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“Bandar Lampung's Chinese Temple” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Thay Hin Bio Temple

Thay Hin Bio Temple
| Jalan Ikan Kakap, Bandar Lampung, Indonesia
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“Bandar Lampung's Chinese Temple”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2008

Bandar Lampung is a pleasant city with some nice bay views but it is seriously lacking in 'sights'. It boasts very little architecture from the colonial period and it is impossible to recommend any 'must-see' buildings. Perhaps the one most likely to interest tourists is the Thay Hin Bio Temple, a colourful and attractive Chinese temple that remains an active place of worship.

Jalan Ikan Kakap (Kakap Fish Street) is the closest thing Bandar Lampung has to a 'Chinatown'. Most of the shops along this street have Chinese shop-keepers. Some of them sell local specialty snacks from Lampung province. There is really not that much to see but it is one of Bandar Lampung's more interesting streets and it can be easily combined with a trip to the nearby Krakatoa Monument. The highlight of a trip to this street will be a visit to the temple. It is of no great antiquity. The whole of this part of the city was levelled by the 1883 tidal-wave which resulted from the Krakatoa eruption. But it is the oldest and most attractive Chinese temple in town, and probably this side of Palembang. Its red and gold mural paintings and snaking incense smoke make it an atmospheric place to check out. It is kept in good condition by the many devotees from Bandar Lampung's lively Chinese community.

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