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Wenshu Yuan Monastery, Chengdu

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Religious Site
Considered as the city's best-preserved temple, Wenshu Yuan Monastery displays cultural relics and works of art which tell the province's history of Buddhism. The foundation of the temple dates back to the reign of the Tang Dynasty (618-907 CE), but the site became a full-fledged monastery after a proficient monk Cidu came here in 1681 to live his ascetic life. Inspect over 500 pieces of calligraphy and paintings created by famous Chinese artists. See the jade Buddha statue, among another 300 examples, which was brought from Burma to the temple by a single monk in 1922. Explore the monastery's garden and halls, and afterward head to the teahouse to sample local herbal beverages and listen to traditional folk music. Plan to see Wenshu Yuan Monastery and other attractions that appeal to you using our Chengdu vacation trip planner.
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  • I was unclear how much this facility was supposed to be a monastery or a place where tourists could eat and spend money. I wasn't overly impressed with it, but if one hasn't seen a monastery then it w...  more »
  • Very pretty monastery, lots to see. It as also an active monastery as you can see monks walking around. They were getting ready to eat lunch when we were there. There are also little shops along the o...  more »
  • We went several times to the restaurant here, and then meditated in the great hall. This place was a sanctuary; I was so grateful for our 3 hour lunch break so I had time to eat and meditate before go...  more »