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“Temple With A Character” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Tay Kak Sie Temple

Tay Kak Sie Temple
Gang Lombok No. 62 Kranggan, Semarang, Indonesia
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Ranked #4 of 23 Attractions in Semarang
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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“Temple With A Character”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

Tay Kak Sie is a quaint little Chinese temple built in the 18th century. It is definitely not a big temple but it sure exudes all the feel and charm of an ancient house of worship.

It is located on a plot of land next to a river in the Chinatown (Pecinan) area of Semarang and everything in the temple from the altars, idols, statues, statuettes, tablets, paintings, ornaments, etc all have withstood the test of time and have an original & antique look about them. A number of different deities are worshipped in this temple, including "Kuan Yin" and "Sam Poh Kong". The architectural design of this temple is also unique especially the dragon sculptures and motifs that adorn the roof tops as well as the roof edges (see pics).

Along the narrow road leading to this temple is another famous attraction, the Lunpia Gang Lombok shop, which sells arguably the best spring rolls in Semarang or even the whole of Indonesia.

Visited March 2012
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“Semarang's Finest Chinese Temple”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

This little temple is far from Semarang's most famous Chinese temple. That honour goes to the so-called Sam Po temple, which is a major pilgrimage site and now draws tour buses. But we don't like Sam Po. It is showy and commercialized and really is just the most generic looking Chinese temple imaginable, right down to modern roof tiles and tacky Disneyland-style Chinese guardian statues. To see the real thing, head into the back alleys of this city's large old town and track down the Tay Kak Sie Temple. Dating from the 1740s with lots of attractive red and gold woodwork, altars and attractive roof ornamentation, this is a lovely, authentic merchant's temple with loads of period charm.

Visited December 2011
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