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Know Your City No. 8 - Buddhist Temple

Know Your City No. 8 – Buddhist Temple

The eighth image in the Know Your City photography series was published in the Nov. 25, 1955, Los Angeles Times. The accompanying text reported:

KNOW YOUR CITY, NO. 8  –– This is very familiar to its 2300 members. And to thousands more. Even gives you the address: 119 N. Central Ave., near corner of E. 1st St. Just for fun of it, can you guess what it is? Find answer on Page 28, Part II.

ANSWER — As you might suspect from its Oriental architecture the building in the picture is the Hompa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple, a religious center in the heart of the city’s Little Tokyo. It has been around a long time, since 1927. This is run strictly for your amusement.

The temple was replaced in 1969 by a new Hompa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple at 815 E. 1st St. The old temple is now part of the Japanese American National Museum.

Dec. 30, 1944: Photo of the Hompa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple in Little Tokyo. During the World War II Japanese American internment, the temple was used as a Baptist church. This photo was published in the Dec. 31, 1944, Los Angeles Times. Credit: Los Angeles Times

July 22, 2015: The former Hompa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple in Little Tokyo is now part of the Japanese American National Museum. Credit: Scott Harrison/Los Angeles Times

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1 Comment

  1. January 20, 2016, 6:49 pm

    I love the design on that building

    By: step_13

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