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Look At This Massive Buddhist Temple Being Built In Canada

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Development is underway for a gigantic oasis of serenity near Peterborough, Ont.

PTBOCanada.com visited the site on June 11 to check in on its progress and shared the photos with BuzzFeed Canada.
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PTBOCanada.com visited the site on June 11 to check in on its progress and shared the photos with BuzzFeed Canada.

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.

The project is meant to replicate the Four Sacred Mountains of Buddhism in China.
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The project is meant to replicate the Four Sacred Mountains of Buddhism in China.

According to PTBOCanada.com, the area was chosen for its natural beauty and peaceful surroundings.

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Once completed, it will be the largest Buddhist complex outside of China.

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It even has a man-made lake.

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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.

Like Lego!
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Like Lego!

Here's what the site will look like before and after construction.

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The retreat will eventually house a restaurant, gift shop and accommodation for extended stays.

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But there's no rush.

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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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Lauren Strapagiel is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto, Canada.

Contact Lauren Strapagiel at lauren.strapagiel@buzzfeed.com.

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