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Take a New Look at The Big Buddha Temple
The Big Buddha Temple is one of the most popular Buddhist temples in Guangzhou. With renovations of the temple completed last month, the Big Buddha attracted numerous visitors during Spring Festival.

Updated:1455698961Source:Lifeofguangzhou.com

The Big Buddha Temple, located at Dong Huifu Road in Guangzhou, next to Beijing Commercial Pedestrian Road, is one of the most popular temple in Guangzhou. With renovations of the temple completed last month, the Big Buddha attracted numerous visitors during Spring Festival.

The entrance of the Temple

People are praying to the Buddha during the Spring Festival.



The temple was built under the rule of the State of Nanhan (907-971). In the sixth year of the reign of the Shunzhi Emperor (1649), it was burned to ashes. In the third year of the reign of Emperor Kangxi (1664), King Pingnan contributed funds from his own coffers to rebuild and restore the temple in order to honor the large numbers of war victims and to pacify the public.

People are praying to the Buddha during the Spring Festival.

The Temple is consisted with several traditional buildings.



Upon completion, the height of the Main Shrine Hall was 18 meters and covers a floor area of 1,277 square meters. Three Buddha statues made of yellow copper, each 6 meters tall and 10 tons in weight, are enshrined in the center of the hall. Due to the size of the monastery and its Buddha statues in the Lingnan area at that time, it was known as the “Crown of Lingnan,” from which the name, “The Big Buddha Temple,” was derived.

The new building just completed last month


The pillars in the hall were made of giant trees from the Lauraceae family (including cinnamon and avocado, among others), that were contributed by the King of Annan (modern Vietnam), and have been well preserved for nearly 350 years.

The old tree which has been well preserved for nearly 350 years

The architectural style of the monastery combines those found in the official temples of Beijing and the Lingnan area.

In 2009, the Main Shrine Hall of The Big Buddha Temple was bestowed the title of “Heritage Site of Guangdong Province” by the provincial administration, thereby raising the profile of the monastery in China and abroad.

Opening times: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Address: No.21, Hui Xin Central Street, Dong Hui Fu Road, Yuexiu District
Nearby Metro Station: Metro Line 1&2, Gongyuan Qian Station

(By Cassie Lin, Louis Berney)

Editor:Cassie Lin
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