Ban Hin Kiong Temple is about 335 years old (Qing Dynasty 1644-1911) and it is a worship house for Tridharma followers.
Since long ago, this temple has become a landmark for local government, general public and Tridharma followers in Manado as it is the first temple and a worship house for Tridharma followers from Manado and its surrounding areas.
Ban Hin Kiong temple consists of three words, Ban means much, Hin means abundance favor and Kiong means palace. Therefore, Ban Hin Kiong means a holy palace that distributes many happiness. In addition to having a beautiful design, Ban Hin Kiong has also some annual events to commemorate Chinese New Year, ritual process of Goan Siao or Cap Go Meh.
Ban Hin Kiong Temple is located at D.I. Panjaitan Street in Manado, the capital city of North Sulawesi Province. It is also known as a China Town due to the establishment of many shrines and temples and settlements of Chinese descendants.
This temple has a strategic location and it is easy to reach by public transporations such as mikrolet and taxis. Visitors can also rent car or motorcycle for traveling around the China Town.
This red temple looks elegant and attractive in all its sides and ornaments. These ornaments potray symbols of materials and these symbols deliver us the holy message about the initial creation of sky, earth and humans. These symbols represent the picture of God with all his characteristics in one integrated, harmonized and full unity.
These ornaments are apparent from carved paintings on rear wall. Central wall shows a child who tries to pick a fruit and an old man stands beside him to remind him. This symbol means anyone who plants will enjoy his fruits. There are many other meaning symbols that remind us about the God’s power.
Visitors can see praying site for Tridharma followers in this three-story building, but you have to take off your footwear by the front entrance.
This oldest Tridharma temple in the Eastern part of Indonesia is indeed very unique for its architectural design. You can follow the praying process but not until third floor. There are 16 types of ritual ceremonies for different purposes.
In addition, this temple with Chinese classic architecture has also some regular events to commemorate such as the Imlek (the Chinese new year) and the Toa Peh Kong in February.
The Toa Peh Kong is a Chinese tradition brought by Chinese ancestors to North Sulawesi. When these celebrations take place, the temple is usually crowded and shows many Chinese cultural attractions such as Barongsai (the Lion Dance), ince pia (Invulnerability show), Pikulan (decorated carriages with religious symbols), and Kuda Lo Cia. These attractions usually show groups of dancers and traditional Kabasaran dancers and bamboo music.
Since this temple is located in Manado city center, you can find many
hotels to stay. You can choose three-star or ordinary hotels. It will
take only about 15 to 20 minutes to go to this temple from any part of
Since this temple is located within the China Town, you can find many
Chinese foods around. You can try loba i.e., sliced pork with tapioca
sauces. It tastes sweet and is only for Rp 10 thousand per portion.
Not much things you can buy in this temple because it is basically a
worship house for Tridharma followers.
It is best to visit this temple in February because Chinese New Year and Cap Go Meh are usually celebrated here. Various attractive performances are shown for local community and tourists.
Quoted from : http://www.indonesia.travel/en/destination/100/ban-hin-kiong-temple