We went to the Byodo-In Temple. It is located in the Valley of the Temples at the base of the Ko'olau mountains. The temple was built in the 1960's to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the arrival of Japanese immigrants in Hawaii. They were brought here to work at the sugar plantations. The temple itself is a replica of the Byodoin Temple in Uji, Japan. This is a truly beautiful, peaceful spot to visit. It is also an exciting destination if you were a Lost follower because some of the filming for the show was done at this location. The Temple was used as the home of Sun's father in Korea.
This bridge was the site of Jin's proposal to Sun:
Back of the temple:
This is the Peace Bell. Ringing the bell is meant to purify the mind of evil spirits and temptation, and you are supposed to ring it before entering the temple.
The Buddha statue inside the temple is the largest wooden Buddha carved in over 900 years:
The grounds of the temple are gorgeous. This the Meditation Pavilion peaking out of the trees:
There is a little gift shop that sells food for the koi fish. One of Crumpet's favorite activities is feeding koi and watching them go crazy.
There are many black swans on the property:
There is also a bamboo forest:
We had a lovely afternoon exploring this spot.
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