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Guangxiao Temple

Guangxiao Temple Travel Guide

Brief Introduction
Located at the north end of Guangxiao Road, Guangzhou, the Guangxiao Temple is one of the four famous temples in Guangdong Province.

In the ancient time of China, it was said that there were once many noted monks and sutra-translators who have resided there have contributed greatly to the spread of Buddhist culture. The pride of the temple is Hui Neng, the famous sixth master of Zen Buddhism, who had his hair cut and was initiated into monkhood there.

As the sixth patriarch of Zen Buddhism, the temple enjoys a very important position in the Buddhist history in China. Many famous monks from home and abroad have come to preach here since the Eastern Jin Dynasty (317-420).

The architecture of the temple and cultural relics provide insight into the history of Chinese Buddhism, culture, and architecture as well as the local history of Guangdong Province. The main complex consists of Mahavira Hall, Sixth Ancestor Hall (Liuzudian), Samgharama Hall, Heavenly King Hall (Tianwangdian), the East and West Iron Towers, and the Mahakaruna Dharani Sutra Pillar.

The temple has been destroyed several times by fire, and the current buildings date only from the mid 19th century. In the temple, there are the Mahavira Hall, Sleeping Buddha statue, bodkin trees and East and West Iron Pagodas.

Guangxiao Temple is among the grandest and most influential temples in China with a history dating back more than 1,700 years.


Can be reached by bus No. 2, 31, 38, 103, 181, 186, 202, 239, 251, 260, 288, 538, 556, 823, and 883 to the Hall or by the subway No. 1to the Ximenkou.

DCT Tips:

Recommended Time for a Visit: Half an hour

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