You don't have to fly across the sea to get a taste of a foreign country. If you do a little exploring, plenty of hidden gems in Florida will whisk you away to Asia without ever leaving the Sunshine State — like this hidden Buddhist temple near Orlando.
Whether you have a love for cultures different from your own, want to experience something new, or simply love to eat foreign foods, a visit to the Chua Bao An Buddhist Temple in Apopka will satisfy your wanderlust and your need for eats.
While you can't visit here during the week, the temple opens its doors every Sunday offering a chance for you to sit in on a Buddhist meditation ceremony and let your stresses go. Whether you decide to sit in on the ceremony or not, walking the grounds and admiring the ornate Asian architecture is enough to bring you peace.
Some people even leave offerings like oranges for the smiling Buddha.
The temple also offers classes for people wanting to learn Vietnamese alongside their market, where you can get all sorts of goodies. You can enjoy items like egg rolls, summer rolls, fried sesame balls with mung bean filling, stir fry yellow egg noodles with veggies, noodle soups, Vietnamese pancakes & crepes, steamed rice cakes with mung bean filling & much more. Most of the items are vegetarian-friendly!
We're all searching for that little piece of peace in our lives; we may just be due for a trip to see the buddha, leaving our stresses at the door.
An overview of the Chua Bao An Buddhist Temple can be seen below. While you're in Apopka, you may as well take yourself on a succulent safari at this massive cactus & succulent greenhouse. Tampa also has a hidden temple that is insanely beautiful, offering their own tasty Sunday market.
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Chua Bao An Buddhist Temple
Address: 5788 N Apopka Vineland Rd Orlando, Florida
Hours: Sundays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; closed all other days.
Occasionally hosted events will extend their hours.
Why You Need To Go: A chance to sit in on a ceremony and enjoy delicious food from their market. They serve up items like egg rolls, summer rolls, fried sesame balls with mung bean filling, stirred fry yellow egg noodles with veggies, noodle soups, Vietnamese pancake/crepe, & streamed rice cakes with mung bean filling. Most items are vegetarian-friendly!
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