A replica of the 900-year-old Byodo-In Temple in Kyoto, Byodo-In Temple is a non-denominational shrine situated in O'ahu in Hawai'i. It is one of the most visited places in the Valley of the Temples. From all around the world, many come on Tours to visit the Byodo-In Temple. The place was built in the year 1968 and since, has been a popular tourist destination.
It was built to commemorate of the 100-year anniversary of the first Japanese Hawaii immigrants. The temple is reckoned for its tranquility and beauty. Inside it there is a wooden image depicting Amitabha and an 18 ft. (5.5 m) statue of the Lotus Buddha. Many sparrows, peacocks and other birds are observed at the temple and add to the scenic beauty of the place.
- Contrary to popular beliefs, the temple is not a functioning Buddhist temple.
- The place welcomes people of all faith.
- The grounds of the temple are popular places for wedding and office meetings
- The replica is made of concrete whereas the original is made from wood without using nails.
- It is a dedication by Governor John A. Burns, a loved governor remembered for his long service.
- Several episodes of serials The TV series Hawaii Five-O, Magnum, P.I., Lost and SeaQuest DSV.
- The temple is showed in Pearl Harbor-the movie as a replica of the original.
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