During my third year as resident of the city and the first one with a decent camera, I decided to explore the frozen world of the first days of January. While looking for a way to the Yelagin islands, I found myself leaving the metro station Staraya Derevnya (Old town) in a not so old district. It was one of the coldest days I can still remember in all the years I’ve been here, so after some minutes walking, I thought I needed to find some place to warm up a little before entering the island park.
It’s then when a tall, stone building with golden decorations appeared. To my surprise, I found the facade to be surrounded by little papers and colorful fabrics, contrasting with the snow. The Buddhist Temple in Saint Petersburg is one of those places that immediately makes you travel miles away – even as it’s surrounded by the city, you just need to enter the yard to feel a little like you’re in some province around Nepal.
After taking some pics, I entered the temple. Actually it was my first time visiting a Buddhist temple, so everything caught my attention: the candles, the mix of gold and red, and the quiet ambience of the place. It was some kind of oasis in the city.