China Town, Amsterdam
In 1994 some prominent Chinese entrepreneurs requested AMSTERDAM's Mayor to be allowed to built a Chinese-Budhhist temple at the Zeedijk in Amsterdam.
This was a project in close collaboration with the I.B.P.S. (International Buddhist Progress Society), the Buddhist organisation from Taiwan.
September 17th 1996 the official 'GROUND-BREAK-CEREMONY" took place and Master Hsing Yun himself had come to Amsterdam.
September 10th 1998 the foundation was laid and the highest point was reached Februari 2000.
The temple is wonderful to see although the day we were there, March 13th AMSTERDAM MEETING, the most wonderful parts were covered in plastic to keep them safe for rain and especially frost after rain fall! Frozen rain could easily break down the wonderful decorations!
The hane HE HWA means LOTUS.
The lotus flower in Buddhism symbolizes the opportunity for enlightenment.
But the word HE is also part of the Chinese word for The Netherlands which in Chinese is He Ian.
The name also expresses the wish that Buddhism may florish in The Netherlands.
The FOUNDER of BUDDHISM, SAKYAMUNI BUDDHA was born in what now is NEPAL, 2500 years ago.
After a lengthy period of intensive training in seclusion and training in meditation, Buddha realized the opportunity to overcome the suffering in human existence.
During the next 45 years Buddha shared all his wisdom with everyone who was interested and wanted to know and learn.
The life of the person Sakyamuni Buddha gives extreme inspiration and will always be an example for us of how to live a life with mental, spiritual training.
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Walking the streets of Amsterdam brought us this surprise, the Fo Guang Shan He Hua Temple, on a small side street, sandwiched between some modern buildings...it was impossible to get a good photo, not enough space on the street. But in typical asian architectural style with the sloped roofs and arched corners it made a bright addition to this street.
Visit the Chinatown from Amsterdam.......Buy all what you need for cooking in the Chinese supermarkets or go to have diner in one of the real Chinese restaurants. It's only 5 minutes walking from the central station.
This picture was in the Dutch newspaper, it is a buddhist temple at the Zeedijk (is a street), which is situated in the red light district, it has been opened on the 15th of September 2000 by our queen Beatrix. When you are on your way to the Nieuwmarkt or the redlight district be sure to pass through the Zeedijk. The temple is a strange thing to see, especially in the hart of Amsterdam stuck between old dutch buildings.
Very close to Nieuwmarkt there is a hidden gem , not to much touristic , ChinaTown , which is one of the oldest "chinatowns" in Europe beside london (from 1911).
You can see street names in Chinese and even find a big Buddhist temple.
He Hua Temple or with it's full name Fo Guang Shan He Hua Temple is located in Amsterdam's Chinatown.
The temple is the largest Buddhist temple in Europe built/designed by Dutch architect Fred Greven.
The temple is open Tuesday to Saturday from 12:00-17:00 and on Sundays from 10.00-17.00
With the size of China and its population, it's juz reasonable to spill over worldwide and Chinatown is a result of that phenomenon. So almost every big cities in the world have their Chinatown...and share to everyone that great chinese culinary art, you know I mean food, right? and culture...and herbal...and chinese tea... and tai chi...and..stop! am running out of lists.
becoz it has lots of nice restaurants in it........ plus, if u like to cook, also lots of nice oriental shops.... u can also buy small Chinese souvenirs....
don't be fooled by the EUR 7.50 all u can eat... usually d food isn't that good. well, if u wanna save money on food, it's ok, but don't expect yummy food
u should also check d temple out. it's not authentic though.... very different from d one in China...
Just beside the Schreierstoren is the Geldersekade and there we hit on a typical Amsterdam, Dutch sight even. A bridge where bicycles are parked.
If you are a buddhist, you can visit this temple. The ppls in this temple can speak chinese.
Not very big, but enough for you to pray in here for a while