Peaceful places abound in Florida but there are some temples offering a different type of meditation and inspiration. Wat Florida Dhammaram is a sanctuary and monastery where daily chanting and meditation practice welcomes the public.
The hidden temple is a Theravada Buddhist monastery of the Dhammayut-Nikaya sect of Thailand. The main temple, called The Uposoth, is 3,680 square feet. featuring an impressive entrance with small temples inside with different Buddha statues of varying sizes.
As you enter the venue you will notice sacred pilgrimage sites with constructed replicas of sites found in India in honor of Lord Buddha. The shrines are located in a park surrounded by live oak trees and a walkway to stroll peacefully.
You can find a Buddhalila (walking Buddha), Mahabodhi Temple of Bodhgaya India and other replicas.
According to a Trip Advisor user, "Wat Florida Dhammaram is a very beautiful and peaceful location. You can go into the Thai Temples and see the magnificent decorations and Buddhas. The Monks are very friendly and willing to explain their religion to you and explain the items. It is well worth the time to see it. In October, they have a special food festival which is wonderful."
It is important to notice, this place is not a tourist attraction but a place to worship and meditate.
The monks live on the property and always ready to assist you if you have any questions. If you want to learn how to meditate properly, this temple is the right place for you. They offer morning chanting and meditation daily from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. and evening hours from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
No matter where you find yourself spiritually, Wat Florida Dhammaram is the ideal place to escape tropical Florida into a magical haven.
Wat Florida Dhammaram
Address: 2421 Old Vineland Rd., Kissimmee, FL 34746
Why you need to go: This monastery offers a peaceful environment to meditate and a place where you will be transported to India.