Muara Takus – Equatorial Buddhist Temple
Muara Takus Buddhist Temple is located a couple of hours drive away from Pekanbaru, in the Riau region of central Sumatra.
This place is located smack bang on the Equator, in the dead centre of Sumatra.
Muara Takus is not mentioned in the guidebook that I’m using. And that would be a fair indicator of why I was the only non-Indonesian there on the day I visited.
The only way I know about this place is via the local Bertuah Blogging Community which is based in Pekanbaru, in central Sumatra.
They told me about this magnificent place and wanted to show me this part of the world, and I’m glad they did.
Muara Takus Pictures
If you were trying to get here as an independent traveller, it’s a bit difficult. You have to take the road from Pekanbaru to Padang, be dropped off on the side of the road at the turn-off (which is not easy to spot), and then maybe ask a local for a motorbike ride to Muara Takus.
I visited another of the Sriwijaya Empire temples near Jambi called Muara Jambi which is a spectacular work in progress – watch out for this post in a few days.
One member of the Bertuah Blogging Community, Syahruh, grew up around this area. He is so passionate about this place, that he wants more people to come and visit.
So the least I could do was create a post about Muara Takus!
More Muara Takus Stuff
For more info on the great island of Sumatra, check out Footprint Sumatra Handbook: The Travel Guide.