Cemara Asri Monastery

Maha Vihara Maitreya

Cemara Asri Monastery is the largest Buddhist temple in Southeast Asia. The location is on Jalan Cemara Asri in Medan. It’s official name is Maha Vihara Maitreya. To see it on the map, click here.

What’s Special

Cemara Asri Monastery is a place of worship for Buddhists adherent in Medan in particular, and North Sumatra in general. It came against the background of the large number of ethnic Chinese living in the city. And, in accordance with its name, Maitreya, this temple is very thick with the teachings of Maitreya Buddha. It teaches love of the universe.

Even though one of the largest temples in Indonesia, but the interior is graced Maha Vihara Maitreya looks simple and provides a calm and silent, thus adding solemnity of worship.

Cemara Asri Monastery building consists of three main rooms. The first building there is a common Baktisala that is a place of worship Buddha Sakyamuni, Bodhisattva and the Bodhisattva Satyakalama Avolokitesvara. The building has a capacity of 1,500 people.

In the second building of the Maitreya Baktisala area with a capacity of 2,500 people. In this section there are also has Baktisala Holy Patriarch. In addition, there is a banquet hall as a special dining room reception.

Meanwhile, the third building is a meeting hall with a capacity of 2,000 people. All the buildings has guest house, only guesthouse in one building has the most complete facilities, namely the existence of office space, meeting rooms, recording studios and a communal kitchen.

This temple also decorated with various statues of dragons and mythical animals reliefs on the walls of the monastery like a phoenix and dragon. On the right temple also contained a floating teapot fountain.

What to Enjoy

Cemara Asri Monastery is the largest of its kind in Indonesia. This can be seen immediately from the building which is indeed large and magnificent. In general, it is divided into three main buildings, namely the general Baktisala, the Maitreya Baktisala and the meeting hall.

The total building in this monastery can accommodate at least 6,000 people. Apart from being a place of worship for Buddhists, this monastery is also commonly used as a meeting hall or wedding reception.

Complete with children’s playground facilities, souvenir shops, restaurants, even each building has a guesthouse which includes office space, meeting rooms, recording studios and a public kitchen.

What to Expect

There is no entrance ticket to Cemara Asri Monastery, but you need to dress modestly to enter the area.

What Visitors Say

“A good place for praying for Buddhists. There are a lot of great things to see and learn as well as great landscape to take photos. Even non-Buddhists come to take pictures. The cafeteria has many choices of vegan food, too.” Steven Susanto (Source)

“A very nice place to visit. It has religious knowledge alongside tourists attraction and even school for children. Had very good time here. Got lots of knowledge about the place and history. This place has cafe and food shop with pure vegan dishes. I loved the food here. The people here are very friendly and helpful. Met very nice and decent staff. My recommendation that all tourists and even local people should visit this place. Highly recommended place for tourism with added benefits of knowledge. My appreciation to staff for good maintenance of the facilities.” Asif Babur (Source)

“This place of worship is also very crowd with local people whenChinese New Year celebrations and Cap Go Meh. Even so, the condition of this house of worship remains calm and conducive so that visitors who come do not disturb the Buddhists who are worshiping.” kenichapedia (Source)

“Unlike tourist destinations in general, Maha Vihara Maitreya is quite empty of visitors so we can still enjoy the tranquility. Sometimes there are groups that come but not always every day. For those who want to find serenity and a beautiful atmosphere, then visiting this place is the right choice.” travelwithemil (Source)