Stepping through the gate into a roofed structure, a big Buddha facing inward and four others on opposite walls as one views the courtyard. The first place the faithful can leave offerings of money, flowers or food.
Stepping into the courtyard we are met with this pagoda that is 9 floors high although we are told the inside has twice that many. Since it is wooden and several hundred years old, visitors can no longer climb it. It dominates the whole temple.
Back on earth, though right in front of us is this iron object which our guide tells us if one can put a coin through a certain slot, good fortune will come to you. Tian tries it and on the first try the coin sails into the right opening. I'm glad at least one of us will be thus blessed. :)
After the pagoda burned several hundred years ago,
plans to rebuild it.
Blurb about those who donated to rebuild.
Moving off to the right side of the courtyard we came to this side area and another Buddha from India off to the left of the statue below:
Some reknowned teacher.
Supposedly one will be a good student
if your picture is made with him.
Yu-Hsuan, Star and Tian
Next we moved to the portion directly behind the pagoda, where in a huge room sat three giant sized Buddhas - past, present and future, along with benches for the faithful to bow, say a prayer and then go outside to give an offering of fruit, flowers, incense or money.
Beautiful flowers left as offerings
Side view of the pagoda
banyan trees in this area
Miss Star in pink
Tian and Poppi