Local Shot Spot – Long Beach Sagely Monastery

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Long Beach Sagely Monastery
Long Beach Sagely Monastery
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The Long Beach Sagely Monastery on Ocean Blvd in Long Beach, CA, had been a Carmelite Catholic convent for 40 years. It was purchased by the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas when the nuns moved to a new place in Santa Barbara. When the Buddhists purchased the property, they asked them to leave the statue of the Virgin Mary in the front, because they also worship her as Guanyin Bodhisattva. Even now, Catholics still come to pay homage and bring offerings of fresh flowers almost every day.

Monastery website


Local Shot Spot – Lyon Air Museum

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Lyon Air Museum
Lyon Air Museum
Lyon Air Museum
Lyon Air Museum
Lyon Air Museum
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Lyon Air Museum opened in 2009 on the west side of John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, California. Founded by Major General William Lyon, the museum exhibit is comprised of some of the rarest operational aircraft and vehicles in the world and related memorabilia. Docent led tours take visitors for a walk through history as they stroll among the machines and artifacts from the defining event of the 20th century – World War II.

Lyon Air Museum website




Local Shot Spot – The Huntington Chinese & Japanese Gardens

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The Huntington Chinese & Japanese Gardens
The Huntington Chinese & Japanese Gardens
The Huntington Chinese & Japanese Gardens
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Flowing one into the other, the 9 acre Japanese Garden, completed in 1912 and opened in 1928, and the 12 acre Chinese Garden, the Garden of Flowing Fragrance, Liu Fang Yuan, opened in 2008, offer visitors more than a Western recreation of Eastern gardens. Elements of the five-room Japanese House were created in Japan, shipped to Pasadena around 1904 and acquired by Henry Huntington in 1911. The moon bridge, commissioned by Huntington, was built by Japanese craftsman Toichiro Kawai. The ceremonial teahouse, called Seifu-an (the Arbor of Pure Breeze), was built in Kyoto in the 1960s. Architects and artisans from Suzhou, the renowned garden city of southern China, worked with California builders and gardeners to complete the Chinese Garden.

The Huntington website


Local Shot Spot – The Bay Lights

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The Bay Lights
The Bay Lights
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The Bay Lights is the world’s largest LED light sculpture, 1.8 miles wide and 500 feet high. Inspired by the Bay Bridge’s 75th Anniversary, artist Leo Villareal creates a never repeating, dazzling display of 25,0000 LED white lights. This iconic light sculpture shines from dusk until dawn on the San Francisco Bay Bridge west span from March 5, 2013 through March 2015. In collaboration with the State of California, a long-term proposal will bring the installation back in early 2016 and will remain forever brilliant.
Illuminate The Arts website


Local Shot Spot – Westin Bonaventure Hotel

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Westin Bonaventure Hotel
Westin Bonaventure Hotel

The Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites is a 367-foot (112 m), 35-story hotel in Los Angeles, California, constructed between 1974 and 1976. Designed by architect John C. Portman, Jr., it is the largest hotel in the city. The top floor has a revolving restaurant and bar. Encompassing an entire city block in the heart of Los Angeles, the hotel has 1,358 guest rooms and suites and a signature six-story atrium lobby.
Hotel Website


Local Shot Spots – The Walter Pyramid

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The Walter Pyramid
The Walter Pyramid
The Walter Pyramid

The Walter Pyramid, opened on November 30, 1994, is an indoor multi-purpose arena on the campus of California State University, Long Beach in Long Beach, California. Each side of the 18-story Pyramid measures 345 feet (105 m). It was designed by architect Don Gibbs (a CSULB graduate) and built by the Nielsen Construction Company of San Diego. The facility holds 7,000 spectators in a seating system that can be hydraulically raised to expose 39,000 square feet of beechwood flooring for 3 full-court, 6 half-court basketball areas and 5 volleyball areas. It also houses a full-service fitness center and The Pointe, an educational conference center. http://tinyurl.com/7mam9nf


Local Shot Spots – Anderson Street Water Tower

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The Anderson Street Water Tower rises 87 feet into the air from a 35 square foot lot just off PCH in Sunset Beach. It was built in the late 1800s to service the steam trains that ran from Los Angeles to San Diego. It was rebuilt in the 1940s with a capacity of 75,000 gallons and was used for the area’s water system until 1975. When it was in danger of being demolished in the 1980s, local architects stepped in, got permits and converted it into a 3-story, 2,800 sq. ft. home. It is now available for events and vaction rental at about $5000/week. Real estate info with interior pictures.

Anderson Street Water Tower


Local Shot Spots – Old LA Zoo

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Old LA Zoo
Old LA Zoo
Old LA Zoo
Old LA Zoo

The Griffith Park Zoo in Griffith Park, Los Angeles, CA, opened in 1912 with 15 animals. The LA Daily News called the zoo an “inadequate, ugly, poorly designed and under-financed collection of beat-up cages.” It was closed in 1966 and the animals were moved to the new zoo several miles away. Rather than being torn down, it was simply abandoned and quickly decayed into modern “ruins”. Some of the “rock” animal enclosures are now the backdrop for a picnic area. You can hike up into the hills to find other enclosures and buildings. Map