Nam Hai Kwan Se Im Pu Sa Monastery in Pelabuhan Ratu, West Java Indonesia


The entrance gate to the monastery

Nam Hai Kwan Se Im Pu Sa monastery is located in the Loji District, which is  in the Village Kertajaya, Simpenan District, Sukabumi, West Java Province. It  is a unique place for worship. It is not  only used as a place for worship, this monastery also becomes an interesting destination for tourists. It is located on a hill facing to the sea of  Indian ocean. It makes this monastery to have  a beautiful sea view and exotic scenery.

The Jailud god altar

Located about 25 km from Pelabuhan Ratu and 80 km from Sukabumi City, Vihara which has another name Dewi Kwan Im Temple and also Loji Vihara is built on the initiative of Anotahi Kamonwathin, who was a Thai citizen.

The woman, also known as Mama Airin, dreamed that she had to build a monastery on the coast. He believed that the temple seen in his dreams had been built, precisely at the time of the Qing dynasty. But the monastery disappeared with time.

Sea view from the monastery

Her  efforts began by searching for a vacant lot to build the temple. The search started from Thailand, until entering Indonesia. Southern area  and Malang also had been  searched, but the results obtained was none. Until finally Mama Airin got the news that there is a plot of land located in the Pelabuhan Ratu, Sukabumi.
Mama Airin’s heart felt happy because the location of the land was very similar to the one was seen in her dream.  Eventually, the temple or the monastery was built and completed in August 8, 2000.


The altar that face to the Indian ocean. Very breath-taking view


Versi Indonesia.

Kuil atau Vihara Nam Hai Kwan Se Im Pu Sa yang juga disebut sebagai kuil Dewi Kwan Im ini terletak disebuah desa kecil bernama Kertajaya atau Loji Kecamatan Simpenan Palabuhan Ratu Kabupaten Sukabumi. Lokasinya berjarak kurang lebih 25 kilometer  dari pusat kota Palabuhan Ratu. Akses masih buruk menjadikan tempat ini kurang dikenal. Namun jalan buruk itu bukan halangan untuk mereka yang merindukan kedamaian dan kedekatan dengan Sang Pencipta Semesta Alam.  Itulah laku mati raga peziarah yang ingin menemukan kedamaian dan bersatu dengan alam.

Disepanjang jalan menuju Vihara Nam Hai Kwan Se Im Pu Sa kita akan melewati beberapa pantai yang indah, diantaranya adalah pantai Cipunaga. Ada yang menarik dari Pantai ini, yakni terdapat banyak karang – karang besar yang memiliki nama tersendiri seperti karang kecil, karang besar, karang perahu, karang bolong, dan karang merah.

The pilgrimage worshiped in Kwan Im goddess altar.


Berdiri diatas sebuah bukit landai yang menghadap langsung ke Laut lepas, Vihara Nam Hai Kwan Se Im Pu Sa ini akan menjadi tempat yang cocok untuk menyegarkan jiwa dan pikiran disela – sela kepenatan rutinitas kerja.

 

The pilgrimage were  entering the main gate of the monastery

 

Keywords : Travelling photography,  Travel Diary, Travelling Photographer

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About Arif Wibowo

Passion on Photography Live in Jakarta, Indonesia. Working in oil and gas company. Like traveling, bicycle, and photography. Born in Sukabumi, West Java. Graduate from Physics ITB 1985.
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