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The beautifully designed Ban Hin Kiong Temple in the heart of Manado’s China Town is 335 years old and is the oldest Chinese temple built here during the Qing Dynasty era in China (1644-1911). It is a house of worship for the Tridharma followers from Manado and the region.
The name Ban Hin Kiong consists of three words, Ban meaning “plenty”, Hin meaning “abundant favors” and Kiong meaning “palace”. Therefore, Ban Hin Kiong means a holy palace that exudes much happiness. At Ban Hin Kiong, a number of annual events are held every Chinese New Year and at Goan Siao or Cap Go Meh.
It is best to visit the temple in February during Chinese New Year and Cap Go Meh celebrations. Various attractive performances and parades are held for the local community and for tourists.
This red temple looks elegant and attractive with ornaments on all sides. The ornaments are symbols that depict the holy message about the creation of the sky, the earth and human beings. Together they represent the image of God in all his virtues in one integrated, harmonized and complete totality.
On the rear wall you will find carved paintings. The central panel shows a child who is trying to pick a fruit with an old man standing beside him. This symbol means that anyone who plants will enjoy its fruits. There are many other meaningful symbols that remind us about God's powers.
Visitors are allowed to enter the praying area of the Tridharma followers in this three-story building, but must take off their shoes at the front entrance.
The Ban Hin Kiong Temple is located at D.I. Panjaitan Street in Manado, which is the center of the city’s China Town where are found many shrines and temples, homes and interesting markets run by Chinese. The temple is strategically located and is easily reached by public transport, by mikrolet or taxis. Visitors can also rent a car or motorcycle to tour China Town.