (by car) from Medan. Beside enjoying the beauty from The Replica of Pagoda Shwedagon, you can also take much of fascinating scenes from Jembatan Cinta (Love Bridge).