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Lingyin Temple

Located at the foot of Lingyin Mountain, LingyinTemple (Inspired Seclusion) was first built by an Indian monk named Huili in 326 during the Eastern Jin Dynasty. It is one of the ten famousBuddha Statues in Lingyin Temple Buddhist temples in China. And it is the largest and most resplendent temple in Hangzhou.

LingyinTemple prospered and flourished during the Five Dynasties Period (907 AD - 960 AD) when there were 9 buildings, 18 towers, and 72 halls with 1,300 rooms and more than 3,000 monks. Over history, the temple has been ruined and undergone renovation several times. It has been rebuilt to its original style recently.

Today, the Lingyin Temple is made up of the Hall of the Heavenly King, the Hall of the Great Hero, the Hall of the Buddha of Medicine, the East and West Winding Corridors, the west wing, the Liandeng Tower, the Dabei Tower the Abbot's Room, and the dining halls. 

On the compound's central axis of LingyinTemple stand the Hall of Heavenly Kings, the Shrine of Sakyamuni Buddha and the Hall of Bhaisajya. The Shrine of Sakyamuni Buddha with one story and double eaves is 33.6 meters in height, making it one of the tallest one-storey buildings in China. A statue of Sakyamuni, carved out of 24 pieces of camphor wood, stands 24.8 meters high in the hall. Inside view of Lingyin Temple

On the Feilai Peak, carved many images of Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and Arhats, as well as carvings depicting Xuan Zang's trip to India to acquire Buddhist scriptures, dating from the Five Dynasties Period to the Yuan Dynasty (1271 - 1368). Among the carvings, the vivid image of Maitreya, the fat bare-bellied Buddha with a smiling face, has become the symbol of the Lingyin Temple.

 

Lingyin Temple Tour

With the high fame in China, Lingyin Temple became the top attraction in Hangzhou and Lingyin Temple Tour is very popular among all the tourists of Hangzhou tour.