Photos: Buddhist Temple ceremony: ‘Appreciation Tower’

The ceremony was the culmination of the two-year project to give members of the temple a one-of-a-kind tower in Louisiana where people can visit the urns holding their departed loved ones any time they wish, even though Buddhists believe that a person is reincarnated into another form when they die, said Scott Hau, vice president of the Tam Bao Temple on Monterrey Boulevard in north Baton Rouge.

The eight-sided, three-tiered tower stands about 32 feet high and features eight stucco columns with metal lotus carvings stretching from column to column. More than 1,300 small glass windows cover the walls, allowing natural light to shine on the urns inside. A sparkling 16-armed chandelier hangs inside from the tip of the tower.