Muaratakus monastery, (in) Muaratakus, Riau, ID

Raw data

"The large and quite well-known temple in Sumatera is Muara Takus temple, situated in the Province of Riau, precisely at the village of Muara Takus, the sub district of Tigabelas Koto, Kampar district. Not so far from its upper stream, Kampar River flows into two branches, Kampar Kanan and Kampar Kiri rivers (Right and Left Branches). By the bank of the Sungai Kampar Kanan there is the village of Muara Takus. Most part of Muara Takus temple is built from red bricks. This temple is different from the other ruins discovered in the North of Sumatera; it is a Buddhist one. The existing of this temple is estimated having close relationship with the Kingdom of Sriwijaya and an indication that Muara Takus once serves as the harbour for the ships. This prediction can be reasonable because the Sriwijaya’s men were the brilliant sailors who were able to sail along Kampar far to the upper stream. Learning I-Ching [= Learned Yijing - tmc] notes, some people come to their conclusion that the area of Muara Takus had been the city of the Kingdom of Sriwijaya or at least as the port town that had ever been the Buddhist learning center, the place the pilgrimages from China, India, and other countries learning the sciences." PNRI (2000:Sumatra)

The site consists of 4 temple buildings, and a stupa - PNRI (2000:Muara Takus)

Input by: tmciolek, Aug 10, 2010

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 10 Aug 2010

Lat/Long coordinates' accuracy:
The monastery in question is assumed to be situated actually no farther than 2 km from the point defined by the coordinates below.

Location of Muaratakus [monastery?], ID.

General location of the Muaratakus [monastery?], ID.
Lat 0.3457 Long 100.6502
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2010.

Google Map link:[monastery?],%20ID)&ll=0.3457,100.6502&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Muaratakus [monastery?]

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • Indonesia:Provinsi Riau

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

  • Muara Takus temple - PNRI (2000:Muara Takus)

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

  • [missing data]

6. Modern name of the known nearest city, town, or village

7. The settlement's alternative/historical names

  • Muara Takus - PNRI (2000:Muara Takus)

8. The settlement's coordinates

9. Monastery's major Buddhist tradition

  • [missing data]

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

  • [missing data]

11. Date-early

  • [missing data]

12. Date-intermediate

  • The Muaratakus monastery was known in the 670s to ven.Yijing (635–713 CE) - PNRI (2000:Sumatra)

MBM chrono-tag: 0633-66p 0667-99c 0700-32p - tmciolek 03 Oct 2013
0633-66p 0667-99c 0700-32p dated-x

13. Date-late

  • [missing data]

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

  • [missing data]

15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • archaeological, memoirs of a pilgrim

16. Additional notes

  • A famous place of learning - PNRI (2000:Sumatra)

17. Corrections & addenda to this page were kindly provided by

  • [missing data]

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