The Dhamma Jaya Vihara is a monastery or a place of worship. The locals often refer to it as a temple. This is actually one of so many Viharas in Surabaya. It is located on the Bulu Jaya Street. If you are interested in the history of the building, we will share you the brief history. In 1986, it was still called Cetiya Dhamma Jaya. The original story is actually quite interesting. It was started as a social gathering. Due to running out of the contract, the association finally was moved to the 19th,Undaan Kulon II Street, Surabaya.
Buddhist grew very rapidly at that time. Therefore, people needed more viharas where they could say prayers. This monastery was built in response to that high demand. It was started in March, 1992. After it was fully established, it was later inaugurated and name-changed into the current name, Dhamma Jaya. There were 5 people assigned to inaugurate the building. While it was previously situated on the Bulu Jaya, another building was later built as a representation of the monastery. It was inaugurated on November, 30th 1997 and is still used to this day. It has been restored for a few times. There was a statue of Buddha inside the building which is 5.9 meters tall.
There are a few rooms inside. The vast interior can accommodate 600 people. This is the right place to visit if you want to understand the history of Buddha. While there are many great attractions in Surabaya, this is a spiritual tour for those who want to sink into silence for a little while. Viharas are commonly constructed to shelter the monks. They can take refuge in those buildings to avoid the rain. The rainy season is when monks really need shelters. This place is sacred. If you are a follower of Buddha, this is where you should go to when you want to pray to god. A temple usually has Stupas. Does this monastery have those things? Please come here and find out yourself.