Situated 120 kms from the provincial capital of Pekanbaru, the ancient Buddhist temple complex of Muara Takus is the best historical site in the region. Featuring the only ancient Mahayana Buddhist stupa in Indonesia, as well as a terraced temple and some sparkly sandstone ornamentation, this site is a rare reminder of Sumatra's Hindu-Buddhist past.
On the down side, it is off the main road in a remote area, so you will have to rent a taxi from Pekanbaru to get out here, which will set you back at least a couple of hundred thousand rupiah. But it is worth it to view one of South-East Asia's lesser known historical sites.
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