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Island of the Kings

16 August 2018

Embark on a journey back to the reign of Kings and Queens who once ruled the islands of the Riau Kingdom; stretching from what is now part of Indonesia, to Singapore and beyond to southern Malaysia. Admire the dense verdure on the slopes of the island's highest peak as you cruise pass Gunung Bintan. You will soon reach the jetty at Tanjung Pinang, the biggest town and capital of Bintan Island for a pompong (small ...

Island of the Kings2020-04-22T14:57:28+00:00

Gods & Dragons

16 August 2018

Look out for the 340 metres tall Gunung Bintan, the island's highest icon set amongst lush greenery enroute to the first location of the tour. The quest to witness the perfect co-existence of Gods and Dragons begins as you step into a setting that could very well be in Mainland China at Vihara Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva (500 Lohan Temple). Featuring magnificient structures and unique stone statures of over 500 arhats, the site is a hidden gem ...

Gods & Dragons2020-03-23T16:00:59+00:00

Akau Potong Lembu

24 September 2018

Functioning as a carpark in the day, Akau Potong Lembu sees a stream of hawkers pushing in their food carts in the late afternoon and transforms into an open-air hawker centre at night. It is popular amongst natives of Tanjung Pinang for its cheap and delicious local fare.   There is a large majority of Chinese tenants here, hence its common to hear dialects such as Hokkien or Teochew. This also means that many mouth-watering ...

Akau Potong Lembu2019-09-13T16:45:41+00:00

Vihara Avalokitesvara Graha

24 September 2018

Marvel at one of the tallest statues of the Goddess of Mercy in Southeast Asia at Vihara Avalokitesvara Graha (also commonly known as Guan Yin Temple), situated a short drive away from the main town hub of Tanjung Pinang. This grand and majestic brass statue is 16.8m tall and coated in 22 carat gold, and attracts visitors from the region and around the world.   Explore the grounds of the temple and find intricate motifs ...

Vihara Avalokitesvara Graha2019-08-02T16:49:22+00:00

Vihara Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva (500 Lohan Temple)

24 September 2018

Also known as the 500 Lohan Temple, Vihara Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva is one of Bintan's best hidden treasures. Located in Kijang (South Bintan), the premise is just a short drive away from the main bustling scene of Tanjung Pinang. Step into the temple grounds and be transported into surreal settings of towering structures and the highlight—more than 500 life-sized (Lohan/arhat) stone statues with intricate physique and facial expressions, each one unique and different from the next. ...

Vihara Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva (500 Lohan Temple)2018-09-24T18:25:41+00:00