Fresno Buddhist Temple

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The Fresno Buddhist Temple (formerly known as the Betsuin Buddhist Temple and Mrauk Oo Dhamma) is three-story Buddhist temple in Fresno, California, United States.

History[edit]

The temple was built by Issei to replace a wooden temple that burnt down in 1919,[1] the temple features gilded columns, marble stairs, detailed woodwork and a Spanish tile roof. The entire building was built by local people of Japanese ancestry.[1]

During World War II the building was closed due to the internment of people of Japanese ancestry. This included United States citizens. After re-opening, the building served as a hostel and an education center, before eventually reopening as a temple, again.

In the summer of 2011, the congregation placed the building and location up for sale for $1.1 million.[1][2]

It was purchased in 2018, and it became a Burmese Buddhist temple. The temple, now called the Mrauk Oo Dhamma, cost $750,000 for a group of Burmese-American physicians and their families to purchase.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Diana Marcum (2011). "Closure of historic temple in Fresno dismays Japanese American community". Religion. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 21 January 2012.
  2. ^ "Transitions". Preservation. National Trust for Historic Preservation. 64 (1): 9. 2012.
  3. ^ Daniel, Alice. "A Landmark Temple In Chinatown Finally Gets New Owners". KVPR. Retrieved 9 January 2020.

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Coordinates: 36°43′42″N 119°47′42″W / 36.728280°N 119.794967°W / 36.728280; -119.794967