Buddhism Pagoda "Vihara Vipassana"
This "vihara" was constructed by a rich Thai Indonesian businessman through his company in 1992 and was inaugurated by the Indonesian Minister of Religious Affairs in 1995.
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The story of this Vihara Vipassana dated back to 1985, where a monk from Thailand came to Bandung for a retreat. The local Buddhist community, together with a different monk from Thailand, finally could secure an area, where they could start building their vihara, which is where this Vihasa Vipassana is currently standing. Today, this vihara has 7 Indonesian and Thai monks, who live in this monastery for doing meditation and worship.
|Location||:||Jl. Kol Masturi No. 69 (about 3 kilometers [1.86 miles] from Jalan Raya Lembang, near "Sapu Lidi" restaurants)|
|Telephone||:||+62 22 2787664, +62 819812009 (by SMS)|
|Fax||:||+62 22 2787665|
|Operating hours||:||daily, 6am-6pm|
|Facilities||:||toilets, parking space, bookstore, souvenir shop, library|
|How to get there||:||by angkot: take the one from "Ledeng" angkot terminal that goes to the "Lembang" direction (fare: Rp. 3,000 for about 20 minute drive) and get off when you see a “Cisarua” direction signboard on the right side of the road (next to a police box/post or approximately 6.5 kilometers/4.04 miles from Ledeng terminal). From there, you can continue by another angkot that goes to “Cisarua” (fare: Rp. 3,000 about 20 minute drive). By ojek: from Ledeng angkot terminal (fare: Rp. 10,000) or from Jalan Raya Lembang, fare: Rp. 7,500 for a 30 minute ride|
|Remarks||:||Vihara Vipassana will be crowded, especially on religious holidays, such as Katina and Vesak days. It is advisable to dress appropriately (no short pants, short skirts, or tank top). Sarongs are available for those, who wear short pants. The canteen is open only on Sunday. Take off your shoes/sandals before entering the temple.|
Gua Maria Karmel
It was said that originally this place consisted of a church and a dormitory for Dutch nuns, but since Indonesia declared its independence, things changed and today there are no more Dutch nuns nor dormitories . However, the old small church is still standing beautifully after recent renovations were finished in 1989.
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Here in Gua Maria Karmel, there are two different “pathways” for visitors. Along the first path, visitors will see fourteen different statues, which describe the famous “Via Dolorosa” and the second path is the path heading to Gua Maria Karmel, where visitors can pray privately, overlooking hills in front of the area.
There is a market on Sunday morning at the small entrance street to the church, where locals sell vegetables and fruits grown from their own backyards.
|Location||:||Jl. Karmel II/51, Lembang|
|Telephone||:||+62 22 2786152|
|Operating hours||:||Gua Maria Karmel opens daily, 7am-7pm. Church opens daily, 6am-4pm. Misa (Mass) schedule: Monday-Friday, 6:30am; Saturday, 5:45pm; Sunday, 8am|
|Nearby facilities||:||ATMs, internet cafés, mini markets, pharmacies|
|Nearby attractions||:||Statue of Milking Cow, Vihara Vipassana|
|How to get there||:||by angkot: before "Pasar (market) Lembang", there is a direction sign of Gua Maria Karmel just next to the hotel "Pesona Bambu". From Ledeng angkot terminal, you can take angkot that goes to Lembang and take off in Hotel Pesona Bambu (fare: Rp. 3.000) in 20 minutes|
|Remarks||:||there is a big signboard at the entrance saying that Gua Maria Karmel is not for group visits since individuals come to the place mostly for praying, other restrictions are also mentioned, written in Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian language) only. Taking photos is not allowed.|
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