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White Horse Temple, Luoyang

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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. To visit White Horse Temple on your trip to Luoyang, use our Luoyang route builder website .
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  • Going to this place even though Buddhists silk comes in three of journey to the West chapter of the judiciary model looked at records for the scene in the footsteps of the affix the Tang dynasty days, imagine the look can be seen
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  • Located in the east of the Sun, is a temple of incense peak. Buddhist people, this is very important to them, enshrined in the Buddha, the voice and so on. For others, this is a gossips, sun the Sun gossips Court. The left side also has a choice of Thai, Myanmar and other Hindu temples in India.
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  • For some reason I was expecting a majestic statue or a white horse. There is no such thing. The temple is called White Horse Temple but there are only a couple unimpressive small horse statues out fro...  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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  • The first Buddhist temple in China, originated in the Eastern Han Dynasty, the white horse outside the door is the cultural relics of the Song Dynasty, the super many people, as well as the temples of Burma, Thailand and India. Worth visiting, there is a feeling of the temple, here are a lot of monks in this life. Live a comparatively traditional life. The White Horse Temple has a long history of construction. Witness the glorious era.
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