During open hours, self-guided English audio tours are available free of charge in the Information Center to individual or small groups (10 or less). The audio tour covers all the major parts of the temple and lasts about 40 minutes. It pairs well with a nice vegetarian lunch in our famous dining hall.
Hsi Lai Temple now offers free guided weekend tours for individuals or small groups of 14 or less. No advance reservation is needed! Just gather at the Information Center according to the schedule mentioned below, where a docent will begin the tour.
The schedule for drop-in guided tours is
Each Saturday and Sunday at 1:30pm. (Beginning in March.)
The tour will last about one hour and cover most of the temple grounds, except for the museum. For a small entrance fee ($1.00), you are welcome to visit the museum before or after the tour. Combined with our buffet lunch, a drop-in tour is a great way to spend a weekend afternoon.
For groups of 15 or more, reservations are available Tuesday through Saturday between 10:00 a.m.to 3:00 p.m.
Please, book 10 days in advance.
Scheduled tours take about 1 ½ hours and cover the entire temple: the Bodhisattva Hall, gardens, courtyard, and Main Shrine.
For scheduled tours, a $2 dollar donation per person is appreciated.
For a scheduled tour AND lunch, there is a suggested donation of $9 per person (Lunch by itself is normally $8.).
We can accept cash or checks payable to I.B.P.S. Attn: Tour Division
To make a reservation for your group, please fill out the FGS Hsi Lai Temple Group Tour Reservation Form available here or contact our Tour Division at (626)961-9697 ext. 131 for further information.