The island of Java is known to have many historical relics in the form of temples, namely the most popular ones such as Borobudur Temple, Prambanan Temple, Ratu Boko Temple, and others. It turns out that in the Sumatra area there are also historical relics in the form of temples, the name is Muaro Jambi Temple.
This temple is even claimed to have a size eight times larger than Borobudur temple. This temple is the largest Hindu Buddhist temple complex in Southeast Asia.
The area of the temple complex itself reaches 3981 hectares, so it is not surprising that it is said to be eight times that of Borobudur temple. The following is complete information about this Muaro temple.
This temple is a relic of the Srivijaya kingdom and the Malay kingdom. The location of the temple itself is in Batang Hari, Maro Sebo District, Muaro Jambi Regency, Jambi. This temple is the largest and most well-preserved temple complex.
History of the Discovery of Muaro Jambi Temple
According to its history, this temple was first reported by a lieutenant from England named S.C Crooke in 1824. Crooke was originally tasked with conducting a watershed mapping for military purposes, and accidentally found the temple.
The Indonesian government itself only carried out restoration and maintenance of the temple in 1975, which was directly led by R. Soekmono. R. Soekmono is the first archaeologist from Indonesia, who was also in charge of leading the restoration of the Borobudur temple.
Based on the script carvings on the temple plate, it is estimated that this temple has existed since the 7-12 century AD. In this temple complex, there are about nine temples with Buddhist patterns, namely Kotomahligai, Kedaton, Gumpung, Gedong Satu, Gedong Dua, Telago Rajo, Kembar Batu, Astano temples and also Tingi temples.
Muaro Jambi Temple Used For Educational and Religious Interest
Currently, Muaro Jambi temple is mostly used for study or education purposes and as a place for religious ceremonies. There are still many researchers who come to this temple to find new things or to unravel the mystery behind the temple.
As a tourist place, this temple is also worth a visit because the shape of the temple is very beautiful and interesting.
How to get to Muaro Jambi Temple
If you want to travel to Jambi and see the beauty of this temple, it’s also very easy. To get to this temple complex, it takes only about 30 minutes from the city of Jambi. The road access has now also been enlarged.
Along the way, you will be spoiled with views of the lush trees and the Batanghari river, which is the longest river in Sumatra. You can also see the beauty of the house, there is a traditional Jambi Malay, which makes your trip more enjoyable. Those are some information regarding Muaro Jambi Temple.