Xuanzhong Monastery

  Xuanzhong Monastery

Covering an area of 6,000 square meters, Xuanzhong Temple is located in Jiaocheng county, 50 kilometres from Taiyuan city.

Surrounded with steep mud brick walls and stately cypress trees, the Xuanzhong Temple is the birthplace of Chinese Buddhism Jing Tu Zong and regarded as ancestral hall of Jing Tu Zong by Japanese Buddhist. 

The main body of pagoda is made of timbers; the whole temple is surrounded with 1000 years'old cypress, red walls, green tile and green trees. Now and then, people can hear of the ringing bell from the temple and streams between mountains.

Xuanzhong temple was built in 2nd year of Yanxing, Beiwei Dynasty (427 A.D.). Its main buildings included Wanfo hall, West-east compound hall, Shanfa hall etc, which were destroyed by fire during years of Tongzhi and Guangxu in Qing Dynasty, only Qianfo pavilion was left over.

The temple was rebuilt in 1955, including 5 Shanfa halls and 5 Wanfo halls in order to recover its glory as the birthplace of Chinese Buddhism Jingtuzong.

There are wooden carving Buddha statues l in every hall, so, it looked golden light dazzling. Thus, Xuanzong temple after rebuilding appears very magnificent. Octagon white Qiurong Pagoda with two storeyes is built on the mountain top east of the temple, the eaves fled outward; the pagoda body is made of wood and the pagoda foundation with brick.

There were Buddha statues in middle of pagoda such as wooden carving Buddha statue, clay sculpture Buddha statue, iron casting Buddha statue, add up to about 70 statues.

Location: Shibi Hill, 10 km away from Northwestern Jiaocheng
Entrance Fee: RMB 13
Transportation: Take long-distance bus from Taiyuan to Jiaocheng. Take taxi to the temple after arriving at Jiaocheng.

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