Built in the later Eastern Han Dynasty, Famen Temple (originally called Asoka Temple) is a popular Buddhism sacred place because of its Sakyamun’s fingers. As an imperial temple in the Tang Dynasties, Famen Temple is widely spread during the Sui and Tang Dynasties. With a more than 1700 years history, it is called the ancestor of the pagodas in Guanzhong Plain. Famen Temple is one of China’s ancient holy Buddhism places, and Chinese national AAAA scenic spots.
The temple is located in the Northern Fufeng County which is the hometown of Chinese ancient Emperor Yan and ancient bronzes wares. It is 120 kilometers to Xi’an City， and 96 kilometers to Baoji City. Named as Shidaochang in the Sui Dynasty, it got the present name in the Tang Dynasty.
There are more than 2.000 pieces of ancient national treasures in the Famen Temple Treasure Museum. Famous attractions consist of Famen Temple Underground Palace, Famen Temple Treasure Museum and Famen Temple Relics.
Buddha Sakyamun’s fingers found in the Famen Temple Underground Palace are proved by reliable literature and inscriptions. The Buddha relics are the highest holy things for the Buddhism. Besides, the box to keep the Buddha Sakyamun’s relics is the most exquisite treasure with the largest number of layers. Famen Temple Underground Palace is the largest Buddhism underground palace with the longest history in the world. There is the earliest mandala of the Tang Dynasty among discoveries in the Underground Palace Exhibition.
Among 27,000 coins found in Famen Temple Underground Palace, 13 tortoiseshell coins are the earliest unique tortoiseshell in the world. There is a well-preserved imperial tea set which proves an originality of Chinese tea culture. The 1.96 meters long pewter crutch is the largest and the most exquisite Buddhist instruments. There are more than 700 pieces of silk products of the Tang Dynasty in the Famen Temple. It is a good chance to view outstanding silk handicrafts in the Tang Dynasty.
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