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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. Put White Horse Temple and other Luoyang attractions into our Luoyang trip itinerary maker, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • The monastery is worth a visit, if only for its historic value. But inside it's quite strange, because thanks to the support of the Buddhist community in South East Asia, within the monastery was built an Indian-style area, a thai-style and another in the style of myanmar. The riusltato great is pretty eccentric.
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  • A must for the history and culture inclined. Very neat and beautiful. Easy access. Adjacent to other Buddhist examples from Thailand, Burma and India to compare styles.  more »
  • This is a clearly a place for the devoted to come to still after all these centuries. Amazing to see monks strolling the grounds and the devoted coming to pray.  more »
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  • 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.
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  • 中国第一座佛教寺庙,起于东汉,门外的白马是宋朝的文物,超级多的人,还有缅甸泰国印度的寺庙。值得参观
  • White horse Temple is believed to be the temple morning Samsung summoned chang Tang Tripitaka from India came to China success. The journey time is 15 years, but along the way make some Scripture, water fall. In China it is Maha Nikaya. Tour guides that reflect ...
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