Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Sam Poo Kong, A Chinese Temple

A Chinese temple lies in Simongan, Semarang. The history of this temple is connected to the voyage of Admiral Cheng Ho in 1430-1433 during Ming Dynasty. He was on the trade and peace mission. Admiral Cheng Ho is believed as Moslem; his stopped by in port Simongan and settled in a cave there. Nowadays, this temple becomes pilgrimage site not only for Kong Hu Cu or Chinese ethnic but also for cross religion and culture people.

Besides the main temple, there are small temples as tombs of Cheng Ho’s assistants. Named after parts of Admiral’s ship. Kyai Djangkar (the ship’s anchor), Kyai Cundrik Bumi (arms brought by the ship), Kyai Tumpang (the chef) and Kyai Jurumudi (steersman)

The architecture is very Chinese culture with red and gold colors, it is full of Chinese ornamental designs in every corner. The ceilings are decorated with red lampions. There are also paintings, sculptures and wall relief that filled with the story of the voyage.


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