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Wenshu Yuan Monastery, Chengdu

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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. For Wenshu Yuan Monastery and beyond, use our Chengdu day trip planning tool to get the most from your Chengdu vacation.
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  • October 1, 2017
    Many temples. The place is free, very beautiful, there are also gardens but it is unnecessary to enter. Later there are many food stalls. Nice for those who have not yet seen temples in China.  more »
  • September 24, 2017
    The Wenzhou Monastery is a quiet refuge within the bustling city of Chengdu. The monastery is easy to find, free to enter, and wonderful to visit and look around. The site is a popular place for local...  more »
  • September 21, 2017
    Beautiful buildings and gardens. A vegetarian restaurant is part of the compound. I have not tried it but the restaurant across the street is very local. The tea house is a good experience. Well worth...  more »

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