Wat Sovannkiri Buddhist Temple
3864 - 52nd St. San Diego, CA 92105
Contact Ven. Prom Khian Attagutto at 619-280-7633
“Wat Savannkiri is a
Cambodian and Laotion temple held by Prom Khian Attagutto. Prom is the head
monks among both temples since there are two temples along side each other.
First off, there have been only one temple that was part of Wat Savannkiri because the second temple have been a Christian church before, over nine years ago. Along with the time they decided to make the church into another temple. The second temple is mostly use for celebrating holidays and the big space is needed for those who comes to celebrate along with the temple. These huge monuments have a distinct structure to them. Surrounding around the temples with protection such as angels, guardians, warriors, lions, and dragons to keep away the evil. The colors and the sizes of the temple attract many curious eyes. Anyone is welcome to visit the popular temples and have a better understanding of the Buddhist religon by having a conversation with one of the monks if you like.”
Personal Experience: First off, there are two temples located across from each other. I only went inside one, but did photograph the outside of both. Make sure to check out both as they are both breathtakingly beautiful and filled with great detail.
I was unsure how the people would react to me coming there with my camera for the main purpose of documenting their temple. I was completely taken back with just how welcoming they were and the fact that they encouraged me to take photos inside the temple and anywhere else I wanted. I felt like I would give off a rude impression walking around with my camera and not actually being part of the temple, but thankfully I had the exact opposite experience. There were ladies selling food that they had made and fruit from their gardens. I bought some delicious, fresh guavas and jicama, chai tea and they insisted I sample their fried bananas (which were incredibly tasty)! Once inside the temple, there was a kind monk who let me look around and take a photo of him. Once again, he was over-the-top kind and humble. This was a great experience and what a beautiful temple! Defintiely photo-worthy. If you stop by, make sure you make a donation and buy some of their great food if they're out there selling. I went on a Sunday afternoon. I cannot speak for what it's like the rest of the week.
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