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Fayuan Si - Buddhist Temple, Beijing

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The Fayuan Temple, situated in the southwest quarter of central Beijing, is one of the city's oldest and most renowned Buddhist temples.HistoryThe Fayuan Temple, originally named the Minzhong Temple, was first built in 645 during the Tang dynasty by Li Shimin (Emperor Taizong), and later rebuilt in the Zhengtong era (1436–1449) of the Ming dynasty. Emperor Taizong founded the temple to commemorate his soldiers who died in his campaign against Goguryeo. The temple occupies an area of 6,700 square meters. The temple also contains a large number of cultural relics, including sculptures of ancient bronzes, stone lions, as well as gilded figures of the three Buddhas. The temple also features large number of Buddhist texts from the Ming and Qing dynasties.StructureIt has a compact overall arrangement and buildings are arranged along the medial axis symmetrically. Main buildings there include the Gate of Temple, Heavenly King Hall, Main Hall, Hall of Great Compassion, Sutra Hall, and Bell and Drum Towers.On both sides of the Gate of Temple stand the Bell Tower and the Drum Tower respectively. The Main Hall, which is magnificent and sacred, houses Statues of Flower Adornment School's three saints: Vairocana, Manjusri, and Samantabhadra. The Hall of Great Compassion houses statues, carved stones, and artistic masterpieces. Among these statues there stand some of the most valuable statues in ancient China - Pottery Statue of Sitting Buddha of the Eastern Han dynasty (25-220), Pottery-bottle Statue of Buddha of the Eastern Wu dynasty (229-280), Stone Statue of Buddha of the Tang dynasty (618-907), and Steel-cast Statue of Guanyin.
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  • Far away from the crowds, rarely visited by tourists, is this peaceful old temple. It's not difficult to get to - about 15 minutes walk through the hutong from the nearest subway station (Caishikou). ...  more »
  • This temple is a bit out of the main tourist attractions (line 4, Caishikou exit D and then quite a long walk) and it's not particularly beautiful although very old and historic. I found my visit wort...  more »
  • Place brings tranquility. I liked the fact that we can meet these monks. And the temple is very beautiful.
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  • Fayuan Temple is famous for its Clove, and it is one of the Three Flower Temples. I suggest that you visit here in the beginning of April, when we Chinese having the "Qingming Festival". At that time, the Cloves blossom, and whole temple is filled with the fragrance of Clove. Besides, there are many cats, and they seemed not afraid of people, lovely creatures:)
  • It's a 1 km walk (15min) from exit D of the Caishikou metro station on line 4. This is active Buddhist temple and you'll see monks strolling the grounds and worshipers burning incense. Most exhibit areas are closed, thus I think there is reduced gate fee of 5 RMB. Of all the temples I visited, this temple alone had 4 beggars at the front entrance. One beggar sat at the steps of the ticket office, and he helped me identify that it was the ticket booth as there is no sign to indicate ticket sales. There must have been no tourist activity since I tapped the window to wake the ticket agent. He seemed in a deep sleep. I ventured into the open spaces and open doorways without any map or signs to mark the way as there are no English signs within grounds to indicate the landmarks. The bell and drum towers were closed. Mainly, the buildings in the center were open. these were buildings of worship with knee pads set in the front for worshipers to bow. There are a few cats roam the area.
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  • Hot summer afternoon to FA Yuan SI Qian, feel bad, there are practices in the temple, the Temple also has a lot of cats, is very interesting.
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  • FA Yuan SI Qian, also known as minzhongsi, located near caishikou Jiao Zi Hutong, Xicheng District, Beijing, China southern tip, is the oldest surviving Buddhist temple in Beijing. Collection of a large number of Buddhist scriptures, statues and carved stone in the temple, now for the Chinese College of Buddhist and Chinese Buddhist library and Museum are located. In 2001, the FA Yuan SI Qian was released by the State Council of the PRC is the fifth one of China's key national heritage conservation units.
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