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The South Putuo Temple, Nanputuo Temple built in Tand Dynasty (618-907), is situated in the southeast of Xiamen City adjacent to Xiamen University and Lujiang River. Through constructions in several following dynasties, the current temple was rebuilt in the twenty-third year of the Kangxi reign of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). It is to the south of Putuo Mountain--one of China's Four Famous Buddhist Mountains in Zhejiang Province, hence it's called South Putuo Temple. Currently, it is among top ones in China in terms of the number of monks. As one of Buddhist famous sacred spots in the

southern Fujian Province, this temple plays a very important role at home and overseas. Now, it is the site of South Fujian Buddhist Academy. South Putuo Temple, with a delicate pattern, stands at the foot of South Putuo Mountain and faces to the East Sea. Its buildings are elevated tier upon tier along the medial axis. Its main buildings include Heavenly King Hall, Bell and Drum Towers, Main Hall, Hall of Great Compassion (Avalokitesvara Boddhisattva), and Sutra Hall. These buildings are symmetric on each side of the axis, so their arrangement is very distinctive. The Hall of Great Compassion has a very delicate architectural structure as well as a pavilion-like shape, and Thousand-hand Kwan-yin (Goddess of Mercy) is enshrined therein. The Statue of Kwan-yin was built with superb craftsmanship, and has a thousand hands and a thousand eyes. The Sutra Hall treasures up a large number of Buddhist cultural relics and books as well as records. Around the temple, many stone inscriptions have been preserved up to now. The South Putuo Temple is a great travel destination in Xiamen. Some guide information of Nanputuo Temple.
Location: Nanputuo temple, Xiamen      Opening hours: 08:00-20:00         Tickets: RMB3/Person

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