01 March 2013

Bali - Gilimanuk get a giant Buddha statue

Gilimanuk, the most western port on the island of Bali and departure point for ferries to East Java, will soon be home to the largest Buddhist statue in Indonesia.

Erected at a cost of Rp. 1 billion the 25-meter-high statue of the Lord Buddha will be housed in the Empu Astapaka Monastery. The statue will be formally inaugurated on June 6, 2013.

The Empu Astapaka Monastery commemorated the visit of a Buddhist scholar who traveled in Bali in the 15th century and whose family traces to the Siwaistic Brahmin family of the island.

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