You’ll Never Guess the Location of this Sparkling Temple

“You missed the exit,” I said, as we sailed on past it one cold December evening. “Ugh, the traffic is bad on the other side of the freeway. It’s going to take forever to get back to the hotel.” We were trying to quickly return to our holiday homebase where my sister, niece, and nephews were going to join us for some swimming.

My husband groaned about it and at the next exit, we decided to take the side roads. We meandered through a neighborhood and all of a sudden, I noticed a sparkling jewel in the darkness.

“What is that?” I asked.


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A picture of Watt Lao Buddhamamakaram temple, a sparkling temple located in Columbus, Ohio of all places.

Unexpected Sight

Anyone who has lived in Columbus for awhile thinks it’s pretty boring, but it manages to serve up a surprise now and again. In addition to kick-ass places like COSI and the Columbus Zoo, there are a lot of fun things to do. It turns out there are also a few unexpected things to see, like the Watt Lao Buddhamamakaram temple (also written as Watlao).

A Sparkling Temple in the Night

“It looks like an amazing Christmas display,” I said. “Or something… different.”

It was exotic. I could tell it had nothing to do with the holidays upon further inspection (I was in Ohio for Christmas, so I had it on my brain). It wasn’t what one normally saw on the stark, snowy Ohio landscape. Yet, there it was in front of my eyes. Watt Lao Buddhamamakaram temple doesn’t look like it belongs in Columbus and yet, there it is. It was built in 2009 and I had no idea of its existence until we stumbled upon it during our home visit.

The next day, my husband surprised me by taking us to the temple to take pictures. It was a rare sunny, cloudless day. The winter sun is so bright and if I thought Watt Lao Buddhamamakaram was glittery at night, the daytime sparkle was almost blinding and oh-so-beautiful. If you’re in Columbus with a car, it’s worth the drive. It’s probably only about 10-15 minutes from downtown (unless it’s rush hour).

Location of Watt Lao

Watt Lao Buddhamamakaram is a temple located on the east side of Columbus, Ohio. If you want to see this gem for yourself, you will find it at 3624 Bexvie Ave, Columbus, OH 43227.

What unexpected or unique place have you stumbled upon in your home town or state?


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