Hampton, Minnesota, is the epicenter of Cambodian Buddhism this weekend.
The town south of the Twin Cities is home to America's biggest Cambodian Buddhist temple, which is called Watt Munisotaram.
This weekend thousands of visitors will arrive – many of them from Asia – to help sanctify the new reflection pond on the 40-acre campus and its centerpiece: a 20-foot statue of Buddha, protected by a seven-headed snake.
A crowd of 3,000-4,000 is expected for Saturday's ribbon-cutting ceremony dedicating the new reflection pond with Buddha at its center. Organizers tell the Hastings Star Gazette about 130 monks will be there from countries including Tibet, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, and Japan.