Lumbini Natural Park (Taman Alam Lumbini) is a complex of golden pagodas and distinctive towers located at Tongkoh Village, Dolat Rayat District, Berastagi, Karo. The Buddhist house of worship is open to the public as it has some privileges that attract visitors. It takes about 3 hours to get there from Medan. To see it on the map, click here.
The park includes one central pagoda (Pagoda) and eight small pagodas. The Pagoda is a replica of the Shwedagon Pagoda in Myanmar. To the left of the Pagoda is a tower that has the height of 19.8 meters (65 ft). Underneath there are a vine tendrils of 1.5-meter (5 ft)-long gold bracelets. At the top of the Pagoda, there are dozens of bells as trimmers that will strike if the wind blows. It is the highest pagoda in Indonesia.
To get to this Pagoda, you will pass a suspension bridge as a scattering infrastructure combined with dozens of hanging lanterns. The 20-meter long bridge is known as Titi Lumbini (Lumbini Bridge). Underneath there is a beautiful garden that is nicely laid out in harmony with the natural forest atmosphere around it. The fresh air will also always accompany your walk to the Pagoda. It will be a memorable experience.
What to Expect
There is no entrance fee. You are only requested to fill in the guest book at the gate. Non-Buddhists can also get in but taking pictures is allowed outside of the Pagoda only. For Buddhists, it is a real and impressive prayer venue. To get into the Pagoda, you have to take off the footwear. No photography, food, and drink inside the Pagoda.