Building Mystery Solved!


I wrote back in July of last year about an unidentified temple-like building I spied from I-675.

Turns out it is the Wat Lao Buddha Phothisaram.

Thanks to Atlanta Metblogs reader PenskeFan for the heads up. It’s been driving me crazy for over a year now!

Photo taken by Dennysmagikland.

14 Comments so far

  1. Paulie [eatl/ga] (unregistered) on March 4th, 2007 @ 7:50 am

    Darn I was hoping that it was going to be a new kick-ass Chinese restaurant.

  2. Annie (unregistered) on March 4th, 2007 @ 10:15 am

    ha! Alas, no, Paulie.

  3. jim (unregistered) on March 5th, 2007 @ 11:25 am

    The growing buddhist movement in america will make us go to war with china over tibet just like the other small religious minority have us despised by the arab muzlim world for our support of israel

  4. George Burdell (unregistered) on March 5th, 2007 @ 11:33 am

    Great insight Jim! Totally relevant to the topic! Please keep on commenting!!! No, really, no sarcasm here!

  5. Annie (unregistered) on March 5th, 2007 @ 2:20 pm

    I love you, George.

  6. dovetail (unregistered) on March 5th, 2007 @ 8:15 pm

    If you’re going to comment on being despised by someone, at least know how to spell them. Normally I’d let spelling go but, sheesh, it was only like one of the MOST important words in your missive. Or maybe you learned to spell from the “ying yang twins.”

  7. JB (unregistered) on March 7th, 2007 @ 12:13 pm

    I’ve seen the place dozens of times. Anyone know how to actually get to it?

  8. Annie (unregistered) on March 7th, 2007 @ 2:34 pm

    Not sure, JB, but it is close to an exit off 675, so I am guessing that would the exit to take if you were to go exploring. And if you are exploring, i am sure you will take pictures and share them with us, right? :-)

  9. atlkortez (unregistered) on March 7th, 2007 @ 11:38 pm

    Now, since you got that one figured out, can you help me with this one?

  10. Annie (unregistered) on March 8th, 2007 @ 8:49 am

    Kortez, I believe that is the old Archives building. Not sure of the exact name of it, but they moved the location to Morrow, I think.

    I have always thought it was kind of stupid to move it, because if someone comes in to Atlanta to do research, why move them out of the downtown area, where so much more is accessible and there is so much more to do, and make them go out to Morrow?

    Anyway, now that you know it is an archives building, the no windows makes sense. Just makes you wonder what anyone else on earth would want to use it for. . .

  11. kortez (unregistered) on March 9th, 2007 @ 3:32 pm

    Thanks so much for posting the answer. I was so curious I had it on my blog and maigh posted it on atlanta.metblogs for me too. You guys are great.

  12. Annie (unregistered) on March 9th, 2007 @ 3:47 pm

    No problem. I like to be a know-it-all.

  13. Woody (unregistered) on March 12th, 2007 @ 11:58 am

    This is so cool. Just last week a friend in Atlanta was telling me how a friend of his and spotted this building, and being a novice Buddhist, I wanted to find it. Since I was visiting the SO this weekend, I made plans to go looking. A little driving took us right to it. Take Moreland Avenue south from I-285, drive to the second light (I think it is Conley Rd), turn left. Just before you pass under I-675, the temple is on the left. This temple is charming and is definitely a labor of love for the people who use it.

  14. Annie (unregistered) on March 12th, 2007 @ 1:49 pm

    Awesome! I think you are the first person who actually went and checked it out. It is pretty cool, and not what you think of when you traditionally think of Atlanta.

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