Apr 142014

Mysterious Self Realization Fellowship Lake ShrineJust 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.

Address: 17190 Sunset Boulevard
at Pacific Coast Highway
Santa Monica
Los Angeles
Venue phone: 1-310 454 4114
Venue website: www.lakeshrine.org

Gardens’ hours: 9am-4.30pm Tue-Sat; noon-4.30pm Sun
Visitors’ Centre hours: 9am-4pm Tue-Sat; 12.15-4pm Sun
Admission: free