Thursday, May 27, 2010

KL celebrates Wesak Day

Tomorrow is Wesak Day, the day that Buddhists commemorate the Birth, Enlightenment and the Passing of the Buddha. Various temples will be holding their religious activities. If you are in town, you are welcomed at all temples. You may do a good deed by helping out or just by donating to the needy.

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Jejarom's Buddhist Temple - Fo Guang Shan

The arch of creeper plants that greets visitors is the main entrance to the temple

ONE of the most beautiful Buddhist Temples in the country lies in the district of Jenjarom in Selangor, roughly 60km from the city centre towards the south. Called the Fo Guang Shan Dong Zen, it is a hive of activity during weekends and the Chinese New Year. On Wesak Day, it is a centre of activities as Buddhist pay homage to Lord Buddha.
To get there, simply head use the Shah Alam Expressway in the direction of West Port or Pulau Indah (follow the signboard) until you see the Banting-Pulau Indah sign. This is the Pandamaran interchange. Keep left and go up the ramp and left.

Keep going in the direction of Morib, passing through Bangi Town, then industrial township of Teluk Panglima Garang, and then junction to Pulau Carey (Carey Island). Keep left and head towards Morib. The next town is Jenjarom.

Watch out for the police station on the right. This is where you turn right into Sg Buaya, where the temple is located. After entering the road, drive straight for about one kilometre when the Dong Zen building will come into sight on your right.

Lots of parking are available outside the temple. If you cannot find your way or are lost between KL and Morib, just give them at call at 03-3191 1533.

Red lanterns give this temple an Oriental touch.

One of the Arahat statues along the courtyard of the temple.
There are more than a dozen of them all over.

The dragon urn lies outside the main shrine of the temple. Visitors are only
given a joss stick to offer their prayers to the Buddha. The joss stick is to be
planted in this main urn outside the shrine.

This is the main shrine where the largest Buddha statue is housed.