Playing Phone Game In Front Of Chinese Phoenix

Young men playing a phone game in Jin De Yuan
Shot at Jin De Yuan, a Chinese temple in Jakarta, Indonesia Tetsu Ozawa

Young men were absorbed in playing a phone game in the precinct of Jin De Yuan

The Chinese temple in Jakarta called Jin De Yuan was crowded. There was an uninterrupted stream of visitors because the Chinese New Year was approaching. Most people visit the altar which enshrined the main deity, Kannon, and several other altars in this temple. And the worshippers were also giving incense to the large incense burner. Everyone sincerely hoped that the coming New Year would be a good one.

Like the local worshippers, I also visited the Kannon in the main hall and went back to the large incense burner. I thought everyone wanted to have a good New Year, but I realized that some people didn't want with all the hearts when I looked around calmly. For example, younger people didn't seem to care much about what kind of New Year they're going to have.

For some of the younger people, it was not so much what kind of New Year was coming, but rather the progress of the game they're playing. Some people felt that it was much more important. Although they were not interested, I guessed their parents brought them here. On a bench in front of a Chinese phoenix, young men could be seen staring at the phone screen.


What is Jin De Yuan (Kim Tek Ie Temple)?

Vihara Dharma Bhakti, also known as 金德院 (Mandarin Jīn dé yuàn or Hokkien Kim Tek Ie), is a klenteng (a local term for a Chinese temple) located in the China Town neighborhood of Glodok, Jakarta, Indonesia. Completed in 1650, Vihara Dharma Bhakti is the oldest Chinese temple in Jakarta.

Where is Jin De Yuan in Jakarta?




Shooting Date

Jan 2020

Posted On

June 19, 2020


Jin De Yuan, Indonesia


Street Photography