Byodo-In Temple, Oahu

Standing before the Byodo-In Buddhist Temple on the Windward coast of Oahu, Hawaii, it’s hard to believe you’re looking at a half-sized replica.

IMG_8802The original shrine, located in Uji, Japan, was constructed in 1053 and unsurprisingly is a UNESCO World Heritage Site (which I’d love to visit, by the way).

IMG_8816The Hawaiian version was built in 1968. It’s actually a non-practicing temple, which forms part of the non-denominational Valley of the Temples Memorial Park in Kahaluu.

The Golden Buddha at Byodo-In is 9 feet high

The Golden Buddha at Byodo-In is 9 feet high

Sue ringing the three-ton bell, which is meant to assure long life and the blessings of the Buddha - fingers crossed

Sue ringing the three-ton bell, which is meant to assure long life and the blessings of the Buddha – fingers crossed

The temple's Japanese Rock (Zen) Garden

The temple’s Japanese Rock (Zen) Garden

Hidden from the road by a rise in the ground, the Byodo-In Temple on Oahu occupies a dramatic position at the base of the towering cliffs of the Ko’olau Mountains, which are themselves a U.S. National Natural Landmark.

IMG_8826IMG_8819Replica or not, it truly is an impressive and peaceful location.

IMG_8813IMG_8807This post was inspired by Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge, which this week is Churches (any religious building).

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6 Responses to Byodo-In Temple, Oahu

  1. JF says:

    Wonderful post and pictures!

  2. Cee Neuner says:

    I had a feeling you would impress me this week. I was right. 🙂

  3. Kama says:

    Nice photos, but I’d still prefer to see the original. 😉

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