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Lingyin Temple, Hangzhou

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Historic Site Religious Site
Home to a vast array of pagodas, shrines, and statues, Lingyin Temple ranks as one of the most ornate and revered places of worship in Chinese Buddhism. Originally built in the early fourth century CE, the temple in the centuries since has undergone destruction and rebirth more than 15 times over. You'll find the entire complex awash with golden figures and lavish decorations, such as the gigantic Buddha statue that takes center stage in the main hall. Head to the "Hall of the Four Heavenly Kings" to marvel at the eponymous statues looming inside. Don't miss seeing the outdoor stone pagoda said to house the ashes of Huili, the Indian monk who founded the temple. Plan to visit Lingyin Temple during your Hangzhou vacation using our convenient Hangzhou vacation planner.
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  • Ancient temple that's well worth a visit. There's a stream and lots of Buddhist carvings on the mountain side. Be prepared for lots of crowds though.  more »
  • For the main entrance fee it was 45Yuan and a further 30Yuan for the Lingyin Temple. There is so much to see and do just with the entrance ticket. Very busy place. Not a lot written in English but eno...  more »
  • Relatively cool place, amidst the trees, where you can feel a certain spirituality despite the large crowds of people. Recommended visit
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