Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine

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Just inland from the Pacific Coast Highway and easy to miss when you're rushing to catch the sunset, the mystical, mysterious Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine is run by a non-denominational order that welcomes visitors but doesn't proselytise to them. Set on a ten-acre site that was used as a film set during the silent era, the lovely gardens evoke old Hollywood: look out for the Dutch windmill chapel, the Mississippi houseboat and a number of gliding swans. The East, meanwhile, is represented by a gilded lotus gate enclosing a shrine that contains some of Gandhi's ashes.

Venue name: Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine
Address: 17190 Sunset Boulevard
at Pacific Coast Highway
Los Angeles

Opening hours: Gardens 9am-4.30pm Tue-Sat; noon-4.30pm Sun. Visitors' centre 9am-4pm Tue-Sat; 12.15-4pm Sun.
Price: free.
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