Exploring Pantjoran PIK
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It is indisputable that the pagoda is the focal point of Pantjoran PIK. That is the first thing people seek and look at once they reach Pantjoran. It is a five-story pagoda with intricate designs all over its surface: red dominantly covers the walls and balcony railings, decorated with stained glasses on every window, and sculptures on every tip of the gray roof. This pagoda is open for special events, such as the moon cake festival in September 2022. Another occasion was the nightly light shows in March and April 2023 to celebrate the Muslim fasting month.
The Pagoda in Pantjoran, Pantai Indah Kapuk Jakarta.
The pagoda is located at the far end of Pantjoran PIK, where a massive statue of Goddess Ci Hang Dao Ren – also known as Guan Yin Niang Niang (Kwan Yin) – stands in front of the pagoda. Since Guan Yin Niang Niang is known as the bodhisattva of infinite compassion and mercy, many people burn incense and pray on her altar. Besides Guan Yin Niang Niang, you will see statues and altars of Guan Sheng Di Jun (a.k.a. Guan Gong - The God of War, who always enact justice and help people) and Chai Sen Ye (Tsai Shen Yeh), the God of Wealth.
Although Pantjoran PIK has three altars, it is not a place of worship; everybody is welcome to visit. It is a place to eat and hang out with family and friends. While you are at it, you may want to take many pictures because there are many beautiful photo spots beside the pagoda. All of the buildings look like a neat traditional Chinese village. Some of them have beautiful murals on the back or side walls. These murals depict Chinese cultures, such as the lion dance, the opera lady, and Chinese food. If you look up, colorful lanterns and umbrellas are strung, crisscrossing over the yard. At the other end of Pantjoran PIK, a massive Chinese gate with colorful and intricate design welcomes visitors. You will see a couple stone bridges and several Chinese pavilions with stone tables and stools in this area. Another photo spot is the small garden where the stone statues of the twelve Chinese zodiacs lay.
The impressive gate of Pantjoran in Pantai Indah Kapuk, Jakarta.
I believe there are more than one hundred vendors within Pantjoran PIK, with hundreds of menus. Some tenants are prominent restaurants, such as Din Tai Fung, Hawaii, May Star, Ponggol Nasi Lemak, Holywings, and Wong Fu Kie. Each occupies one big building where you can dine inside. The rest of the tenants are in much smaller shops, with enough space for the kitchen and counter. They look like a fast food joint, where you order the food on the counter and then find a table in the nearby area. You even can browse all menus from the QR code glued on every table. Currently, all tenants don't accept banknotes. The acceptable payments are QRIS, Gopay, OVO, or a bank debit card.
Various food and drinks are sold in Pantjoran PIK: main courses, noodles, desserts, snacks, and ice. There is Indonesian food, such as meatballs, soto (Indonesian soup), and pempek; Chinese food, such as Char Siu (Chinese Barbeque Pork), grilled pork belly, and pork satay; and Western food, such as hot dog and KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken). You also can buy various drinks, from mineral water, tea, and coffee to colorful ice and juice. Of course, the preferred drinks are cold ones; due to the hot weather in Pantjoran PIK.
Guess what: Pantjoran PIK also has two legendary restaurants as its tenants: Maison Weiner, which sold hotdogs since 1936, and Zangrandi, that sold ice cream since 1930!