Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva / 500 Arahants
Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva / 500
Arahants Temple is built on a hilltop with many stone sculptures statues
of 500 arahants, guanyin & etc. It's very relaxing and windy with nice
view and we can see many nice sculptures statues in this open air concept
temple. The air is so refreshing even the local said they'll feel happy
after visitting the temple. The temple is located at Jalan Nusantara km
13 Kijang, Tanjung Pinang.
Avalokitesvara Graha Temple
The biggest building become
landmark shows Dharmasala Shrine as the main building. A statue of Goddess
Kuan Im (the figure is in sitting position with height of 16.8-meter)
is placed inside the shrine, is claimed to be the biggest in Asia & become
the symbol name of Avalokitesvara. The statue is made of brass coated
with 22 carat gold. The gate of the monastery is located right on the
edge of the highway. While the main building Shrine (Main Dharmasala)
is about 500 meters inside. Monastery's main building shows the typical
building style of ancient Chinese kingdom.
Banyan Tree Temple
An unusual chinese temple sitting
below a gigantic, spreading banyan tree. The story goes that an old man
had wanted to die in his house and be buried in it. A tree then grew around
the house. Villagers came to make offerings and ask for favours, which
were granted. As the time flies, the house eventually became a temple.
Till today, devotees from many places make their yearly pilgrimage to
visit this shrine, believed to bestow good fortune for them & family..
Raja Haji Fisabillah Monument
Raja Haji Fisabilillah died
during the battle of Malacca against the Dutch in 1784. A 28-metre tall
Monument was erected in his memory as the national hero of Bintan Island.
He was a famous Malayan king and had his palace (istana) on the island
Grand Mosque of Sultan Riau
The main attraction in Penyengat
is the acoustically perfect yellow mosque, built in 1818, still standing
tall and well-preserved. Its charm lies in a fairytale local belief that
the mosque had been built with the egg whites lovingly presented by loyal
subjects on the eve of the sultan's wedding.
Ramayana Shopping Centre
Ramayana is the biggest shopping
centre in Tanjungpinang. Things like fashion, stationeries, amusement
centre, handphone accesories, digital printing, fast food, cosmetics are
offered here. Ramayana is located on Jl. Wiratno.
Bintan Indah Mall
Bintan Indah Mall is one of
shopping complex located Jl. Pos, not far from Ferry terminal. Shops inside
this mall provide service e.g : foot reflexology, souvenir, fashion, shoes,
hawker centre, fast food, IT products, handphones & accesories, etc.
Another shopping complex which
is located at Jl. Teuku Umar. Products that are offered here including
fashion, bags, shoes, book shop, amusement centre, souvenir, banks, etc.
KFC is also nearby. Another interesting place that you might want to visit
is "Kacapuri", an art convention centre in the city, just a few walks
from Bestari Mall.
Known as "Pasar" provides all
the daily needs for locals everyday including rice, vegetables, meats,
fishes, fashions, shoes. Many local snacks & specialties can be found
here such as cuttlefish, otak-otak, kerupuk, sweets, dried bilis & etc.
Suggested to go there early in the morning.
Located around 50 km away from
the city (eastern shores of Bintan Island). Trikora beach provides beautiful
& isolated beaches with its powdery white sand & clear pristine waters.
Trikora Beach is also a recreation place for the locals during holidays
& festive seasons. There are several huts along the beachside which also
act as stalls during the holiday seasons, selling some local snacks.
Tepi laut (seaside in English),
is a very interesting place for recreation in the afternoon, especially
for young people. Many hawkers sell variety of local delights at roadside.
The air is so refreshing in which might make you want to rent a bike &
cycling along the way at Tepi laut. Try Jagung Bakar covered with milk,
Kacang Panggang, ice cream & many other foods offered by local hawkers.
A small town not far from Trikora
beach, is a fishing port where fish auctions are frequently held. Being
the only deep-water channel in the North-East, Kawal is also the fishing
centre of Bintan. From the bridge in the centre of the town, it's a view
of fishing boats, wood houses and storage yards. A bit of the past at
Kawal is a place once used to make charcoal from mangrove wood called
"bakau". Before you visit Kawal, you might want to visit "Gesek", another
small village that provide tasty food with reasonable price.
Water inside this lake is so
blue, that's why locals named this place as Blue Lake. A magnificient
scenery that has attracted many teenagers come from city just to see this
artificial lake. It's believed that this lake is formed because of previous
The oldest temple in Riau archipelago
can be found here. Locals believe Senggarang was the first home for Chinese
immigrants a long time ago, who then spread throughout the other island
of Riau archipelago. Temple complex including Chinese and Hinduist worshipping
places. This includes a 40-armed statue and several animal deities. From
there, you can walk to a stilt house village to visit its local market
for nice local food. There are boats going from Tanjung Pinang piers to
Senggarang frequently, haggle for price.
Penyengat is a historical small
island located about 6 kilometres offshore from Tanjung Pinang, which
was a religious, cultural & administrative centre of the region in the
19th century of the Riao-Johor sultanate. The old ruler's palace & royal
tombs, among them the grave of the respected Raja Ali Haji, who also was
an author of the first Malay Language grammar book.
Akau / Food Street
Akau is a night food court
located at Potong lembu street, Tanjung Pinang. When the sun is set, the
street will turn into a food centre composed by series of food stalls.
Many delicacies can be found here e.g : gonggong, otak2, sting ray with
very reasonable price.
Melayu Square is a food court
located at the seaside. Located in the open, we can see a variety of unique
Tanjung Pinang culinary in this place. The majority is seafood, of course
it also serves tradional Malay food as well.