Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya Temple

Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya Temple, Batam Center

Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya Temple

Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya Temple
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CLEMENT WONG
19 contributions
Jan 2020
The temple is so big with many many status of various Buddha Gods. We must pray with our full heart and sincerity and Buddha Gods will grant you what you wish. Good LUCK !!!.
Written February 20, 2020
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TripKatieRose
Dallas, TX72 contributions
Feb 2020
Lots of Buddah statues and a lovely coffee shop. They also have a vegan buffet. It's a quick visit. Interesting and easy in and out.
Written February 18, 2020
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Malcolm024
Batam, Indonesia232 contributions
Feb 2020
dropped in for Chinese New Year celebrations, absolutely amazing place , takes you completely away from the hectic outside world to a place of serene calmness, something I am not normally known for. They also have a restaurant on site.
Written February 15, 2020
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puahph
Singapore, Singapore288 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
3 major Halls for praying. This is a very peaceful place. There’s a vegetarian restaurant as well too. There are 12 zodiac animal with cute laughing Buddha stone carvings. Great for photo taking.
Written January 26, 2020
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313globetrotter
Singapore, Singapore427 contributions
Jan 2020
This is one of the MUST SEE sights in Batm. Almost all tour agents include this in their progamme. This is likely there are few sights in Batam. The Bulidling itself is Impressive and NEW and well maintained. The interior and exterior are very clean, with lots of parkings space for both the cars and tourists buses. There lots of carvings around, and many Deities for the Devotees to pay their respect and pray for their wishes !!! There is a vegan restaurant and offer vegan food at very reasonable prices !!! There is also a tourists selling all types of items; BUT The prices are MUCH higher than those obtainable from outside !!! Nice place for a break and a taste for vegan food !!!
Written January 11, 2020
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SOH KIEN PENG
Singapore, Singapore6,316 contributions
Jan 2020
According to my tour guide, this temple is the largest of its kind in South East Asia. But when I was there, my feeling is that our Singapore Phor Kar See Temple seem bigger than this.

We were given about 15 minutes to explore this attraction. At the back of my memory, I remember coming to this temple many years back. Batam seem to have changed much in terms of infrastructure development. The Sekupang and Batam Center ferry terminals are so different now with modern and developed pier facilities, shops, car parks and immigration counters. At the Singapore Cruise Center Departure hall, I was shocked to see the alarming swarm of Singaporeans queuing at the immigration lanes departing for Batam for a short weekend vacation.

I am not sure why the tour guide made this temple as the first attraction for us to visit. But I supposed it is in every traveler's mind to pray for a smooth and safe journey when you are in a foreign land. In Buddhist scriptures, the future world will be ruled by the Maitreya Buddha (Laughing Buddha) who shall bring peace and prosperity to this world.

The first thing that attracted me at this temple were the 12 zodiac animals sculptures that were erected beside the car park. They look cute to me especially the monkey and pig statues.

The temple is divided into 3 main chambers each dominated by a God. Both the Kwan Yin and Kwan Gong chambers are situated by the right and left side of the main Buddha chamber. The statues of the gods seem to be gold plated and look so glittering and magnificent.

Our tour guide told us that every Indonesian must declare himself the religious affiliation he believes. He must declare if his religion is Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism or if he is a Catholic. In Indonesia, you cannot declare that you are a Free Thinker.

In Batam, there are mosques, churches, Buddhist, Hindu and Taoist temples. There is also a Cheng Ho mosque that looks like a Chinese temple.

The Kwan Yin (Goddess of Mercy) and the Kwan Gong Gods are much respected and worshiped in temples because they represent the values of Benevolence, kindness and Justice while Buddha represents the universal love for every living being and the wheel of the Dharma.

I went to the rear of the temple to visit the vegetarian restaurant and saw the vegetarian buffet dishes that were sold. I understand that many Singaporeans came to Batam to make charitable donations to quite many temples in Batam and this is one of those temples that benefits greatly from the donations of Singaporeans.

When Singapore prospers, we did not forget our immediate neighbors. Batam is now the third largest city in Indonesia with a population of 1.7 million. Tourism and manufacturing from Singapore bring job opportunities to Batam and contribute to the economic prosperity of the Riau Archipelago.

And with the blessing of this Maitreya Buddha, may peace and prosperity continue to thrive so as to bring luck and happiness to this part of the world.
Written January 7, 2020
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Dee Chen
87 contributions
Dec 2019 • Friends
It is a temple featuring laughing Buddha...It feels joyous even looking at the statues around the compound. There are 3 halls for us to make our prayers. When we reached there were tour groups and was rowdy. It quieten down when we left around noon and was serene. There is a taxi service counter for us to get help for transport to get on to next venue. Nice cafe (to chill and have coffee, fruit tea) and canteen to have vegetarian meal. Don't rush in this venue...Take time to walk about. We spend about 2.5hours here.
Written December 20, 2019
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Mei
1 contribution
Oct 2019 • Friends
I have been to Batam many times but I have not been to this Maitreya Temple which I wanted to visit but was always directed me to another Chinese temple by the locals. This time I was able to visit this temple thanks to a local Chinese lady who gave me great help. Maitreya Temple is a serene and tranquil temple. Very satisfied.
Written November 20, 2019
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sKumar
4 contributions
Oct 2019
This place is one of the common visited spot by the tourist. You can see various form of Buddha. Children's can enjoy the place very well. Here you can spend 30 mins to cover the entire temple and take best shots with your camera.
Written November 6, 2019
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Alice Looi
Singapore, Singapore272 contributions
Dec 2018 • Friends
One of the must visit spots in Batam. The temple is big. Has their own canteen selling delicious buns and veg rice. Lots of foods choices. Also have a small grocery shop where we can buy local products, noodles etc. And a shop that sells all the Buddha items, including beautiful clocks and souvenirs to buy and take home. The prayer halls are big and lots of places nice to take photos.
Written October 29, 2019
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