Kaifeng Daxiangguo Temple
In the first year of Chang'an of Tang Dynasty,a monk called Huiyun arrived in Kaifeng who said that there were evidences of anima here. Then he began to begged and collected money to buy lands and build the temple. After the temple was built,the name board of Jian Guo Temple of Northern Qi Dynasty was dug out.So the temple continued to be named Jian Guo Temple.
During the first year of Yanhe in Tang Dynasty ,Emperor Ruizong Li Dan named Jian Guo Temple to Xiang Guo Temple in order to memorized that he became emperor.
As a royal temple, the entire complex has 64 temples. Among them three main halls are of the greatest interest. The main buildings are Tian Wang Dian (Hall of the Celestial Kings), Ba Jiao Liu Li Hall (a hall with eight angles and roof made of colored glaze), Da Xiong Bao Dian (the Great Buddha's Hall), Phra Mondop (depositary of Buddhist sutra) and so on.
The large rectangular Tathagata Hall (Daxiongbaodian) is where monks perform daily chanting rituals in front of three huge Buddhas. The hall is solemnly built, with carved beams and painted rafters. The Great Buddha's Hall is rounded with bluestone banister, on which tens of lively and vivid little lions are carved. There often are some exhibitions of cultural and historical relics and works of art for there is no statues of the gods or Buddha now.
The octagonal Arhat Hall (Luohandian) features upturned eaves and painted roof beams. In this hall there is a breathtakingly gorgeous four-sided golden Avalokitesavara which is said to be carved from a single tree over 50 years. She has six main arms, one set holding aloft a Buddha and 1000 other arms radiating outward with an eye in each palm.
The rear Tripitaka Hall has two floors, the upper holding sutras and the lower a white Burmese jade Buddha in the Burmese style.
How to Get There
You can get on Bus 5 or Bus 9 at the railway station and get off at Da Xiang Guo Temple. Bus 20 can go directly to Da Xiang Guo Temple as well.
Address::No.36, West Free Road, Kaifeng City, Kaifeng, Henan
Price Range:￥20. ~ ￥20.
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