Hsi Lai, the giant Buddhist temple in Hacienda Heights, translates roughly to 'coming west.' It was constructed in the 1980s by Fo Guang Shen, a Taiwanese Buddhist group with an aim to promote awareness and acceptance amongst Western peoples. One of the largest Buddhist temples in this region of the country, Hsi Lai is a truly sprawling and beautiful place. Complimentary tours are available and members of the public are encouraged to wander the grounds on their own. The temple also offers various classes for the benefit of the community, such a popular course in the benefits of Chinese vegetation cooking.
Good Options in Educa
The Hacienda La Puente Unified School District offers above average K-12 public school opportunities. The relative affluence of the area means there are also exceptional private school options available very nearby. St. Marks Lutheran School, a preschool through 8th grade institution located right in Hacienda Heights, has been awarded the National Blue Ribbon School designation, recognizing academic achievement and progress on the part of its students. There is also the Bishop Amat private high school located in the nearby town of La Puente and is a very popular education choice of the residents of Hacienda Heights.
Nature in the Neighbo
The entire Puente Hills area is interlaced with systems of connecting hiking trails, maintained and overseen by Puente Hills Corridor Native Habitat Preservation Authority, which is run like a State Park. The residents love this feature of their neighborhood and for good reason. It is possible to step off of an otherwise normal suburban street, hike half of a mile down a nature trail, and be astounded by a sweeping vista overlooking downtown L.A. There are enough trails and preserved natural areas in Hacienda Heights to keep the curious nature lover or bird watcher occupied for a very long time.