Dong Zen Temple 2014 CNY Lantern & Flora Festival

A much delayed post of my visit to Fo Guang Shan (FGS) Dong Zen Temple to see the 2014 CNY Lantern & Flora Festival.  FGS Dong Zen Temple (佛光山东禅寺) is a Buddist Temple cum School of Buddhism located in the small town of Jenjarom, Selangor.

Every year during Chinese New Year, the temple is a hive of activity as the grounds are decorated and lit up for the celebrations.  This annual event usually lasts for a period of approximately 2 weeks.

I have not visited for a couple of years but this year I found time to take Mom to the temple to see this year decorations and the night scenes which is the main attraction.

Posing with Mom as the tanglungs are lighted up

We arrived at the temple at about 6pm so that we can shoot some photos of the temple grounds and decorations in daylight.

Buddha welcomes all with open arms

Visitors putting up good wishes on the Wishing Tree

Flower Garden in front of the multipurpose hall

I was surprised at how the temple grounds have grown in the past few years – its sprawling now!!  They have set up food stalls selling vegetarian food to visitors.

They even set up a mini amusement park with a ferris wheel and a merry go around for the kids.

Since it was supposed to be a floral fest, a small selection of orchids were also on display.

We managed to catch a performance by an acrobatic troupe from Shanghai.

As the skies darkened, the entire temple grounds lit up in a myriad of colourful lights.

Buddha being shielded by a giant serpent

Reflection of lit pagoda

The magical lights seem to have the power to bring the figurines and creatures to life.

Creatures in the Underwater World

Fishes and floral in the Underwater World

One of the many cute monk figurines

The giant white elephant was popular with visitors

There was a Lovers’ Bridge (情人桥) to mark the double Valentine’s Day, Feb 14 which happened to also fall on Chap Goh Meh (15th day of the Chinese New Year), aka Chinese Valentine’s Day.  This occasion only happens once every 19 years.

This year being the Year of the Horse, horses are featured prominently in the decorations.

These flying horses greeted visitors at the main entrance

Another flying horse………….mmmmm it looks like Pegasus from the Greek mythology

Another closer look at this magnificent creature who will be the resident horoscope this year

We left after spending more than 3 hours admiring the very impressive decorations created by volunteers and funded by generous donors.

The Flower Garden in colourful lights

The imressive Flower Garden

Looking forward to visiting again in 2015 :).

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