The Temple for Hope & Knowledge




I saw this while we were driving near Atlantic City, stopped and I took these pictures. No one was around, and I wasn’t going to knock on the door. What I’m curious to know is whether or not the interior of these buildings are normal rooms, or if the inside is open to the roof, like the Luxor Casino in Vegas is.

The Weird NJ page about it features a statement from the TFH&K about their mission.

4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by onlythefacts on September 3, 2009 at 2:50 AM

    Some of your timelines are off. This temple has been around many years 20+. There were more trees around the property so it was not a easily seen. There was a lawsuit that required the building to be sold at auction. The person who won the initial lawsuit bought it at auction. Then turned around and sold it for a large profit. The fire happend after all that took place. The original builder has since passed away. The temple was turned into a christian church by a group from Jamica I think.


  2. At the end it’s written “Head of the video department” LOL
    Loved it!


  3. Posted by Halsey on March 24, 2009 at 8:35 AM

    Most of the pics I took were digital Mavica. An ancient digital camera that records on 3 1/2 floppy. It turns out that the disk with all the temple shots was somehow erased, and I can’t tell you how furious I am about that. However, I do have a video on both VHS and digital ( mini DV ). The video also contains some really nice stills you could probably use for the site if you had the right equipment. I could mail you a copy of the video….just send me your address and I’ll see what I can do.

    Word up, to the supreme god infinity architect master builder of the universe!!!!


  4. Posted by Halsey on March 24, 2009 at 8:35 AM

    Wow, I’m glad I’m not the only person around Jersey who noticed that place. What an amazing creation…..people need to build more weird things, especially in Jersey. And so my story begins. I first noticed the temple on my way to the shore bout 2 years ago. Luckily, I had my video camera with me and I managed to get some really great shots. I was feeling rather bold on that particular day so I decided to see if anyone was hanging-out on the inside. But, to no avail, no one was about. Through the glass, on either sides of the large wooden door, I was able to get a clear view of what I guess is the central Ashram.

    To the left of the door stood 2 Large wooden thrones with fluffy velvet ass cushions, and a few smaller chairs scattered about. To my right, I could see a coffee machine in the far right corner, and about 6 shiatsu tables. “Pretty cool” I thought to myself, as I began knocking on the door. I must have knocked for at least 10 minutes on and off….. no one answered, so I left.

    I had to know more about this place and I wasn’t about to drive away without talking to someone. All of a sudden, I felt like I was on a mission with special agent Fox Molder trying to find the truth out there. Next stop, the music store across the street. The clerk at the shop tells me that the temple was built about a year ago and it was all over the local papers. An A.C. psychic ( who shall remain nameless ) built it with the insurance money she collected after her practice mysteriously burnt down. I thanked him for his info, bought the new Napalm Death CD, and hit the road. I’m overjoyed that you decided to include the temple on your site. Over the last couple years I haven’t been able to get that place outta my head. I’ve done a few random Google searches since then and the only thing that popped up was your site. I can’t believe Weird NJ hasn’t covered it by now but, I guess you beat them to it.


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