In today’s world hit by tension and conflict between different religions, Indonesia is living proof that different religions can survive in a single nation as long as people are prepared to take a matured and progressive outlook. You can find numerous temples and Buddhist praying sites in a predominantly Islamic country.
Until the medieval age, Indonesia was well known for Hindu religion and Buddhist culture. In fact, Hinduism is the oldest religion in Indonesia and was replaced by Buddhist teachings as it spread all over the world. Islam was the last to reach Indonesia and is currently the most popular religion in the country.
Tourism and the fact that Indonesian diversity has fascinated the world is one reason why Buddhism, Islam and Hindus are living peacefully in the country. The nation has realized that it stands to gain more by living together rather than by a living apart. This is not to say that Indonesia is not troubled by tensions that often occur when different religions and different people live together. However, it has proved more than once in the past that it is certainly capable of overcoming all its differences when the need arises.
When tsunami struck Indonesia, each and every sect in the country set aside their differences and came together to provide support and assistance to help the country tackle the disaster. In such a scenario, you can easily visit Indonesia to widen your cultural horizons.
You can check out different cultures and understand the impact that they had on the past and the present. You have the option of focusing on the cultural richness and heritage of the country. Visiting a temple as a place of architectural beauty and not as a place of worship will not make your experience inferior or different in any manner.