The Temple that Was Never There Before

When I was 14, I used to go to Cemara Asri area during weekends and helped out with our family-owned F&B business. Less than 1 km from our place was a long-undergoing construction to build one of the biggest Buddhist temples in North Sumatra.

Some sources even went as far to say that it’s one of the biggest in the entire South East Asia, but with many great temples around, I find that claim kinda dubious.

Anyway, fast forward four years and the Maha Vihara Adhi Maitreya temple was still not completed. I left my hometown in Medan with no slightest idea about what the temple looks like, and in fact it’s been erased from my memory.

When I return more than half a decade later, it was a pleasant surprise to see the huge temple for the first time. Oh dear, things have changed so much. And look at those pictures, it’s beautiful…

Maha Vihara Adhi Maitreya, Cemara Asri, Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia

Maha Vihara Adhi Maitreya, Cemara Asri, Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia

Maha Vihara Adhi Maitreya, Cemara Asri, Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia

Maha Vihara Adhi Maitreya is more than just a temple for prayers, but it’s also a center for educating the public on art, culture, moral and social values.

There are more to this place than just beautiful, complex religious sculptures. But if you walk around the site, you’ll also find a few bright orange buildings surrounding a koi fish pond, guarded by a huge Kwan Yin.

Maha Vihara Adhi Maitreya, Cemara Asri, Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia

Maha Vihara Adhi Maitreya, Cemara Asri, Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia

Maha Vihara Adhi Maitreya, Cemara Asri, Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia

And a huge teapot pouring some fresh water at the other end of the temple.

Maha Vihara Adhi Maitreya, Cemara Asri, Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia

Even if religious sites are not your thing, the Cemara Asri area is also well-known for the food. Most of them opens after 5 pm, but some opens afternoon too. So if you fancy some great delicacies and have a little extra time, by all means go there.

Have you ever re-visited a place to find out an interesting new building has been built there?

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