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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. Plan to visit Lingyin Temple during your Hangzhou vacation using our convenient Hangzhou vacation planner.
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  • Found within the Fei Lai Feng area, this temple is huge and very beautiful. We were fortunate enough to be there when the monks were chanting in one of the temple houses, creating a very serene atmosp...  more »
  • I had a hard time finding a bus that would take me here, but in the end the number 7 bus did the trick. The first thing that you see when you get to the Lingyin temple site (after paying the 45 RMB en...  more »
  • Staying in a guest house nearby wandering around the temple was party of our lazy day off, which we all enjoyed. There is plenty to see and to experience. There are thousands of statues that reminded ...  more »