You don’t have to fly across the sea to experience a foreign land. If you explore a little, a lot of hidden gems in florida will take you to Asia without ever leaving the Sunshine State – like this hidden Buddhist temple near Orlando.
Whether you like cultures different from your own, want to experience something new, or just like to eat foreign foods, a visit to Chua Bao An Buddhist Temple in Apopka will satisfy your wanderlust and your need to eat.
Although you cannot visit here during the week, the temple opens its doors every Sunday, giving you the opportunity to sit in a Buddhist meditation ceremony and release your stress. Whether you decide to attend the ceremony or not, walking the grounds and admiring the ornate Asian architecture is enough to bring you peace.
Some people even leave offerings like oranges for the Smiling Buddha.
The temple also offers classes for people wanting to learn Vietnamese alongside their market, where you can get all kinds of goodies. You can enjoy dishes like spring rolls, summer rolls, fried sesame balls with mung bean filling, stir-fried yellow egg noodles with vegetables, noodle soups, Vietnamese pancakes and crepes, steamed rice cakes with mung bean filling and much more. Most items are vegetarian!
We are all looking for that little piece of peace in our lives; we may just have to take a trip to see the buddha, leaving our stress at the door.
An overview of the Chua Bao An Buddhist Temple can be seen below. While you’re in Apopka, you might as well go on a succulent safari in this massive greenhouse of cacti and succulents. Tampa also has a hidden temple of incredible beauty, offering its own tasty Sunday market.
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Chua Bao A Buddhist temple
Address: 5788 N Apopka Vineland Rd Orlando Florida
Opening hours: Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; closed all other days. Occasional events will extend their hours.
Why you should go: A chance to witness a ceremony and taste delicious food from their market. They serve dishes like spring rolls, summer rolls, fried sesame balls with mung bean filling, stir-fried yellow egg noodles with vegetables, noodle soups, Vietnamese crepes/pancakes, and rice cakes in mung bean filling. Most items are vegetarian!
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