Development is underway for a gigantic oasis of serenity near Peterborough, Ont.
With an $80 million budget, the Cham Shan Buddhist Temple is being built on a tranquil 530-acre site by the Buddhist Association of Canada.
According to PTBOCanada.com, the area was chosen for its natural beauty and peaceful surroundings.
Once completed, it will be the largest Buddhist complex outside of China.
It even has a man-made lake.
The first temple being constructed was actually built in China with rosewood before being taken apart and shipped to Ontario to be put back together.
Here's what the site will look like before and after construction.
The retreat will eventually house a restaurant, gift shop and accommodation for extended stays.
But there's no rush.
The land was purchased back in the '90s and completion of all four temple sites could take up to 20 years, according to PTBOCanada.com.
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