Faced with a glorious afternoon with the scent of spring in the air, Amy and I decided to take in one of the local attractions again and head out to Wawoo Temple, a privately-owned for-profit centre for Buddhist worship just a few kilometres down the road. We were lucky enough to be joined by Amy’s co-worker Michael (highly entertaining, as always) and Amy’s foster dog Cobe (ever-eager to explore new areas), and pulled up at the same time as a few supplicants to take the short walk around the grounds.
Various donors from different countries have contributed to or built the parts of the complex, giving the place a refreshingly varied feel. As we left the koi and terrapin ponds near the entrance, the resident jindo dogs, including a stocky puppy, ran up to investigate Cobe and would probably have seen her off if we hadn’t been there too (though Cobe herself was quite unconcerned). We hiked past a few statues, up to the famous Reclining Buddha, past murals depicting scenes from the Buddha’s life and finally up to a large Fasting Buddha statue inside an elephant-themed pavilion. With no rituals to perform, we then repeated this journey in reverse and made the most of the sunshine (welcome warmth on an otherwise cold weekend).