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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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  • October 3, 2017
    If you are going hangzhou for a day trip, it is hard not to miss lingyin temple which is the main attraction. It is a huge temple with grottoes (smaller version of those in luoyang) that was built ove...  more »
  • September 25, 2017
    The Lingyin temple complex is vast, yet it's only a small pocket of the bigger West Lake area. The no. 7 bus will take you to the ticket office for RMB2 from downtown. The ticket office sells tickets ...  more »
  • September 24, 2017
    You can stroll in this temple along the banks of a river. More interesting than other temple of China, deserves a stop
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