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Basic information
6601 N 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19126, USA
Sectarian affiliation(s):
  • Mahayana
Cultural, linguistic, ethnic representation:
  • Korean
Geographic origins of institution, founder, or network:
  • Korea
Best time to visit:

Korean language services Sundays 11–1.

Date last visited: March 8, 2018
Other Basic Information:

Est. informally in 1989, formally in 1992. One monk in residence.

Local setting, neighborhood, demographics

The temple is located in the northern suburbs of Philadelphia. The temple’s attendees are of Korean descent and the predominant language is Korean. There are, on average, fifteen people per session.

Connections with medicine, healing, wellness

The temple focuses on prayers, chants, and reciting scripture. Avalokiteśvara (Kwan Um) is the central deity, and the temple holds ceremonies that emphasize chanting texts associated with him. Chants may promote general wellbeing, but the monk rejects the idea that ritual can be used to heal illness.