Hok Tek Bio Temple, Salatiga

07 Feb 2016, my family and I came to the temple named Hok Tek Bio in Salatiga, Central Java, Indonesia.  That was my holiday with family in my hometown.  08 Feb 2016 was Chineese New Year, so the Hok Tek Bio looks so beautiful.  All was Red and very interesting.


Places of Worship Tri Dharma commonly called Hok Tek Bio temple Tiek Hok Bio.  It located in Jalan Sukowati. Hok Tek Bio is a historical witness about entry of Buddhism in Salatiga.  And along the way, Shrine Hok Bio Tiek it became a symbol of the presence of Tri Dharma adherents, namely the combination of Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism.

The influence of the teachings of Buddha had actually been going on very long. It is marked with the number found in the form of commemorative statues, yoni and inscriptions with a pattern of Hindu / Buddhist. The establishment of this temple signifies the influx of Chinese influence to this Faithful Heart City. It was not known exactly when the influence of the diaspora have entered into Salatiga which was once the fief of this. But from the identification of a number of historians, the influx of Chinese influence in Salatiga predicted to occur along with the Chinese movement to Surakarta (Solo) in the year 1740-1741.

Pagoda predominantly red and golden yellow was built around 1872. It is not clear who’s character has the idea of ​​the construction of the pagoda that has nine altar (table worship) is. But certainly, this pagoda stands on donations followers Tri Dharma at that time. The names of the churches that contributed stated in the inscription that was on the east wall of the main room with Chinese writing. The red color symbolizes happiness and success. Medium golden yellow color has a meaning divinity / religious (religusitas).

Nine altars are located in nine spaces. An open space at the front of the main building whose shape resembles the letter T upside to this is the worship space Thian Than (God Almighty). The middle room which is the main hall there is the altar of the God of Earth (Hok Tek Ching Sien) and other gods and bodyguards. To the east of the main hall there are two worship space, the space worship the Goddess of Mercy (Co Mak Kwan Im) and the worship of the god Rezeki space. While in the west the main room also has two worship space, the Goddess worship space Marine (Mak Co Thian Siang Sing Bo) and the worship space smiling Buddha (Buddha smiling).

Separated from the main building, in the west there are buildings stretching to the north containing three worship space. The most northern space is contained Siddharta Gautama Buddha altar. The middle room there is an altar Thay Lo Sang Kun and most eastern room there is an altar Prophet Confucianism. One of the uniqueness of the temple Hok Bio Tiek is there a round tampa made of bamboo hanging from the ceiling space worship God of Earth.

The black color that caused by candles smokes and swa hio is  a warning not to swear in the temple, except by court order.

For those who take an oath at the temple, but the oath was a lie, believed to be the person who swore it would receive a substantial risk of what he was doing. Its about people belief in this temple. I cannot tell about true or not, but I have huge respect about this.# (various sources)






8 thoughts on “Hok Tek Bio Temple, Salatiga

  1. Really, this your hometown? Lady, we are neighbors! I had many Chinese friends back then (I’m Javanese). We did ‘bal-balan’, ‘gelutan’.. you name it. Those good ol’ days. I wonder if ‘bakmi klenteng’ is still there across the street (last try in the early 80’s, the cook was very old, but her bakmi goreng was the best in the world) 🙂 Cheers!

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    • wow, really? nice to meet you. I don’t know if Bakmi Klenteng is still there or not, but I heard about that. Aduh, dimana tinggal sekarang? seneng banget ketemu tetangga…thanks ya sudah visit

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  2. Hello Risty, selama saya tinggal di Salatiga saya belom pernah singgah di Hok Tek Bio, menarik sekali seperti apa yang anda tulis dan foto. Saya kira Salatiga hanya sebuah kota yang (tidak ada hal menarik) biasa saja.. thank you for sharing this. Btw, do follow me ya 🙂 hehe..

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