Taizhou Guoqing Temple, Tiantai County
Categories: Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
The Guoqing Temple is a Buddhist temple on Mount Tiantai, Zhejiang Province, People's Republic of China. Originally built in 598 AD during the Sui Dynasty, and renovated during the reign of the Qing Yongzheng Emperor (r. 1722 - 1735 AD), the temple is located roughly 220km from the city of Hangzhou. It was the initial site for the creation of the Tiantai school of Mahayana Buddhism, founded by Zhiyi (538 - 597 AD). The temple covers an area of some 23,000m2 and features 600 rooms in a total of 14 different halls, including the Grand Hall of Sakyamuni, the Hall of Five Hundred Arhats and the Hall of Monk Jigong. The exterior of the building features Chinese pagodas such as the Sui Pagoda, the Seven Buddha Pagoda, and the Memorial Pagoda of Monk Yi Xing (683 - 727 AD).SignificanceThis mountain temple is the site where indigenous Chinese Buddhism branched away from Buddhist teachings and doctrine commonly found in India. From there, the Tiantai sect of Buddhism spread to both Korea and Japan during the Tang Dynasty (618 - 907 AD). The tall brick Guoqing Pagoda built at the temple in the year 597 AD is still standing, making it one of the oldest surviving brick pagodas in China (after the 40m tall Chinese Songyue Pagoda built in 523 AD).To visit Taizhou Guoqing Temple and other attractions in Tiantai County, use our Tiantai County tour planner.
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More than 2500 years ago, the Buddha declared "Impermanence Rules!". During Sui Dynasty (more than 1600 years ago), one of the most prominent Chinese Buddhist sect, named Tiantai Zhon, was born here a... read more »
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This entire area is great! I also lived here for 3 years. No other lao wai's in this very small town. Anyday is wonderful rain or shine. When its hot, many natural springs and waterfalls to play in. I... read more »
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