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Hsi Lai Temple

3456 Glenmark Dr, Hacienda Heights, CA 91745-6445
+1 626-961-9697
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A great temple

It is a great temple that is about 25 miles away from downtown Los Angeles. Impressive, quiet... read more

Reviewed 9 June 2018
Edward-A A
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Hong Kong, China
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Beautiful and interesting in a pretty setting

I’ve wanted to see this temple for awhile. I’m so glad I did. It was worth the hour drive to it. I... read more

Reviewed 26 March 2018
LosAngelesNative48
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Los Angeles, California
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Hsi Lai Temple encompasses 15 acres and a floor area of 102,432 square feet. The temple's Ming (1268-1644 C. E.) and Ching (1644-1911 C.E.) dynasty architecture is faithful to the traditional style of buildings, gardens and statuary of traditional ancient Chinese monasteries. Hsi Lai means "coming to the West" and signifies the dedication of the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Order to spread the teachings of the Buddha to those in the West. The International Buddhist Progress Society, a nonprofit organization, is the chartered name for the temple. Hsi Lai Temple was built to serve as a spiritual and cultural center for those interested in learning more about Buddhism and the Chinese culture. It is the idea of Venerable Master Hsing Yun to propagate "Humanistic Buddhism" and to create a Pure Land here on earth. Hsi Lai Temple is built to fulfill these goals in the United States. The temple's objectives are to nurture Buddhist missionaries through education, to propagate Buddhism through cultural activities, to benefit society through charitable programs, and to edify the populace through Buddhist practices. Please visit our website for more details about visiting and booking tours if needed.
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3456 Glenmark Dr, Hacienda Heights, CA 91745-6445
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Reviewed 9 June 2018 via mobile

It is a great temple that is about 25 miles away from downtown Los Angeles. Impressive, quiet, peaceful, and relax are what you get by visiting the temple. There are art works in the hallway and a gift/book/tea shop. Except Monday, there are also art...More

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Reviewed 26 March 2018

I’ve wanted to see this temple for awhile. I’m so glad I did. It was worth the hour drive to it. I also had the vegetarian buffet and it was very good. The dining area is communal with long tables that you share. It was...More

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HsiLaiTemple, General Manager at Hsi Lai Temple, responded to this reviewResponded 28 March 2018

We are happy you enjoyed your visit to Hsi Lai Temple. See you again soon! =)

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Reviewed 5 March 2018

We were fortunate enough to visit this temple during the New Year celebrations (february 2018). It was very busy and very cozy. A very beautiful temple that we will certainly try to visit again when it is less busy, to be able to enjoy the...More

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HsiLaiTemple, General Manager at Hsi Lai Temple, responded to this reviewResponded 28 March 2018

We are happy you enjoyed your visit to Hsi Lai Temple. See you again soon! =)

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Reviewed 21 January 2018

they are non profit or they could charge big entrance fee; tv, tea, coffee, hot/cold water, books, paper, pens are free in the tea room retreat & around the ground - the food & drinks in the gift store are priced sweetly - don't be...More

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Reviewed 24 November 2017 via mobile

Hsi Lai Buddhist Temple was pretty quiet when we visited recently. There are a ton of different buddha statues and Lady Buddha. If you see the big buddha with the little kids rub his belly for good luck in fertility.

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Reviewed 18 November 2017

I've been to the orient a few times and always visited the Buddhist temples nearby for the same reason I'd visit a Gothic cathedral in Europe. Extraordinary architecture, statues and wonderful religious vibes. Whether you're a Buddhist or not, the Hsi Lai Temple is an...More

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Reviewed 22 September 2017

Have been here several times when visiting the area, it never ceases to amaze me how spectacular both the building and the setting is, wish they didn't close at 5pm as I would love to watch the sunset from there. They do have a vegetarian...More

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Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

This was a pleasant surprise. Did not expect to see such a magnificent Buddhist temple in LA. One can feel the positive vibes here. The view from the temple is equally breathtaking.

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Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

This place is open to the public. But don't come here when it Chinese New Year. It gets really busy and it takes a long time to get in. Just remember NO pictures inside the temple where they're praying. Be RESPECTFUL

Thank Joe B
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Reviewed 2 August 2017

Grand temple tucked in the hills of Hacienda Heights! This temple is truly majestic. A serene place to just walk around the plaza and the Zen Gardens. The modestly priced vegetarian meal , available in the eating hall, was delicious. This place makes you feel...More

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Response from Makkitje | Reviewed this property |
No problem ! But remember that you have to take a lot of steps before you reach the temple.
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Response from HsiLaiTemple | Property representative |
Temple is opening 9-5 everyday except the Museum is closed on Mondays.
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Response from Flamenquera | Reviewed this property |
On their website, it states that one must dress appropriately, i.e., no sleeveless shirts or no short shorts or cut-offs. However, when I was there I saw a few women wearing shorts and tank tops. I even saw one woman wearing... More
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