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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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  • The Lingyin Temple area is a must see when in Hangzhou. The site contains several halls such as Heavenly Kings Hall, the Mahavira Hall, Medicine Buddha Hall, and the Avatamska Hall some a bit more fas...  more »
  • THis temple says so much about Chinese culture. First built in 326AD, it is one of the top 10 Zen Temples in China. Rock carvings, some dating to the Yuan Dynasty, add to the spectacular scenes. Watch...  more »
  • We live in China and have seen our fair share of temples, but this one was truly special. We had no idea how spectacular it was, so we didn't leave a whole day for it. We need to return to see it all,...  more »