One of the first Buddhist temples and monasteries built in the U.S., the 448-acre City of Ten Thousand Buddhas operates on the grounds of a former state mental hospital. After passing through the ornate gate onto the property, stop at the office for a map and visiting rules. Monks and nuns are spotted walking and riding bikes, and peacocks roam freely. The temple (in the former gymnasium) has walls lined with perhaps 10,000 golden Buddha figurines in various sizes, and good-timing presents the opportunity to witness chanting. The property also houses a K-12 school and a university. A gift shop sells Buddhist souvenirs, including newly made carved-stone amulets.
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