Muaro Jambi Temple and Cultural Heritage
Jambi, the Center of Sumatra, is not one of famous tourist destinations in Indonesia. However, this region actually has some treasures of wonderful tourism spots. Naming some of them such as the Mount of Kerinci and Kayu Aro Tea Plantation, Berhala Island, Gao Semurup Hot Springs and Geysers, Gumpung Temple, Bukit Dua Belas National Park, Muaro Jambi Temple and Cultural Heritage and some others.
Moreover, Jambi also has its own batik whose motives different from other regions in Indonesia, mostly dominated with flora and fauna. The colors of batik are colorful which represents the impression of happiness and well-being.
Currently, many visitors come to Jambi for a business trip since the region has vast palm oil plantation and a source of oil/natural gas. Direct flights are available from Jakarta or Batam City and it only takes around 40 minutes by air. Therefore, while doing your business trip in Jambi, you may visit those wonderful destinations to make your trip more joyful.
Muaro Jambi Temple
One of must visit destinations in Jambi is the Muarojambi Temple Compound Site. It is in the Muarojambi Village, Muaro Jambi Regency, Jambi Province. From Sultan Thaha Airport, your can reach the site in less than one hour through land transportation or through the river from the Batanghari River. Old canals or man-made rivers are there to connect the Batanghari River with the site. The site covers an area of 2,062 hectares where around 82 ancient buildings, Sumatra endemic plants and primary and secondary vegetations are living.
According to UNESCO, the Muaro Jambi Temple Compound Site has unique value due to the universal value of its cultural heritage findings and the preserved environment as well as it reflected technology and architectural development.
Based on archaeology research and historical sources, the Muaro Jambi Temple was once the center of worship and education of the Buddhist religion in the 7 to – 14th Century AD. The site itself is quite clean and peaceful since the local community always maintains it very well. In addition, local communities also provide bicycles for rent for visitors at very reasonable price only Rp. 10,000,- or less than $1 for an hour. There is also canoe rent available for children to play at the small rivers in the middle of the site.
Explore Muaro Jambi Temple with the Local Guide
For you to easily planning your trip to visit Muaro Jambi Temple, you may consider booking the trip through YoExplore’s merchant. By doing so, you will get following experiences while exploring Muaro Jambi Temple Compound Site:
- You will have the opportunity to meet and greet local people and have lunch with one of the villager’s house. Tempoyak and finding can are two of the best local foods that you can taste with them;
- Visiting local workshop and learn how to weave a mat;
- Watching a mask traditional dance presented by local artisans while enjoying the afternoon scenery of the village; and
- In the next morning, assisted by the local guide, you may visit the Batanghari Riverbanks where you can book a traditional boat and go around the river while enjoying the sunrise. Since the sunshine is quite warm, so don’t forget to bring a hat; furthermore, you may continue to explore other temples such as Gedong, Kedaton and Koto Mahligai.