Kaiyuan Temple Guide

-Travel to Kaiyuan Temple

The Kaiyuan Temple in the West Street of Quanzhou is a thousand-year-old temple renowned locally and internationally. It was built in 686, the second year of Chuigong in the Tang Dynasty. It was originally named "Lotus Temple" and was changed to the present name in 783, the twenty-sixth year of Kaiyuan in the Tang Dynasty, when Emperor Xuanzong edited that every prefecture build a temple in his honor. Kaiyuan temple through Song, Yuan, Ming, Qing till now, large scale repair for about more than ten times in successively, build pattern is approximately divide into three part.

The Kaiyuan Temple shares the same reputation with the Guangji Temple in Beijing and Lingyin Temple in Hangzhou, being rare in China and the largest existing in South Fujian. On an area of 70,000 m2, the temple is laid out with the gate and the Daxiong Hall in its axis, and the outside screen wall "Purple Cloud", Heavenly King Hall, Worshiping Pavilion, East and West Corridors, Daxiong Hall, Ganlu Buddhist Vowing Hall, Scripture Hall arranged in a line, forming a neat and symmetrical pattern, grandiose as it is.
Location: Jingyuan Xiang, Gulou District, Fuzhou; Opening Hours: 7:30 - 17:30; Contact number: + 86-10-58968802 Tickets: CNY 10

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