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The Big Buddha of Phuket, Wisata Dengan Keindahan Spiritual


Kurang lengkap rasanya jika kita berlibur ke Phuket tanpa mengunjungi The Big Buddha, salah satu landmark dari pulau tersebut yang paling penting dan dihormati oleh masyarakat lokal. Patung Buddha setinggi 45 meter ini dibangun di bukit Nakkerd antara Kata dan Chalong, 400 meter diatas permukaan laut. tempat ini juga merupakan salah satu viewpoints yang menawarkan 360 derajat pemandangan terbaik dari seluruh pulau Phuket, meliputi Phuket Town, Kata Town, Pantai Karon, dan Teluk Chalong.

The Big Buddha ini dibangun untuk memberikan penghormatan kepada sang Buddha serta membentuk suatu organisasi amal yang ditujukan untuk menyebarkan agama Buddha. Oleh karena itu dibangunlah sebuah ruangan yang disebut Gedung Iman, menampilkan sejarah pembangunan situs tersebut serta kotak sumbangan yang seluruh hasilnya digunakan untuk kegiatan amal. Disitu anda juga dapat membayar untuk sebuah lempengan marmer yang dapat ditulisi pesan atau harapan anda.

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Wat Chalong, Kuil Bersejarah Terbesar di Phuket


Wat Chalong adalah kuil Buddha paling penting di Phuket. Bila belum mengunjungi Wat Chalong, Anda bisa dikatakan belum sampai di Phuket.

Wat Chalong terletak di Tambol Chalong (atau Kecamatan Chalong) di Distrik Mueang Phuket. Kuil ini didedikasikan untuk dua biksu, Luang Pho Chaem dan Luang Pho Chuang. Dibangun pada 1837, kuil ini meyimpan banyak sejarah dan legenda. Diceritakan bahwa kuil dan para biksunya memegang peranan penting dalam pertempuran melawan pemberontakan Angyee di tahun 1876 pada masa pemerintahan Raja Rama V.
Wat Chalong adalah kuil yang paling banyak dikunjungi di Phuket.

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Diary of A Pregnant Traveller


No, I’m not pregnant again, if you’re wondering! This is a short piece of my and my husband’s journey during the 2010-2011 pregnancy period. We dubbed it as Gembolan Era.  Nggembol is the Javanese term for “bringing something in your pocket. And the pocket should be around tummy area. It may as well carrying something using your T-shirt”. OK, I give up, I lost in translation. Long story short, we called the baby inside my belly “Gembolan”. And he sure has his share of adventure while still in the womb.

This certain piece is not to encourage pregnant women out there to travel. Sure, everything is up to their own judgement – as well as their condition. And sure as hell, their willingness! I share the story so that pregnant ladies are not discouraged to travel. 

Here is the list of short and long trips we’ve taken during the Gembolan Era.

2.5 month at Taman Bunga Nusantara

2.5 month along we went to Kebun Bunga Nusantara in Cibodas West Java. Everything was fine until the returning trip. It was supposed to be a day trip. Coming out from the complex, we were supposed to follow the sign to Jakarta, that leads us to the road we were coming from. Instead, dear husband put his whole trust to the GPS. He worshipped the GPS blindly (owing this sentence to Chairman Mao).

The road was fine until it was not. We had been traveled for kilometers and the road worsened and worsened. It was no longer a paved road. And even the dirt road occasionally only fit one car. Jungle on the left, cliff on the right. And the GPS lost it way. The screen showed that the car was not on any road. It simply in the middle of nowhere.

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What to expect as a female solo traveler


I was once belong to this group. Although I’m not anymore, I am eager to share my experience during my few years often traveling alone. Yet, you ladies may have traveled alone more extensively. Please free to chip in!

1. A stranger come to you out of nowhere saying they only want to make friends. Classic pick-up line. You tend to get attention when you are traveling alone, especially in certain places. The fact that some of us have Asian-looking may contribute to the curiosity. And then BAM, suddenly a stranger come to you. He only wants to make friends. Yes, whatever. I normally put a straight face, walk faster, ignore the stranger completely. Some of you may argue that you get this a lot in some places in Jakarta, like in Sabang, Kebon Kacang, and Kampung Bali.

Me – alone in Taal Crater, the Philippines. Credit: Tripod

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Melongok Phuket dari Big Buddha


Big Buddha Phuket termasuk salah satu ikon wisata paling baru di Thailand. Didirikan di atas Bukit Nakkerd, bukan hanya patung Buddha raksasanya yang mempesona melainkan juga pemandangan sekeliling yang dapat dinikmati.

Bila Anda memiliki kesempatan untuk berkunjung ke Phuket di Thailand, tentu kunjungan ke Big Buddha jangan dilewatkan. Lokasinya sendiri tidak terlalu jauh dari kota-kota pantai seperti Kata atau Patong — tempat wisatawan biasa menginap.

Big Buddha merupakan patung yang dibuat dari marmer putih berukuran tinggi 45 meter dengan diameter dasar 25 meter. Walaupun sudah terlihat bentuknya, namun patung ini masih dalam tahap penyelesaian. Ukurannya yang sangat besar dan lokasinya yang berada di puncak bukit membuat Sang Buddha terlihat dari kejauhan.

Big Buddha Phuket berdiri dengan megah di atas Bukit Nakkerd. Foto: Olenka Priyadarsani

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