The Taoist temple located in the heart of Manado’s China Town is most frequented by tourists because of its stunning architecture and interesting history. It was established in 1819 during the Qing Dynasty in China and was initially built with only bamboo wood. The temple has been around for 335 years and currently stands as the oldest temple in the city.
The name, Ban Hin Kiong, literally translates to a holy palace that exudes positivity, as the word Ban means “a lot”, Hin means a “blessing/kindness” and Kiong means “palace”. The temple is also popular amongst the locals for hosting various annual festivals and for being a place of worship for the followers of Tridharma.