In this article, you will learn more about the lovely landmark of Sorong and its allure. Hopefully, this article can guide you if you don’t know what to do in Sorong during your stay.
Sapta Ratna Pagoda, A 7-Stories Gem of Sorong
The name “Sapta Ratna Pagoda” is taken from Sanskrit words and roughly translated as “Seven Gems Temple.” It also has a Chinese name, Qi Bao Ta, which means similar.
Sapta Ratna is a 7-stories building located in the Jayanti Monastery complex, the only monastery in Sorong. The monastery itself was already established in 1988. However, it is not until 1992 that the temple stands separately.
The building of Sapta Ratna Pagoda was originally used as a columbarium, a place to put an ash urn of the deceased. However, now it serves as a tourist attraction, especially for those who fancy religious tourism.
Although temples are typically used to represent Buddhists, Sorong has a majority of Catholic citizens, as well as most parts of West Papua. In fact, Buddhists in Sorong only take up approximately 10% of its citizens.
The exact reason is what makes the temple unique. It symbolizes diversity on West Papua’s soil, as well as friendship between two different religions. represents that, though different, people can live beside each other with love in their hearts.
A Mesmerizing View of Sorong Nobody Will Regret
Visiting Sapta Ratna Pagoda will not take you a long time. Strolling around the temple will only take 30 minutes to an hour approximately. However, once you realize the temple’s charm, you may want to linger longer.
The temple is located in the heart of Sorong, making the place really accessible and ideal for light travel. Upon your arrival, you will enjoy a little hike as it is located up the hill. Rest assured, the track is easy as it is not too steep.
To visit the area, you are required to pay the entrance fee. The fare is quite cheap, only around Rp10,000 per person. So, make sure you bring hard cash, especially in Rupiahs as they do not accept dollars, online payments, or cards.
Upon strolling, you will enjoy scenery full of trees and flowers. The mix of greeneries, the blue sky, and the red pagoda surely give quite a breathtaking view for a few selfies.
Aside from that, you can enjoy the view of the blue sea. You will see a few islands nearby, such as Doom Island, Matan Island, and Jeffmanatau Island. The islands are also open for a visit if you fancy island-hopping; another addition to the list of things to do in West Papua.
Want to double or even triple your experience? Try coming to the pagoda in the afternoon. Bask yourself in the golden light of the West Papuan sunset and get an unforgettable moment in your life. Moreover, you can also come up to the highest floor of the temple, and enjoy the sunset from high above.
Travel to West Papua: A Whole Package
The traffic from Sorong to Raja Ampat is always lively. As the ‘entrance’ to the archipelago, Sorong is growing into a place rich in culture, history, and friendliness toward other people. It acts as a melting pot for people around the globe to enjoy the beauty of West Papua.
The friendliness and togetherness of the people of Sorong are also depicted in Sapta Pagoda Ratna. As the city’s landmark, Sapta Pagoda Ratna is a symbol of unity in diversity, a very slogan of Indonesia itself.