The Buu Mon Buddhist Temple was established in 1980 in Beaumont—from which it takes its name. The temple, dedicated Aug. 15, 1987, is a four-tiered pagoda tower symbolizing tenets of Buddhism and housing a seven-foot-tall gilt-bronze statue of Buddha. In 1988, the Abbot of Buu Mon, Venerable Huyen Viet, established a garden on the temple grounds that has become a showplace, internationally known for its many varieties of lotus, water lilies, and bamboo. The temple entices visitors from all over Texas and other parts of the United States for its annual free Lotus Garden Tour, held annually in June. Hours: Temple and garden tours available by appointment. Admission: Free, donations accepted.