Norras Temple


A Tibetan Buddhist Temple in San Francisco's Chinatown, Norras Temple was modeled after the Norras Buddhist Temple in Tibet.

Constructed over five decades ago, Norras Temple is a Buddhist worship center. Of interest to visitors is the Buddhist altar constructed of imported Chinese wood. There are many symbols and icons of the Tibetan Buddhist religion throughout the temple, such as small Buddhist statues and life-sized mandalas. The temple is named after its predecessor in Tibet, the Norras Temple.

The temple is open for visitors daily from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. A self-guided tour takes about 30 minutes to one hour and is usually not too crowded. Patrons of all ages are admitted to the temple, but the temple would most appeal to those aged pre-teen and older. Public parking space is very limited, so visitors would do well to walk or take public transportation.

Norras Temple resides a 20-minute car ride north of San Francisco International Airport. Tourist sites nearby the temple include the rest of Chinatown, the Tin How Temple, San Francisco Ferry Building, the Embarcadero, AT&T Park, Alcatraz Island, San Francisco Railway Museum, Cable Car Tours and Museum, Coit Tower, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

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