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 – 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.

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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.
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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 – 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


Local Shot Spots – Point Fermin Lighthouse

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Point Fermin Lighthouse
Point Fermin Lighthouse

This graceful Stick Style Victorian building in San Pedro, CA, is surrounded by colorful flower gardens. Designed by Paul J. Pelz, a draftsman for the US Lighthouse Board, it is one to the oldest lighthouses on the west coast. It was built in 1874 with lumber from California redwoods and served as an aid to safe passage between the Channel Islands and into the harbor for nearly one hundred years. The land for the lighthouse was donated by Jose Diego Sepulveda. Website