Image: Aerial photo of Gereja Ayam, AKA Chicken Church

How the Internet Made the Chicken Church Come to Life!

Perched atop a hill in Indonesia sits a structure, shaped like a chicken. And to our surprise, it’s proof of just how much power the internet has in making someone’s dreams come true!

In this article, we’re taking a trip to Magelang, Indonesia to hear the full story of this fascinating structure and see how the power of the internet made one man’s dream a reality!

Somewhere Built for Everyone

In 1988, Daniel Alamsjah had a dream. But this wasn’t just any dream; in fact, it was very specific.

In his mind’s eye, Daniel saw a dove-shaped prayer house on a hill that welcomed people of all faiths through its doors. And it wouldn’t leave his mind. Eventually, he came across a hill that reminded him exactly of what he had seen. So, he got to work. With a ragtag team of 30 and no construction experience under his belt, Daniel began bringing his dream to life in the 1990s. But after a long slog of construction depleted his funds throughout the decade, he was forced to abandon this dream in 2000 and leave it for ruin in the forest.

Then, 15 years later, everything changed when the internet got ahold of his story.

Something miraculous happened! Through the magic internet fame, Daniel’s dream found people from more walks of life than he probably ever imagined. And it was their interest and visits that made it possible for him to restore the building popularly referred to as the Chicken Church (or officially as Gereja Ayam), and transform it into the welcoming structure it is today—complete with an art gallery and cafe.

Atlas Obscura, our favorite place to learn about the weird and wonderful parts of our world, tells us the whole fascinating story in this video!

Via:  Atlas Obscura 1

Have you checked out Atlas Obscura yet? If you really want to make your travel experience something remarkable, I highly suggest you browse their website! They highlight the world’s hidden wonders and help us explore new corners of the world. You can see more video content from them over on YouTube and give them a follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

If you’d like to learn more about Gereja Ayam, check out this full article from Atlas Obscura!

The beauty of the online world we’re a part of…

Sometimes the internet gets (and deserves) a pretty bad rap, but there’s still so much that it makes possible!

Without our connected online world, this structure wouldn’t exist. In fact, this welcoming place for everyone would still be sitting there, crumbling and disappearing into the forest. But it was because its story was shared that people began to seek it out. Visitors not only made the reconstruction of the chicken possible but have also had a hand in boosting the local economy through their travels. The ripple effect from making Daniel’s dream a reality just keeps on going!

And we’ve seen the impact of content sharing before!

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Because of our online connection, so much more is made possible. But of course, with great power, comes great responsibility. So how can we use this power to make life better for others?

To start, may we suggest sharing a few articles from EWC? Imagine what can happen when more people know about the progress happening around the world!

Stay open to new possibilities!

  • Sam

“No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” — Albert Einstein 

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  1. Atlas Obscura. “Step Inside Indonesia’s Chicken Church | Atlas Obscura.” YouTube. Atlas Obscura, 13 Nov. 2018. Web. 17 Sept. 2019. <>.
Published: October 19, 2019

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Sam Burns

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Sam wrote and edited hundreds of articles during her time on the Goodness Exchange team from 2016-2021. She wrote about topics from the wonders of nature to the organizations changing the world and the simple joys in life! Outside of the Goodness Exchange, she’s a part-time printmaker, collector of knick-knacks, and procurer of cheeses.

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