Thursday, March 11, 2010
our last stop was the farthest but is still part of Old Manila Walks Big Binondo Food Wok map heritage trail. in fact this temple is considered as the biggest and the grandest of Manila Chinatown Buddhists temples.about fifteen to twenty-minute walk from Binondo's plaza and just a short walk from Tutuban center. walking under the heat of the sun was definitely a challenge knowing that none of us has been there.with the spire as our guide and people wearing red walking to that direction, it assured us that we're actually on the right path. the ground floor was filled with people and the smell of incense dominated.when we reached the second level, an open prayer room came into view. the place looked plain because of the limited kneelers but with the three grand Buddha statues it made the place look so majestic. i would consider it to be one of the most beautiful Chinese temple that i've seen so far in the country.the walls on top of the main room has a nice series of scenes that represented Buddhism' s very interesting history. a woman after praying, approached me and started sharing stories that gave me a glimpse of what the scenes depicted.it was very interesting because i never had the chance to explore in depth the history of Buddhism. thus, i didn't regret considering a visit to this temple to be our last stop. tiring yet it was all worth it.special thanks to Ivan Man Dy and Old Manila Walks for making the Big Binondo Food Wok map. i highly recommend you to join his tour of Binondo and to use the map when you return to the place. more thanks to bloggers cher,docgelo, ann, josh,and chyng, who joined this short Binondo walk.