Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Guan Yin Statue Vandalized

A newly erected 12 feet statue of Boddhisattva Guan Yin at Kim Gang Temple in Davenport, Florida, USA was vandalized either late last Saturday or early Sunday. The two hands of the statue were broken. The broken left hand of the statue were left at the temple together with a few fingers from the right hand by the vandals. A silky, lemon-colored sheet was draped over the statue like a cloak to cover the broken wrists.

One of the devotees of the temple Alven Nguyen said the devotees will get the damaged statue restored. Two new hand crafted hands will be ordered from the original maker in Vietnam. According to Alven, the temple would now install a security camera, an alarm system and a fence.

The main nun of the temple said, she did not want the vandals to be jailed but hoped whoever did that would realize their mistake and never repeat the act.

The case is now under investigation by the local police.

Alven Nguyen with a monk holding the left hand of the damaged statue