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Yuantong Temple

 Kunming Attractions

Shanhaiguan Great Wall

Introduction to Yuantong Temple (昆明圆通寺)

The construction of Yuantong Temple was originally constructed in the Tang Dynasty, and it was first named Butuoluo Temple. In the year 1301 during the Yuan Dynasty, the emperor ordered the temple to be destroyed and rebuilt from scratch, and gave it its name, Yuantong Temple. The expansion program didn’t finish until 1319, lasting 18 years in total. There were also several expansion programs in the following Yuan and Qing Dynasties. In recent years, continuous restoration and expansion programs were launched in Yuantong Temple. 

Work was especially notable in 1990, when the Bronze Buddha Hall in Xiaocheng Buddha Temple and the Sutra Depository in the east of the temple were built. Thus, the three systems of Chinese Buddhism were brought together in Yunnan Province and is the only temple of its kind in all of China. 

The central hall of the temple is Yuantong Treasure Hall which has seven separate rooms, all decorated in the style of ancient Chinese architecture, such as the glazed facing tiles and cornice, the splendid arch, and the dazzling color painting. All of the rooms radiate the very magnificence and grandeur of the temple. There are many Buddha statues in various stances, which are aligned according to the primary and secondary order in Daxiongbao Hall. 

There are two columns with intertwined dragons on each side of the main Buddha statue, which is 10 meters tall. The dragons engraved in the columns are blue-green and yellow respectively, baring their claws and teeth, clearly ready to attack. The dragon in Yuantong Temple, which is rarely seen in other temples, is the symbol of an emperor in Chinese Feudal Society.

   
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Location

No.42 Yuantong Street, Wuhua District, Kunming, Yunnan Province

   
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Main Sights

Tianwang Hall, Free Life Pond, Yuantong Hall, Bronze Buddha Hall

   
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Travel Information

Admission: 6 yuan

Openning Hours: 8:00am~5:30pm

Visiting Time: 2 hours

Best Time to Visit: Yuantong Temple is suitable to visit all year round

   
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Transportation 

Take bus Z5, 85, 92, 95, 100, 101, 119 or 187 to Yuantong Road Station directly.

   
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Travel Tips 

1. You can have a vegetarian meal in Yuantong Temple at 11:30am and 5:00pm, which is only 5 yuan and popular among tourists.

2. There will be grand and bustling Buddhist activities if you come to visit on the first and fifteen day of each lunar month.


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