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White Horse Temple

 Luoyang Attractions

Shanhaiguan Great Wall Introduction to White Horse Temple (白马寺)

White Horse Temple is situated in Baimasi Town of Luoyang. It is a national 4A tourism zone and the first ancient temple in China. White Horse Temple Luoyang is one of the most famous attractions of Luoyang.

The temple was first built during the Yongping reign of the Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220). From then, Buddhism was introduced to the East. Soon afterwards, Buddhism became a major religion of China and later spread to Japan and Korea. As a world famous Buddhist monastery, the White Horse Temple is respectfully regarded as the "Cradle of Chinese Buddhism".

Kasyapamatanga and Dharmaranya were the first two monks who came from Indian to China to preach Buddhism; the temple has the first pattra-leaf scripture introduced to China; the Qingliang Terrace in the temple was the first site for eminent monks to translate and lecture on Buddhist scriptures; the Forty-Two Chapter Sutra is the first scripture in the Chinese language; 

Mahasaugha Vinaya in Chinese is the first commandments and rules; the White Horse Temple is the first place for preaching Buddhist doctrines; and Zhu Shixing was the first Han people who left home and became a monk. The statues of Trikala Buddhas (Buddhas of the Past, the Present and the Future), 18 arhats and two heavenly guardians in the Grand Hall are a group of valuable Buddhist cultural relics.

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Baima Si Road, Luoyang

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Travel Information

Opening Hours: 7:30AM - 5:30PM

Admission: 50 Yuan

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1. Take buses  K56, K58, 87 or 91 getting of at White Horse Temple stop.


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Travel Tips 

1. Try to avoid visitng White Horse Temple during Golden Week and summer holidays.


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