Home 120,000 hectares of Kerinci Seblat National Park destroyed Muara Jambi Temple
Jambi Temple is considered one of the richest archaeological sites on
the island of Sumatra. The eight temple-like structures appear to be
Buddhist, and were probably built around the 14th century.
Archaelogists conclude that the site was
the center of Old Jambi, the capital of ancient Malay kingdom which
reigned supreme about ten centuries ago. The capital was sieged and
destroyed in 1377 by armies from Burma. For centuries, the site had been
lost and forgotten deep in the jungle, only to be rediscovered in 1920
by a British military expedition team.
Muara Jambi temple complex covers an area of 12 km2,
along the side of Batanghari river. There are eight main temples in the
complex. All of them are located in the center area, fortified by
walls. Three of them are already renovated.
In 1982, a 32-centimeters tall female
bronze statue was found at Koto Kandis, in the Muara Sabak sub district.
It is believed to be the goddest Laksmi, holding a lotus bud in her
left. In addition to the archaelogical sites, many visitors find the
riverside an ideal recreation and picnic spot.
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