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What does it look like inside a Buddhist temple?

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There are many types of Buddhist temples built throughout the world, especially in Asia, and the appearance of the interior is different from temple to temple. Mainstays of Buddhist temples typically include a statue of the Buddha, incense, carved reliefs, candles and, of course, monks.

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What does it look like inside a Buddhist temple?
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Temple design and architecture are influenced by what Buddhism considers to be the five elements of the universe. These are earth, fire, air, water and wisdom, and different temples incorporate them differently. Buddhist temples are a place of silence and contemplation. The atmosphere inside is likely to remain hushed throughout the day, especially during the monks' worship.

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