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Southeast Asia's Biggest Buddhist Temple and 4 Other Must-See Attractions in Batam

Spend your holiday in a resort in Batam and make the most of your stay by discovering the locale's top attractions. These include Southeast Asia's biggest Buddhist temple, a Malay Village, and a sultan's palace.

 
PRLog - June 18, 2014 - A holiday and stay in Turi Beach Resort in Batam will not just allow you to enjoy inspiring views of the ocean. It will also bring you close to several interesting culture points that define the locale's culture and heritage. Bearing an affluent history, this tropical destination in Indonesia has a lot to offer that will definitely keep you occupied for days on end. To make the most of your getaway, here are 5 must-see tourist attractions in Batam.

1. Biggest Buddhist Temple

Situated in Sei Panas, Vihara Duta Metria is considered as the biggest Buddhist temple in Southeast Asia. This 4.5-hectare religious complex was built in 1991. It features numerous images of Maitreya Buddha that surrounds the area and a monastery that contains several statues of Buddha Gautama, Satya Kalama, Amitabha, and other Buddhist gods and goddesses. The temple is open from 8 am to 8 pm daily. Admission is free.

2. Chain of Bridges

Regarded as the most iconic landmark in the locale, the Barelang Bridge is a chain of bridges of various types connecting Batam Island with the other smaller islands of Galang, Nipah, Rempang, Setoko, and Tonton. Tengku Fisabilillah Bridge, the longest and the most popular of the bunch, is known for its size and regal appearance.

3. Seat of a Sultan

A 60-minute boat ride from Turi Beach Resort will bring you to the historic Penyengat Island. Here, you'll find an 18th century palace that served as the seat of the Sultan of the Johor-Riau Kingdom. This structure boasts a wonderful mix of Dutch and Javanese architecture. The island is also home to the tomb of Raja Ali Haji, a 19th century Islamic scholar and historian.

4. Vietnamese Refugee Camp and Museum

If you wish to know more about Indonesian history, head to Galang Island where you'll see a restored Vietnamese refugee camp. Reopened in 2013, this complex houses a museum and features the refugees' renovated place of worship, offices, school, and residences. The Camp is located about 70 km from the downtown of Batam.

5. Malay Kampong Village

Join a Kampong Walk and discover the life of traditional Malay villagers. On this trip, you'll learn about different herbal plants that grow around the village. You'll also get a chance to catch a glimpse of the tomb of the King of Nongsa, who was the early ruler of Batam.

Travel Tip:You'll have a more affordable tour in these tourist attractions if you'll grab any of T (http://www.turibeach.com/promotions.php)uri Beach Resort's promotions. These deals can be obtained at the website of this resort in Batam.

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