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Lingyin Temple, Hangzhou

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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. A visit to Lingyin Temple represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Hangzhou travel site to plot your vacation.
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  • Enjoy the monks chanting, the amazing architecture, the great vegetarian restaurant and tossing coins on the roof. Beautiful grounds and a nice energy.  more »
  • Take a full day to see this. Even though it was low season when I visited it was very busy. It's not too far from the West Lake area so plenty of taxis around for your return journey. A fair bit of wa...  more »
  • This is China s most biggest, oldest and impressive temple. Especially the Buddha s carved in the mountains are sooo very impressive. The only thing is that the whole visit is quite touristic. I would...  more »

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