South Putuo Temple
Introduction to South Putuo Temple
Lying at the foot of Wulao Peak in the south of Xiamen Island, South Putuo Temple is famous in the south of Fujian, as well as in China. The temple is back on to a group of exquisite peaks and is adjacent to Xiamen University. It’s a great tourist destination in Xiamen.
The South Putuo Temple was first constructed in the Tang Dynasty, and was destroyed time and again in the following dynasties. In the 23rd year of Kangxi regin (1684) of Qing Dynasty, it was rebuilt again. The Puji Temple on Putuo Mountain in Zhoushan, Zhejiang Province mainly worship Goddess of Mercy, so does this temple. In addition, it is located in the south of Putuo Mountain, so it is named South Putuo Temple.
This temple is large in size, with an area of 25,800 square meters and a floorage of 21,270 square meters. The structures in the temple include the Hall of Heavenly Kings, the Shrine of Sakyamuni Buddha, the Hall of Great Compassion, and the Sutra House, all of which were built on hillsides, rising the Drum and Bell towers are situated on either. The Benevolence Tower is on the left and the Universally Shining Tower is on the right corresponding with each other, gorgeous and magnificent.
The architectural complexes with characteristics of the Buddhist temple look dignified, implying the meaning of "boundlessness of Buddha Dharma". The temple has endless worshippers and pilgrims all the year round. The statue of Goddess of Mercy with 1,000 hands was built with superb craftsmanship, and the Sutra House contains various kinds of Buddhist relics.
A great number of inscriptions by celebrities have been well preserved round the temple, and a Chinese character "佛" (Buddha) was inscribed on a cliff behind the temple, nearly five meters high and over three meters wide. Behind the temple is Wula Peak. Standing on the peak, tourists can overlook the mountains and sea in a distance.
The South Fujian Buddhist Academy, which was founded by Master Huiquan in 1925, is the oldest Buddhist academy in China. As the cradle to carry forward Buddhist Doctrines and cultivate Buddhist disciples, it owns the Health Preservation Academy, Library and other institutes, and has over 400 male and female monks. The South Fujian Buddhist Academy has trained a large number of Buddhist talents for China and the world.
No.515 Siming Road(South), Siming District, Xiamen
The Benevolence Tower, The Universally Shinning Tower
1. It can be reached by bus No. 1 and 21.
1. Avoid visiting during school holidays and Golden Week in October as there will be large numbers of local tourists.
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