We went to the Lama Temple the second day upon arrival. Right off, this beautiful bell caught my eye, the amount of detail that went into carving all these tiny characters into this huge bell is mind blowing especially since this building was made in 1694.
We explored the temple and were somewhat pleasantly surprised when we saw Buddhist monks in one of the temples praying while surrounded by locals. We felt as if a higher being could exist from the way that the monks were praying, even though we didn't understand. They spoke the prayers aloud and in such perfect timing that it felt as if there was power in the spoken words.
My friends and I prayed to the gods. I wished for a good school year and to be able to get into a good college (Typical Junior year mindset).
People put money in the lion's mouth for luck and to hope for their wishes come true (this is a guess and may not be accurate so don't take my word for it).
Can we please acknowledge the large 27 meter statue in the main Lama Temple, that was also made from only one tree? For any american out there 1 meter= 3 feet, so do the math and see how many of you it would take to become as tall as this statue.