A short drive from anywhere in the greater Los Angeles this hidden gem is the perfect place to spend an afternoon! Weather you are interested in learning more about Buddhism, Chinese culture, or simply searching for a brief escape from the city Hsi Lai Temple has something for everyone. The architecture is reminiscent of that found in the Forbidden City in Bejing China, with beautiful gardens to gaze at, a courtyard for photo ops. and an awe inspiring main shrine. Be sure to bring your appetite and arrive between the hours of 11:30-1:30 to feast on the delicious vegetarian buffet, or stop by the tea room any time for refreshments and a sweet snack. The temple is open to visitors seven days a week without notice or reservation, if you want the full experience join a free tour offered on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. For the latest information refer to their comprehensive website where you can find a calendar of events including classes in meditation and basic Buddhist concepts. As you can see from my other reviews, I have traveled to several Countries in Asia, visit this Temple and you will feel as if you are in another world without having to endure the long flight or expense. ENJOY!
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