Salt Lake City Temple Square is the headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ, Latter Day Saints (the Mormoms). It is also one of Utah’s biggest tourist destinations.
If you are on a layover in SLC Airport, there is a way to visit the square for free by riding the airport shuttle vans over. Allow two hours between your flight and ask any airport employees for help on getting to where you need to be. They will even store your luggage while you go. More information can be found here.
There are lots of free concerts in Temple Square that were advertised on boards throughout the area. My kids were tired from the journey, so we didn’t get to attend the one the night we visited. There was a bagpipe musician playing near the gate of the square. I assume he was a local guy busking for the tourists, as he played “auld lang syne” instead of what you would consider to be the classic church hymns an official musician would play. The iconic Tabernacle Hall where the Tabernacle Choir performs was impressive! They did a short demonstration on the acoustics (dropping a pin, tearing a piece of paper) and I really wished we could have listened to a performance in that setting.
The kids enjoyed seeing the Bible story paintings on the wall, and the large celestial Jesus. I hope I’m not showing ignorance of the Mormon religion, as I know they accept the traditional Christian Bible with the addition of the Book of Mormon. But I will say there was more Bible and less Book of Mormon than I expected.
There were definitely a lot of people in the complex when I visited. I was surprised at the amount of Asian tourists. As an American (and non-Morman), Salt Lake City isn’t really high on my vacation destination list. But they seemed to be having a good time. Would love some insight into this… is it just one stop on a larger southwest tour? Is SLC doing marketing in Asian countries to push their destination? Inquiring minds!
While it was a good way to spend a couple hours while stuck in the city, and if I’m in the neighborhood again I will probably stop by. There’s a great buzz while still having the serenity of a religious area. But, I probably wouldn’t travel to Salt Lake City expressly for the opportunity to check out the square.