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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. 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 surprised at how bazaar-like this place was. In all, I found the Monastery a bit confusing, but visually, I found the grounds a trove of Chinese architectural details and delights.  more »
  • It amaze me how peaceful and beautiful was this place. Truly a unique experience with a cultural perspective.  more »
  • We went here after seeing many temples already. In that way this one doesn't stand out. But the garden is very nice, the teahouse as well. Also tried some dishes of th vegetarian 'restaurant' which we...  more »

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