Vihara Gunung Timur Temple

Attraction Vihara Gunung Timur Temple, Jl. Hang Tuah, Hamdan, Sumatera Utara 20151, Indonesia Published on: 13-11-2015

2 hours
09:00 AM - 09:00 PM
09:30 AM
11:30 AM
First-time visit
Temple & Monument
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Vihara Gunung Timur is a Chinese Taoism temple which is the largest in the city of Medan, Indonesia and possibly also on the island of Sumatra.

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Why Vihara Gunung Timur Temple is special ?

Vihara Gunung Timur (Chinese: 東嶽觀; pinyin: Dōng yuè guān; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Héng-huá-Bio) is a Chinese Taoism temple which is the largest in the city of Medan, Indonesia and possibly also on the island of Sumatra. This temple was built in the 1962. This temple is located at Jalan Hang Tuah, about 500 meters from the Sri Mariamman Temple and is located on the side of Babura river.

It contains a large paved area with an impressively scaled incense burner, two covered badminton courts, a very large main hall and is partly surrounded by a moat and walls. This temple already served as main temple in Medan for many years and it was also one of Man's cultural icon. This temple always be filled with worshippers in Imlek and Cap Go Meh festival.


What to explore at Vihara Gunung Timur Temple?

Visiting this place, you can enjoy the Chinese Temple in Medan. At the entrance you can admire two lion statues made of black stone and two stone lions (Ciok Say) again made of white stone to guard the entrance to the monastery. Male lion holds the ball in one of his legs, and the speedy female playing with. Drum placed in the temple and their Maitreya Buddhist altar, Buddhist, Goddess Kwan Im. There are more than 80 gods in this temple. Going inside, you can see two dragon statue on the roof of the monastery. There are also reliefs of five fish that swim and one pair of phoenix.

How to get to Vihara Gunung Timur Temple?

From Station Medan, take taxi about 7 minutes toward Vihara Gunung Timur, this entire trip cost IDR 20340 ($2).

Selling points

  • Beautiful buddhist temple
  • One of the most picturesque temple in Medan
  • Big and old Vihara in the city
  • A place of worship with beautiful architecture
  • The best place must see in Medan
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Vihara Gunung Timur Temple, Jl. Hang Tuah, Hamdan, Sumatera Utara 20151, Indonesia

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Tips for you

  • The temple is not allowed to take photos.
  • You should not write in the wall of temple.
  • You should keep a clean environment in this place.
  • You should keep eyes on your children to avoid getting lost.
  • You can get a free tour guide to learn more about this place.
  • You should be careful with guard, he can stop to ask you give him money.
  • Parking lot is available.
  • A big celebration at the Shrine of Mount East this field was made during Chinese New Year and Cap Go Meh festival, as well as prayer Ghost in the seventh month in the Chinese calendar.
  • This monastery is only a few hundred meters from the Shri Mariamman Temple, you can visit after coming here.
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Traditional Chinese Temple with Great sculpture architechture

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This Taoist Temple Vihara Gunung Timur is located 500 m south of the Hindu temple and It overlooks the Babura River. Known as the oldest temple in Medan that was built on 1962.Unfortunately, I came by not at the right time as they were preparing things up for the upcoming Chinese New Year, February 2013.Surprisingly, a guard stop us when we were about to walk out from the area, he asked for money and even said that there were 2 guards at that moment... It was such an indecent behaviour.. but since we were just 2 backpacker girls, tried to prevent unnecessary things so we gave them 10.000,00 IDR. Never knows what will happen, so please always be careful.

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