Buddha Memorial Center built in Kaohsiung, China's Taiwan

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Photo taken on Dec. 25, 2011 shows the consecration ceremony of the Buddha Memorial Center in Kaohsiung, southeast China's Taiwan. Built next to the Fo Guang Shan Monastery, a Buddhist temple in Kaohsiung, the Buddha Memorial Center was consecrated here on Sunday. The center will serve as a hub for Buddhist education and cultural exchange. (Xinhua/Jin Liangkuai)



Buddha Memorial Center in Kaohsiung



Buddhists from the Chinese Mainland and Taiwan chant peace prayers, composed by Master Hsing Yun, a well-known Buddhist monk, at the Buddha Memorial Center in Kaohsiung, southeast China's Taiwan, Dec. 25, 2011. Built next to the Fo Guang Shan Monastery, a Buddhist temple in Kaohsiung, the Buddha Memorial Center was consecrated here on Sunday. The center will serve as a hub for Buddhist education and cultural exchange. (Xinhua/Jin Liangkuai)



Buddha Memorial Center in Kaohsiung



Buddhists prepare to chant peace prayers, composed by Master Hsing Yun, a well-known Buddhist monk, at the Buddha Memorial Center in Kaohsiung, southeast China's Taiwan, Dec. 25, 2011. Built next to the Fo Guang Shan Monastery, a Buddhist temple in Kaohsiung, the Buddha Memorial Center was consecrated here on Sunday. The center will serve as a hub for Buddhist education and cultural exchange. (Xinhua/Jin Liangkuai)



Buddha Memorial Center in Kaohsiung



Two Buddhist nuns walk past a gate at the newly-built Buddha Memorial Center in Kaohsiung, southeast China's Taiwan, Dec. 22, 2011. Built next to the Fo Guang Shan Monastery, a Buddhist temple in Kaohsiung, the Buddha Memorial Center is to be consecrated on Dec. 25, 2011. A Buddha's tooth relic will also be escorted here on the same day and enshrined for future worship. With an area that exceeds 100 hectares, the complex consists of various facilities, including a welcoming hall, eight Chinese-style pagodas, a square, a memorial hall and a Buddha statue. (Xinhua/Jin Liangkuai)



Buddha Memorial Center in Kaohsiung



Photo taken on Dec. 22, 2011 shows the newly-built Buddha Memorial Center in Kaohsiung, southeast China's Taiwan. Built next to the Fo Guang Shan Monastery, a Buddhist temple in Kaohsiung, the Buddha Memorial Center is to be consecrated on Dec. 25, 2011. A Buddha's tooth relic will also be escorted here on the same day and enshrined for future worship. With an area that exceeds 100 hectares, the complex consists of various facilities, including a welcoming hall, eight Chinese-style pagodas, a square, a memorial hall and a Buddha statue. (Xinhua/Jin Liangkuai)



Buddha Memorial Center in Kaohsiung



Master Hsing Yun, a well-known Buddhist monk who founded the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist order, poses for photos at the newly-built Buddha Memorial Center in Kaohsiung, southeast China's Taiwan, Dec. 22, 2011. Built next to the Fo Guang Shan Monastery, a Buddhist temple in Kaohsiung, the Buddha Memorial Center is to be consecrated on Dec. 25, 2011. A Buddha's tooth relic will also be escorted here on the same day and enshrined for future worship. With an area that exceeds 100 hectares, the complex consists of various facilities, including a welcoming hall, eight Chinese-style pagodas, a square, a memorial hall and a Buddha statue. (Xinhua/Jin Liangkuai)



Buddha Memorial Center in Kaohsiung



Photo taken on Dec. 22, 2011 shows the newly-built Buddha Memorial Center in Kaohsiung, southeast China's Taiwan. Built next to the Fo Guang Shan Monastery, a Buddhist temple in Kaohsiung, the Buddha Memorial Center is to be consecrated on Dec. 25, 2011. A Buddha's tooth relic will also be escorted here on the same day and enshrined for future worship. With an area that exceeds 100 hectares, the complex consists of various facilities, including a welcoming hall, eight Chinese-style pagodas, a square, a memorial hall and a Buddha statue. (Xinhua/Jin Liangkuai)



Buddha Memorial Center in Kaohsiung



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A Buddhist nun sits in front of the memorial hall of the newly-built Buddha Memorial Center in Kaohsiung, southeast China's Taiwan, Dec. 22, 2011. Built next to the Fo Guang Shan Monastery, a Buddhist temple in Kaohsiung, the Buddha Memorial Center is to be consecrated on Dec. 25, 2011. A Buddha's tooth relic will also be escorted here on the same day and enshrined for future worship. With an area that exceeds 100 hectares, the complex consists of various facilities, including a welcoming hall, eight Chinese-style pagodas, a square, a memorial hall and a Buddha statue. (Xinhua/Jin Liangkuai)



Buddha Memorial Center in Kaohsiung



A Buddhist nun walks past a wall bearing Buddhist teachings at the newly-built Buddha Memorial Center in Kaohsiung, southeast China's Taiwan, Dec. 22, 2011. Built next to the Fo Guang Shan Monastery, a Buddhist temple in Kaohsiung, the Buddha Memorial Center is to be consecrated on Dec. 25, 2011. A Buddha's tooth relic will also be escorted here on the same day and enshrined for future worship. With an area that exceeds 100 hectares, the complex consists of various facilities, including a welcoming hall, eight Chinese-style pagodas, a square, a memorial hall and a Buddha statue. (Xinhua/Jin Liangkuai)



Buddha Memorial Center in Kaohsiung



Buddhist nuns visit a worship hall which holds golden Buddha statuettes at the newly-built Buddha Memorial Center in Kaohsiung, southeast China's Taiwan, Dec. 22, 2011. Built next to the Fo Guang Shan Monastery, a Buddhist temple in Kaohsiung, the Buddha Memorial Center is to be consecrated on Dec. 25, 2011. A Buddha's tooth relic will also be escorted here on the same day and enshrined for future worship. With an area that exceeds 100 hectares, the complex consists of various facilities, including a welcoming hall, eight Chinese-style pagodas, a square, a memorial hall and a Buddha statue. (Xinhua/Jin Liangkuai)



Buddha Memorial Center in Kaohsiung



Buddhists visit a worship hall which holds a jade crouching Buddha statue at the newly-built Buddha Memorial Center in Kaohsiung, southeast China's Taiwan, Dec. 22, 2011. Built next to the Fo Guang Shan Monastery, a Buddhist temple in Kaohsiung, the Buddha Memorial Center is to be consecrated on Dec. 25, 2011. A Buddha's tooth relic will also be escorted here on the same day and enshrined for future worship. With an area that exceeds 100 hectares, the complex consists of various facilities, including a welcoming hall, eight Chinese-style pagodas, a square, a memorial hall and a Buddha statue. (Xinhua/Jin Liangkuai)



Buddha Memorial Center in Kaohsiung



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