What Is a Buddhist Temple Called?

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A Buddhist temple is called a pagoda. During festivals and on full-moon days, Buddhists gather in pagodas to chant hymns and pray to Lord Buddha. They worship the five elements of nature, namely fire, wind, water, wisdom and the Earth.

Typically, a pagoda is a wooden structure with several tiers, and they come in various shapes. Inside, they house statues of the Buddha and some candles along with incense burners.

A pagoda is usually built close to a “vihara,” or a guest house. In ancient times, Buddhist monks often traveled far and wide, and these pagodas and viharas served as places of worship and rest.