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15 May 2008

Vihara Avalokistesvara Siantar Burned!

Category: News — kamaruddin @ 3:58 pm

It’s sad news. Approaching the great Vesak (20/5), Vihara Avalokitesvara in Siantar was on fire due to electrical short last Sunday (11/5). It is one of the most admirable Vihara that has the greatest Guan Yin statue in South East Asia thus awarded by MURI (Indonesia’s Record Museum). Luckily the statue is still intact.

The incident took 7 lives; Monk Yu Chen, teacher Sudjat Widodo, Ai Cin & Ai Nie (siblings), Yie Ciu Hong, Dian Pirgunawan & Nizar (employees); and leaving several critical victims as reported by Harian Global.

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(Pictures are courtesy of Harian Global)


1. Vihara Avalokitesvara Siantar Terbakar Tujuh Tewas, Termasuk Bhiksu Seik You Cen
2. 6 Orang Diselamatkan Dari Lubang Angin
3. Avalokitesvara Siantar Terbakar, 7 Tewas
4. Dian Perdiawan, Karyawan yang Tewas dalam Kebakaran Vihara
5. Isu Tidak Sedap Mencuat Pasca Terbakarnya Vihara Avalokitesvara


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8 August 2007

Biggest Avalokitesvara Boddhisatva Statue in Siantar

Category: Miscellaneous — kamaruddin @ 4:00 pm

If you’re traveling to Siantar or on an excursion to Lake Toba in Prapat, have a stop off at Vihara Avalokitesvara in Pane street, Siantar. Help yourself to pray (for Buddhist) or admire the statue of Kwan Im (Quan Yin) that is recorded by MURI (Indonesia’s Record Museum) as the biggest Avalokitesvara Bodhissatva Statue in Indonesia.

Kwan Im statue in Siantar was built in 3 years and made public on 15th November 2005. The 22.8 meters granite statue was ordered from China as the heighest statue in South East Asia.

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