Visiting Yuan-Dao Guanyin Temple, what comes into view first is the magnificent antique-feel “Grand Gate” and the refreshing “Water Wall” – both are out of Master Lee’s creativity.
The Grand Gate is adorned with the “Seal of Myriad Dharmas in Oneness (wanfa yuantong yin萬法圓通印)”– one of the four major seals of Forshang Buddhism. In height of 7.5 meters and 1500 kilograms in weight, the Grand Gate is supported by the pillars made of Belian wood, which is also referred to as “Borneo ironwood” due to its hardness, durability, density, and high resistances to water, worm attack, and rot.
As to the Water Wall on both side of the Grand Gate, there is a hidden mechanism. During the daytime, the transparency of the water as the fence opens the Temple to the outside world, rather than circumscribe it. The Water Wall,however, changes into stainless steel railings at the end of the day so as to guard the temple. Very genius design, aesthetic and functional!