Tourists who are visiting the Dutch capital for the first time usually plan to cover some of the famous and iconic attractions in the city such as Van Gogh museum, Rijksmuseum, Anne Frank House, Royal Palace, and the infamous Red Light districts. However, most of these tourist attractions will be crowded throughout the year. This means that visitors who wish to stay away from busy and crowded places might not love the ambiance and atmosphere at these sights. If that is the case, then you should try to uncover some of the lesser-known attractions in the city.
The He Hua Buddhist Temple
Tourists who take a short stroll through the Nieuwmarkt square of Amsterdam will be amazed to see the stunning bars, boutiques, luxurious restaurants, and elegantly designed cafes. Nonetheless, what surprises most of them will surely be the He Hua Buddhist Temple and its breathtaking Chinese architecture, which towers over the narrow Amsterdamian Street.
If you are planning to visit a unique or hidden gem in Amsterdam, then you should not miss the He Hua Buddhist Temple. The numerous ceremonies and activities that are organized in the shrine to promote harmony, peace, and morality among communities will make you feel relaxed and calm. Below are a few things you should know about the Buddhist Temple in Amsterdam.
About the Temple
Originally known as the Fo Guang Shan He Hua Temple, also He Hua Temple or Zeedijk Temple, this is the largest Buddhist temple in Europe. The term ‘He Hua’ can be roughly translated as ‘lotus flower’ in the Chinese Language, which is also considered as a significant enlightenment symbol by Buddhists from all over the world. Lotus flowers are considered as a symbol of enlightenment in Buddhism because even though these flowers grow up from the mud, their petals remain pristine and clear irrespective of their surroundings.
The Buddhist temple, which was designed by the famous Dutch architect Fred Greven, opened its doors to the public in 1994. The sole purposes of building the He Hua Temple was to encourage cultural exchange and promote spiritual development. This allowed the temple authorities to make Buddhism a lot more accessible to everyone while promoting both individual realization and thinking, which is another sole focus of Buddhism.
Visitors from all over the world do enjoy the luxury of exploring the He Hua Temple on their own. So, try not to miss this unique opportunity while you are in Amsterdam.