18 July 2012

Lost in Los Angeles: Huntington Library

The wedding was on Saturday. That being said, we still had the whole morning to go out and see some sights. So that's exactly what we did. We went to the Huntington Library, which is this amazing estate south of Pasadena, where we were staying, and close to where the wedding will be held.

The Huntington Library is this treasure-trove of culture. There's a library that contains several articles of old manuscripts and other ancient texts. There are also several art galleries containing various objet d'art, but what I found most fascinating were the several gardens showcasing lots and lots of flora. We visited the library, but we opted to skip the galleries and instead check out the gardens, in the interest of time. Because seriously, we were there for 2 hours, and that wasn't enough to see the whole thing. Given the fact that we had a wedding to attend in the afternoon, we were pressed for time.

This is the library. There are several interesting pieces inside.

I think this is an old copy of sheet music.

I found this piece of artwork very interesting.

After checking out the library, we went out and saw the gardens. There was a garden that had plenty of sculpture in it.

I personally preferred the Chinese garden, with all its pagodas.

The Japanese garden even had a rock garden section, and there were people there who were trying to be Zen.

Perhaps my most favorite spot was the bamboo garden. I loved just sitting in between these tall grass, it's just unbelievable.


  1. Never heard of it, but I like the "zen" atmosphere!

    1. Zhu,

      The Zen atmosphere was indeed awesome; it was quiet, and I liked looking at the patterns in the rocks.

  2. I love the Zen garden. a friend used to visit here and showed me photos. itwas cool! :)


    1. You should definitely try to see it for yourself!

  3. I always wanted to have a Zen garden. I just love the simplicity of it!

  4. Charles,

    Zen gardens are really simple, isn't it? Just lines drawn on the sand but that is the thing that makes it beautiful.