After the excitement of the temples we then started heading back towards Jakarta but broke the journey up in Cirebon.
A lot of our travel in Indonesia was by train. They may not be the plushest but they were comfortable, the views were excellent and they are as cheap as chips. Someone came around with a menu at the start of the journey and then around lunchtime your selected meal turns up... and very nice it was too. I'd highly recommend trains over Indonesia's chaotic road transportation system.
The only exception was the first train we got out of Jakarta. We all piled into the busy carriage that stopped in front of us with luggage and backpacks. About 30 minutes latter (very polite and diffident are the Indonesians) someone pointed out that we in the women's only carriage and really, if I wouldn't mind, I'd have to find another carriage. So, at the next station I hoped off dashed along the platform and jumped back on to the, inevitably much more crowded, next carriage!
Anyway back to Cirebon: It's not really on the tourist map so hotels were much better value (not that they were expensive in the first place). We stayed in a really nice one (free upgrades too!) with a massive pool and spent most of the two days we were there in that.
We did venture out though and went to look at their Chinese temple. It was just lovely! All the usual painted doors (regular readers will know of my love of a nice door), and pillars, incense burning and a cauldron of fire. It's just that this one was beautifully maintained.
Above are some nice but standard images of the incense burning in the temple.
All of the above was really nice, but the walls either side of the alter (Is it called an alter in a Chinese temple?) had these friezes on them. To start with I thought they were painted on leather tiles, but when you looked closely it was just very old plaster.
As always, I was completely unable to follow the supposed story they told but they did look nice.
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I am a teacher of Economics and have worked in various schools in Europe & Asia. One of the things I love doing is getting out and about with my camera.