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Mu Ryang Sa Buddhist Temple

Culture Hall.

If you’ve done the Ka’au Crater hike you’ve no doubt seen this temple. It sits at the back of Palolo Valley and you drive past it on you’re way to the Ka’au Crater trailhead. But, have you ever been in it?

Little Buddhas.

The Mu-Ryang-Sa temple is a humble Korean Buddhist temple that’s been around for over 30 years. As your driving to the back of Palolo, it’s hard to miss. This weekend I decided to check it out before heading into the rainforest. I thought I would walk around for 5-10 minutes but ended up spending over half and hour here taking pictures. And I would’ve stayed longer if I had more time. There’s eye candy galore on these grounds.

To be honest, I don’t know too much about this temple. What I know is that it’s a totally unexpected sight and a hidden gem of sorts for photog hobbyists like myself. I also know that it’s an active place of meditation, education and worship so it’s important to be quiet and respectful when on premises.

Here are some of images from this visit to the temple …












  • If you go, it’s okay to take pictures of the buildings but it’s not polite to take pictures inside the worshiping areas.

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This story was last modified on May 18, 2013. (Originally published in May 2011.)

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