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Guiyuan Buddhist Temple

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Introduction to Guiyuan Buddhist Temple (武汉归元寺)

It consists of North, Middle, and South Courtyard. The main building of North Courtyard is the Tripitaka Sutra Pavilion which measures 25 meters high. There are a lot of Buddhist antiques in the pavilion. The most famous and impressive building in the complex is the Arhats Hall, which contains 500 arhat (Buddhist saints) statues. The statues inside are all quite different and intricately designed, so it's well worth the time to thoroughly explore the temple.

Guiyuan Temple, situated on Cuiwei Street, is one of the four largest Buddhist meditation temples in Hubei as well as an important Buddhist temple in China. The temple is still one of Wuhan’s popular sightseeing sites.The temple was first built in the early Qing dynasty (1644-1911) by two monks named Baiguang and Zhufeng on the base of Sunflower Garden which was owned by a poet. The temple got its name from the Buddhist chant: "When guided by purity, one can go anywhere." Guiyuan Temple has survived through more than 300 hundred years of repeated cycles of prosperity and decline. 

Above all others, it has always led the other temples in Wuhan with prosperous public worship, flourishing Buddhist ceremony, and welcoming many pilgrims. The temple was destroyed and rebuilt several times in its history and the present temple dates from the early Republic of China (1912-1949). Covering an area of 46,900 square meters with a floor space of 20,000 square meters, the temple mainly consists of Daxiongbaodian Hall, Arhat Hall, and the Sutra Collection Pavilion.

   
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Location

No.20 Cuiwei Heng Road, Wuhan, China

   
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Main Sights

Tripitaka Sutra Pavilion, Arhats Hall, Daxiongbaodian Hall

   
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Travel Information

Admission: 20 Yuan

Opening Hours: 8:30AM - 5:30PM

   
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Transportation 

1. Take buses 26, 42, 531, 535, 553, 585, 607, 608, 648, 705, 707, 708, 710, 711, 740 or 803.

   
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Travel Tips 

1. Try to avoid visiting the Guiyuan Temple during Golden Week and summer holidays where the crowds and number of visitors will be substantially higher than usual.

 

 


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