Kelenteng Petak Sembilan

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Jakarta has a hundred more Kelenteng. One was an old kelenteng Jin De Yuan in the area of ​​Old Chinatown, Glodok, West Jakarta. This kelenteng was built in 1650 by a Chinese named Luitnant Hoen Kwee and named Koan or mean Teng Pavilion lm lm Koan. In 1755, this kelenteng restored Captain Tjhie Oei and named Kim Tek Ie or the Golden kelenteng of Virtue. Kim Tek Ie stood on a land area of ​​3000 square meters. Including large coal or Tay Bio as exists at several buildings. Now the temple is still standing strong, named Vihara Dharma Bhakti, but people often call it Nine plots.

Nine plots walled kelenteng. The main door is located on the southern gate of the red dragon. Left of the gate there are three buildings that lined the kelenteng. On the second page of the main kelenteng there is a south facing following two lions (Gu Shi Bao) is said to have originated from Kwangtung Province, South China. Nine major buildings dominated by the red plot. The roof of the building is curved upwards, decorated with dragons. Inside the room there are dozens of big movies, adult body height and hundreds of small candles are lit. The smell of incense smoke scattered distinctive aroma to the room. On the left side of the main building the rooms are former monks. While in the back right corner of the page there is a bell made in 1825 the oldest of all the bells kelenteng in Jakarta.

Ahead of Lunar New Year celebration, usually in the kelenteng officials are busy cleaning the iron fence and repainted with red paint. This kelenteng is never empty of visitors, especially the Chinese community who want to pray. Many of the pilgrims and tourists who come while looking ritual activities of visitors. The beauty and uniqueness of this kelenteng, is also often used as the object of shooting enthusiasts fotograpi and music video filming location. Besides the kelenteng, before the Chinese New Year festivities are felt when we were in nine plots in the area of ​​Market Glodok, West Jakarta. Prior 10 days before the Lunar Many residents of Chinese descent from all over Jakarta come to this market to buy supplies typical of celebrating the Chinese New Year.

Ahead of Lunar New Year, some snacks and knick-knacks that sells Chinese New Year. Lunkhead typical basket of cakes wrapped in leaves China or plastic, much sought after buyer. Moreover, the seller packed cardboard cake-basket with beautiful red kardsus. Much sought after cake basket buyers because in addition to eat alone and delivered to relatives as well to pray.

Assorted dry sweets such as kana, plum fruit and sweetened orange peel is also widely sold in this market. There are yet some are already packed in a sealed cardboard packaging. Foods that taste sweet like candy and sweets are also sought a buyer. Chinese people regard it as a symbol of the sweet life. Therefore both light snack is often served at Chinese New Year to celebrate the new year brings sweetness. Lunar typical fruit is also the target buyer, such as citrus, lychee and plum fruit. Citrus fruits, especially citrus mandarin, grapefruit Io and also hired a lot of buyers. Oranges are considered Chinese citizens as a fruit that symbolizes brotherhood and harmony.

Nine plots were in the market in advance before the Chinese New Year, among the crowd of sellers and buyers, clearly giving its own nuances. This market presents a different atmosphere compared to other traditional markets. A row of lanterns and Lunar typical trinkets other traders sold red on the left side of the road, as if we were bringing in one corner of a crowd in China.

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