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Yongfu Monastery

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Introduction to Yongfu Monastery (永福寺)

Yongfu Monastery covers an area of 20 hectares and is made up of 5 courtyards: Puyuan Jingyuan, Jialing Jiangyuan, Zhiyan Huiyuan, Guxiang Tanyuan and Fuquan Chayuan. There are over 1,000 trees within the monastery which complements the tranquil yet elegant environment. Tourists who visit Yongfu Monastery will be amazed by the historical landscape and ancient Buddhist Culture which is unique to Hangzhou. 

Puyuan Jingyuan

During the Wuyue Kingdom period, Yongfu Monastery was known as Puyuan Temple. The main hall of Puyuan Jingyuan houses a Thousand Hands Buddha which is wood carved. To the left of the courtyard is the reception room and is responsible for receiving monks and worshippers. To the right of the courtyard is Wuguan Hall and Yunshui Hall which are used for daily work purposes and Buddhist events. 

Jialing Jiangyuan 


The main hall of Jialing Jiangyuan is Fàn Lài Hall which is the main lecture hall and music hall of Yongfu Monastery. Fàn Lài Hall was also Hangzhou’s first multifunctional art hall. To the left of the courtyard is Wenjing Ge which is where Buddhist Calligraphy and painting are shown. There is also Yiming Zhai which has a wide variety of Buddhist Art Literature that is available for reading. 

Zhiyan Huiyuan

Within the Zhiyan Huiyuan courtyard is Daxiong Main Hall which has statues of Sakyumuni, Mahakassapa and Ananda. At the front of Zhiyan Huiyuan is Fuxing Ge which has been the place for worshipping since the Song Dynasty. From the front of the courtyard there is a beautiful view of the West Lake, Fei Lai Feng and the North Peak. 

Guxiang Tanyuan

The front building of Guxiang Tanyuan is Zangjing Ge which has a set of Qianlong Zanjing and a very rare Sakaymuni statue which is said to be the treasure of Yongfu Monastery. On the other side of Guxiang Tanyuan is Sansheng Hall which houses statues of Amitābha, Avalokite?vara and Mahāsthāmaprāpta. The Buddhist statues were made using traditional Tang Dynasty gold gilding technique. 

Fuquan Teahouse


Fuquan Teahouse is one of the most relaxing experiences for visitors to Yongfu Monastery. Tasting the Longjing tea is a must try for visitors to the teahouse along with the delicious vegetarian food. Whether you choose to sit indoors or outdoors you can still take in the beautiful scenery and the tranquil atmosphere while sipping on some refreshing tea. 

   
Shanhaiguan Great Wall

Location

No.16 Fayun Lane, Lingying Road, West Lake District, Hangzhou

   
Shanhaiguan Great Wall

Travel Information

Admission Fee: No charge (Yongfu Monastery locates inside the Klippe scenic area, you need to pay RMB 45 to enter the Klippe.)
Opening Hours: 7:00-18:00
Best Time to Visit: All year round

   
Shanhaiguan Great Wall

Transportation 

Take bus No. Y2, Holiday Line 4, 7, 324 or 807 to get off at Lingyin Station.

   
Shanhaiguan Great Wall

Travel Tips 

  • Better avoid visiting during Chinese holidays for it will be crowded here.
  • It would be interesting to try the no-charged telescope in the main hall, from which you could see scenic West Lake.
   
   

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