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White Horse Temple, Luoyang

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Religious Site
Soak up the reverential atmosphere and admire the architecture of White Horse Temple, often considered to be the first Buddhist temple in the country. Established under the command of Emperor Ming in 68 CE, the temple was greatly restored and added to during the course of the Ming and Qing dynasties Part of the appeal of the site comes with identifying the design elements and architectural styles of each of those time periods. The temple gains its name from a legend regarding its origin, which tells the tale of Emperor Ming dreaming about the Buddha and asking two deputies to go off in seach of Buddhist scriptures. They returned with two Indian Buddhist monks whom they had met in Afghanistan. The monks carried scriptures, relics, and Buddha statues, as they rode up on two white horses. Put White Horse Temple and other Luoyang attractions into our Luoyang trip itinerary maker, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • ... with some new temples of Southeastasia, built up by the monks of the specific countries (e. g. India, Myanmar, Thailand). So it is mixed historic and modern. There are no signs and explanations in...  more »
  • Best to take the bus (RMB1.5) from Luoyang. Check with Baidu.com ( Chinese equivalent of google map) for the relevant bus to get there. A lovely, calm and peaceful place. Surprisingly clean too! Only ...  more »
  • The temple was almost 2000 years old. It has history how budda was spread in china and influence neigbour countries. You can also find India. Thailand n Burma temples there  more »
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  • Amazing and historical living temple filled with monks and people lighting incense and worshipping. Said to be the 'cradle of Chinese Buddhism'. When we were there a woman was hysterically crying...I believe she had recently suffered a miscarriage and had come for solace and to pray for another child. It was very moving.
  • This Buddhist temple is a very special place. I enjoyed the Chinese Buddhist exhibits, structures and the silent tea house. I will skip the new Indian and Thai section completely when I return. That section takes away from the charm and air of the temple-- a complete waste of space and resources. It consists of some foreign styled temples that are completely devoid of a sense of history, culture and overall meaning. The Chinese temples and pagoda are very special. I will return.
  • April is the Spring flower season, they has two big Peonies gardens.
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  • 門票便宜的一個景點,通常來洛陽都會到此一遊,復習一下我們讀的歷史。