Muara Takus

Muara Takus

Muara Takus (Indonesian: Candi Muara Takus) is a Buddhist temple complex, thought to belong to the Srivijaya empire. It is situated in Kampar Regency in Riau province, Sumatra, Indonesia. Its surviving temples and other archaeological remains are thought to date to the eleventh and twelfth century AD. It is one of the largest and best-preserved ancient temple complexes in Sumatra.

The Muara Takus temple site is surrounded by a wall measuring 74 x 74 meters, made of white stone with a wall height of ± 80 cm, outside the area there is also an earthen wall measuring 1.5 x 1.5 kilometers, surrounding this complex to the edge of the Kampar River. Right. Inside this complex there are several temple buildings called the eldest/old temple, the youngest temple, the Mahligai Stupa and Palangka.

Archaeological experts have not been able to determine with certainty when this temple site was founded. Some say the 4th century, some say the 7th century, 9th century even in the 11th century. However, this temple is considered to have existed in the golden age of Srivijaya, so that some historians consider this area to be one of the administrative centers of the Sriwijaya kingdom.

In 2009 Muara Takus Temple was nominated to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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