Lao Sam or known by the name of Lasem City , Lasem, a small town in Rembang, commonly dubbed with the name of China in the North. Why to small with China dubbed? This origin story, Lasem city is her first place the people of China on the island of Java. then they heavily settled and lived in this area. It can be seen from the large number of Chinese-style building still contained in Lasem and here we easily find Chinese settlements. Evidence to show the Chinese as Small Lasem also we can see from the building, many once seen old houses of Chinese architecture.
An area of roughly Lasem city 45,04 square kilometers with a population of 44.879 people. The city is really bringing the feel of traditional Chinese cultural influences. Lasem city is a portrait of the early history of the township of great Chinese settlers settled and assimilated with the local residents. In the literary history of the mentioned that Lasem is believed to be the place where immigrants from China to build their first settlement 200 years ago.
Lasem is a city in cross culture, because in it there is a mix of Chinese, Javanese is also a tradition of boarding school. Not only that, the feeling of mutual understanding and communication also became the capital for cross cultural tolerance in a city known for its batik.
The important events happening in 2012. I.e. the holding of cross cultural festival in Lasem. Even 2013 also held back by combining cultural festival of Lasem Tingkok, Arabic and Javanese. Certainly this was the event space to show tolerance residents who then made a cross-ethnic and religious life in the city of Lasem is becoming increasingly developed.
The name of the Lasem City means Lak – Sam , number 36
The name of the Lasem own lifted from the dialect of southern China i.e. Lak-sam, meaning the number 63. Told that the 63 ships fleet Jung ever stranded on the beaches of this city since the storm. The residents of the location where the ship landed and settled it later called Lasem. Other historical record mentions that the arrival of the first Chinese in Lasem is in 1411-1412. Starting from a Chinese Muslim named Um Bi Nang started Chinese residential developments in Lasem. The idea is then followed by the Chinese Hokkien immigrants who embraced Confucianism.
Until now, you’ll still find a labyrinth with a high wall and oriental-style gate. Inside are the doors of the great houses, and Java-style veranda roof of Chinese-style. Oriental architecture can also be found adorning other buildings throughout the town, including the village of Babagan, Gedong Mulyo, coral Turi, Soditan, source, and Ngemplak Girang. The whole building is currently designated as a protected heritage buildings of the local government.
The Old Temple in Lasem City
Another interesting thing in Lasem is three temples are unique. The first Shrine Cu An Kiong built at Jalan Dasun with colorful bright.
Temple built the 16th century and is the oldest temple in Lasem city, even believed to be the oldest temple in Java. Then there is the Shrine on Jalan Yong Gi Babagan Bio that is the war between the Chinese Memorial Lasem Javanese fighting together with the Netherlands colonial in 1745-1752. The third Temple is the Poo An Bio that was built in 1740 when the population increased Lasem message, along with the influx of refugees descended from Batavia who had escaped from the massacre of Netherlands.
Of the many of the most prominent Chinese heritage in Lasem is a statue of Buddha lying in Ratanavana Vihara Arama Buddhist temple. 14 meters long and wrapped in a bright gold color. Inside the monastery there are also miniatures Candi Borobudur.
The uniqueness and beauty products batik Lasem City
History is indeed very wide. Trace the intermingling of ethnic Chinese and Javanese still feels up to now in Lasem. It recorded clearly on a piece of batik cloth Laseman. Funnily enough, batik motif Lasem docking between two story store cultures: Chinese and Javanese. Range of motif with the influence of Chinese culture, such as the bird motif hong (lampang prosperity), butterflies, banji and kikin, combined with geometric motifs matching Java such as parang, kawung, until udan lyrical.
Batik lasem colour red blood i.e. the typical reply chicken (getih pitik). This is caused by moisture content in the city of lasem yg has a different mineral levels with other cities (Solo, Pekalongan or Semarang).
Discover the beautiful blend of Javanese and Chinese culture in a piece of colorful fabric batik lasem named. Motifs specifically include the phoenix and butterflies, combined with geometric patterns typical of Java such as parang, kawung and elevate udan lyrical. You can find the Batik Lasem wrote in Gedongmulyo, Karangsuri, Sumbergirang, Babagan and Karanggede.
Three typical Country Lasem Batik
Never heard of the “three-country batik“?. Called so because in a piece of batik cloth three lands, the process is done in three regions of Java are famous for their distinctive coloring. For blue indigo performed in Holy color soga in Solo or Yogya, whereas red colour in Lasem. It is not infrequently a piece of “three-country-batik” expensive for mercy. There are many places of the batik in Lasem indigenous-run Java nor the citizens of Chinese descent. They also developed modern batik pattern, but still featured the hallmark of Lasem city. The quality of the fabric and batik pattern ever produced.
Tracing the batik Lasem, we like seeing a reflection of the city of Lasem classic. We can learn about the history of Lasem community. As the motives of refusal burst which stone is the forced labor of making way in the beginning. Also the mixed motives of the Chinese symbols depicting-Java intermingling ethnic culture of native and Chinese since centuries ago. Very cool that turns out more creative first times communities addressing differences.
The Power tolerance between cultures and ethnic groups in Lasem City.
Perhaps talk about tolerance in Lasem city is already stale. Centuries of tolerance were already flowing in your blood and form a joint of meat in between community Lasem. Tolerance means already compiled a human-human Lasem on today’s generation the inexorable by ethnicity. Perhaps also the high walls in Lasem is merely an alibi. Simply a marker that is sort of a small Chinese Lasem in Java. Whereas the city of Lasem is already melting the Eternal Tolerance.
In Chinese and Indigenous, Lasem is United against the Netherlands led ECE Ngabehi Widyaningrat (Oey Ing Kyat), Raden Panji Margono and Tan Kee Wie in 1740. In Lasem, hundreds of boarding schools can stand is familiar with three old temples. In Chinese history, Lasem – Native perennial sweet taste.
Mr. Sigit was one of the elders Lasem, “Please slice my hand, then you will find the ‘ Java ‘ in the blood of my flesh.” This is a statement from him to illustrate the ethnic updates & warmth of the tolerance that existed in the city of Lasem. He was born with the name Tjoen Hian Njo 83 years ago, Mr. Sigit was one of a handful of older generation Chinese descendants who still live in Lasem. According to him, intermingling among Chinese descent already ingrained for centuries. Truly a phenomenon of concord and tolerance that is beautiful and needs to be preserved.
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