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Kaiyuan Monastery, Quanzhou
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Feel at peace as you walk around Kaiyuan Monastery, a Qang Dynasty shrine with a history spanning nearly 1,000 years. Notice South Indian-style granite carvings decorating the Hindu-Buddhist temple as you take a peaceful stroll through the grounds. Two Dravidian-style pagodas situated either side of the complex provide excellent vantage points, from which you can take in views of the central courtyard, main hall, and small hall. Make sure you visit a special pavilion at the back of the complex where the remains of a Song Dynasty ship are stored. Plan to see Kaiyuan Monastery and other attractions that appeal to you using our Quanzhou trip builder.
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  • Arrived in China today and this was my first stop. Was very excited, but it is the people you meet who make a place or otherwise. I met a fake monk who assulted me when i tried to take a photo from th...  more »
  • 在历史古城泉州的市内寺庙特别多,而开元寺是其中最古老,最大的一座。里面的东西双塔是泉州的一大标志哦。遇到几个榕树都非常古老,大雄宝殿前的空地虽然有鸽子群,环境却非常清幽静谧,感觉炎炎烈日都被挡在门外了。非常值得一去。 
  • A typical Chinese temple that's the highlight of Quanzhou. Inside the compound is the Zhenguo Pagoda (镇国塔) and the west one Renshou Pagoda (仁寿塔), which are both symbols of the city.