Muara Takus is a temple complex that located in Muara Takus Village, Koto Kampar District, Pekanbaru, Riau. It precisely located about 135 km from Pekanbaru city off the main road to Bukittinggi, and about 2.5 km from the center of the village of Muara Takus, not far from the edge of River Kampar Kanan. The complex is standing in the midst of Sumatra’s rain forests which surrounded by a wall of 74 x 74 meters which is surrounded again by a dirt wall 1.5 x 1.5 km.
Within this complex there are four other temples that near to one and another, which is Candi Sulung, Candi Bungsu, Candi Mahligai and Candi Palangka. And six other buildings, namely:
- The first building: a heap of soil with two holes, thought of being a place for cremation.
- Second building: The rectangular building of which the foundation was made of sand, building had an unknown function.
- Third building: A rectangular buidling with a size of 3 mx 2.4 m which is located outside the wall perimeter.
- Fourth building: Foundation of dirt where in the middle there is a big stone. Unknown function.
- Fifth and sixth building: The building is only a foundation.
What makes Muara Takus unique can be seen when you step in the the front yard of the complex. The Muara Takus looks the same as the Buddhist stupas in Myanmar, stupas in Vietnam, stupas in Sri Langka and the ancient stupas in India. In the temple complex, there are historical relics of the Sriwijaya kingdom. It is still a mystery when these Buddhist remains were actually built, estimates are they have been constructed either in the 2nd, 4th 7th or 9th century. To get to Muara Takus is easiest from Pekanbaru, the provincial capital of Riau, using private vehicles or public transportation.
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