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Pasar Lama Tangerang: Witness to history

Wienda Parwitasari
Wienda Parwitasari

The Jakarta Post

Tangerang  /  Fri, February 16, 2018  /  09:01 am
  • A Muslim woman passes in front of the Boen Tek Bio temple at Pasar Lama, Tangerang, Banten, on Feb. 8.

    A Muslim woman passes in front of the Boen Tek Bio temple at Pasar Lama, Tangerang, Banten, on Feb. 8. OF JP/Wienda Parwitasari

    A Muslim woman passes in front of the Boen Tek Bio temple at Pasar Lama, Tangerang, Banten, on Feb. 8.

  • An ethnic Chinese prays inside the Boen Tek Bio temple.

    An ethnic Chinese prays inside the Boen Tek Bio temple. OF JP/Wienda Parwitasari

    An ethnic Chinese prays inside the Boen Tek Bio temple.

  • A woman tries on a Chinese-style dress to welcome the Chinese New Year at Pasar Lama.

    A woman tries on a Chinese-style dress to welcome the Chinese New Year at Pasar Lama. OF JP/Wienda Parwitasari

    A woman tries on a Chinese-style dress to welcome the Chinese New Year at Pasar Lama.

  • An ethnic Chinese prays in front of the Boen Tek Bio temple at Pasar Lama.

    An ethnic Chinese prays in front of the Boen Tek Bio temple at Pasar Lama. OF JP/Wienda Parwitasari

    An ethnic Chinese prays in front of the Boen Tek Bio temple at Pasar Lama.

  • A Muslim woman enters through a side door of Boen Tek Bio temple.

    A Muslim woman enters through a side door of Boen Tek Bio temple. OF JP/Wienda Parwitasari

    A Muslim woman enters through a side door of Boen Tek Bio temple.

  • Customers look at the offerings at Pasar Lama.

    Customers look at the offerings at Pasar Lama. OF JP/Wienda Parwitasari

    Customers look at the offerings at Pasar Lama.

  • An ethnic Chinese shops for milk fish nearing the Chinese New Year at Pasar Lama. Milk fish is a trademark of the celebration, a symbol of good luck.

    An ethnic Chinese shops for milk fish nearing the Chinese New Year at Pasar Lama. Milk fish is a trademark of the celebration, a symbol of good luck. OF JP/Wienda Parwitasari

    An ethnic Chinese shops for milk fish nearing the Chinese New Year at Pasar Lama. Milk fish is a trademark of the celebration, a symbol of good luck.

  • The Chinese Heritage Museum at Pasar Lama.

    The Chinese Heritage Museum at Pasar Lama. OF JP/Wienda Parwitasari

    The Chinese Heritage Museum at Pasar Lama.

  • Dog-shaped trinkets are offered in one of the vendors at Pasar Lama. According to the Chinese calendar, this is Year of the Dog.

    Dog-shaped trinkets are offered in one of the vendors at Pasar Lama. According to the Chinese calendar, this is Year of the Dog. OF JP/Wienda Parwitasari

    Dog-shaped trinkets are offered in one of the vendors at Pasar Lama. According to the Chinese calendar, this is Year of the Dog.

  • A man exits Boen Tek Bio temple.

    A man exits Boen Tek Bio temple. OF JP/Wienda Parwitasari

    A man exits Boen Tek Bio temple.

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Pasar Lama Tangerang is one of the few remnants of Chinese culture in Tangerang.

In addition to markets selling Chinese trinkets and culinary delights, a number of distinct buildings stand as witnesses to history.

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One of them is Boen Tek Bio temple, located inside the market and thought to be built three centuries ago. The temple is known as the oldest of the three located in Tangerang.

There is also Benteng Heritage Museum behind the Boen Tek Bio temple. It was built by Udaya Halim, a Chinese descendant, to preserve his ancestors’ culture. (wen)

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