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Temple of Six Banyan Trees

The Six Banyan Tree Temple is a world famous Buddhist temple, with a history of over 1,400 years. It is one of the four best Buddhist temples in Guangzhou and located on the Liurong Road (meaning the Six Banyan Trees Road). It has a rich collection of cultural-relics and is renowned both at home and abroad.The building in the Temple of Six Banyan Tree Temple

TheSix Banyan Tree Temple was built in 537 by Master Xiao Yu during the Liang Dynasty (502 - 557) and was called Baozhuangyan Temple. Then it has been rebuilt serveral times and the its name also has changed serveral times. The temple was destroyed by fire in the 10th century, and was rebuilt in 989. The temple was renamed Jinghui Temple after that rebuilding. Its current name is given by the great litterateur Su Dongpo in the Song Dynasty (960 - 1279). At his visit to the temple, Su Dongpu felt very delighted when saw the six verdant banyan trees in the temple. When asked to inscribe for the pagoda by the monk Daozong, he wrote the inscription of Liurong (literally Six Banyan Trees). Hence, it was given its current name.

Main Halls in Six Banyan Tree Temple

The Tianwang Hall in Six Banyan Tree Temple is the first hall with the Laughing Buddha welcoming visitors with his bright smile. Behind the Tianwang Hall is the Weituo Hall. According to a legend, Weituo was a general who recaptured the Buddhist relics that had been stolen. He keeps a straight face and looks very serious and frightful.

The most eye-catching architecture in Six Banyan Tree Temple is the Six Banyan Pagoda where Buddhist relics are placed. Its roofs curve upwards looking like dark red flower petals. While the tip of the pagoda is like stamens, and the whole construction seems like a huge stigma high in the air. Thus, it is called the Flowery Pagoda, which has a nice appearance also offers visitors a good place to overlook the amazing scenery around.

To the west of the Six Banyan Pagoda is the Daxiong Baodian Hall - the main hall of Six Banyan Tree Temple. Three copper Buddhist statues are placed in the temple, which are among the biggest and most ancient Buddhist statues in Guangdong. The one in the middle is Sakyamuni, to its left and right are the Amitabha and the Apothecary Buddha respectively. They represent the present, past and future separately.

 

Six Banyan Tree Temple Tour

Burning joss sticks is a big event when visiting Six Banyan Tree Temple. Every year during the Chinese traditional Spring Festival and Lantern Festival, a number of people queue to burn the first joss stick here praying to be blessed by gods in the coming year.

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