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Taizhou Guoqing Temple, Tiantai County

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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).
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  • One visit and you fall in love with the calmness and peace you feel there. Truly a temple of peace and contentment. Must Must visit and feel it for yourself. 
  • 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...  more »
  • 作为天台人,国清寺经常会去,这里也是天台佛家圣地了.对于游客也是非常值得一去,风景优美,环境清幽,作为隋代古刹,也充满历史积淀,最难得的是没有被商业污浊. 
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  • 天台宗,佛教本土化典型。国清寺为天台宗祖庭。每年一趟必去。拜佛以外,这里的夏季的下午幽静清凉。5元良心门票几十年未涨。
  • 我的根
  • very nice
  • 天台宗祖庭、四大叢林之一