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31/03/2014

Religious Sanctuaries in Guangzhou I

Hualin Temple

 

The Hualin Temple on Hualinsi Street best tours of China off Shangxiajiu Road in Liwan District has a particular meaning to Guangzho. During the Liang Dynasty, Bodhidharma, a prominent Buddhist monk from India, landed in the area of present Shangxiajiu Road. He built a thatched hut to propagate the Buddhist Zen Sect in China. People later called the hut “Temple from the West”. Propagation of the Buddhist Zen Sect in this temple continued through the Sui, Tang, Song, Yuan and Ming dynasties. In the early Qing Dynasty, Monk Zongfu collected funds and built the Mahavira Hall in 1655 and later other structures in the temple. Abbot Zhiyuan built a hall to house statues of 500 arhats at the order of the emperor. The Hall of the 500 Arhats is 31 meters wide and 44 meters long with a total area of 1,364 square meters. Except the 500 clay statues of arhats in the hall, there are also the statues of the “Buddhas of the Three Words” – Medicine Buddha, Gautama Buddha(Shakyamuni) and Amitabha Buddha.

Religious Sanctuaries in Guangzhou - Hualin Temple (Guangzhou)

Guangxiao Temple

Guangxiao Temple affordable China tours on Guangxiao Road is the oldest and largest Buddhist sanctuary in the Lingnan Region. The temple has a long history. A common saying goes: “First there was the Guangxiao Temple and then came Guangzhou”. The historical sites in the temple include the Mahavira Hall built in the Eastern Jin Dynasty, the 1,000-Buddha Iron Pagoda built in the Southern Han Dynasty, the Hall of the Sixth Patriarch and the Hall of Sleeping Buddha built in the Song and Ming dynasties. There are also ancient stone inscriptions, Buddha statues, Buddhist paintings and other rare Buddhist relics.

Religious Sanctuaries in Guangzhou - Guangxiao Temple (Guangzhou)

Temple of the Six Banyan Trees (Liurong Temple)

The Temple of the Six Banyan Trees (Liurong Temple) on Liurong Road, originally built 1,400 years ago in A.D. 537, is one of the four greatest Buddhist temples in Guangzhou. It has preserved many Buddhist cultural relics through its long history. The 57.6-meter-high Liurong Pagoda, formerly known as Dagoba, is famous in Guangzhou for its height. To its east is the temple’s front gate, the Hall of Maitreya, the Hall of Heavenly Kings and the Hall of Skanda. To the west of the pagoda is the Mahavira Hall with three giant brass statues of Buddha cast in 1663 during the Qing Dynasty. They are the largest brass statues from ancient times still in existence in Guangdong Province popular China tour package.

Religious Sanctuaries in Guangzhou - Temple of the Six Banyan Trees (Liurong Temple)

Enshrined in the Hall of the Sixth Patriarch in the Banyan Shade Garden is a brass statue of Monk Huineng, the Sixth Patriarch of the Buddhist Zen Sect. The seated statue, cast in A.D. 989 with a height of 1.8 meters and weighing about 1 ton, has a solemn and life-like look with the eyes closed. Luxuriant banyan trees give a large stretch of shade in front of the hall. more at chinatour.com like Hong Kong tour

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