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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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  • We chose to visit this temple, because there is a garden to admire the famous peonies from Luoyang just in front a hundred meters. This temple is quite original: it is the first Chinese Buddhist temple in China. We loved the garden and buildings where there is a special atmosphere of peace... Then it's the surprise: you can discover a set of temples in Thai style, a Burmese and an Indian. They were erected to allow the population to see the style of temple of other Buddhists in Asia. Having had the opportunity to visit the Thailand and Burma, I found it nice that other people do not have the means to travel to preview full size. Outside the entrance of the Temple, you will find a small bazaars offering clothing, fans and other "antiques". Why not, but negotiate!
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  • We traveled to this place upon recommendationn of one local. It's said to be the oldest temple in China. But it does not look so at all. Interesting is there are more differnt asiant temples - China, ...  more »
  • This white horse Temple Longmen grottes protection was very nice. But it's not truly white horses.
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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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