Fayuan Temple

Last updated by david at 2014/7/14

Fayuan Temple, located in Fayuansihou Street, Xuanwu District of Beijing, is the oldest existing temple in Beijing. Covering an area of 6,700 square meters, it was built in the 19th year (645) of the Zhenguan reign of the Tang Dynasty (618-907) by Li Shimin (Tang Emperor Taizong) to commemorate officers and soldiers dead in battles. The temple was renovated in 1955, and now it is the site of the Chinese Buddhist Academy and the exhibition center for Buddhist cultural relics.

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On the left and righjt sides of the Gate of Temple stand the Bell Tower and the Drum Tower respectively. Facing north and south, it consists of four courtyards. In the first courtyard, there is Heavenly King Hall, housing the statues of the Four Heavenly Kings. In the second courtyard lies the Hall of Mahavira, housing Statues of Flower Adornment School's three saints: Vairocana Buddha, Manjusri, and Samantabhadra. The Hall of Great Compassion located in the third courtyard houses many stone sculptures.. Among these statues there stands the oldest statue in China -- Pottery Statue of Sitting Buddha of the Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220). They are all rare cultural relics. The Sutra Hall, situated in the fourth courtyard, exhibits Buddhist scriptures, statues, and cultural relics presented by various countries. Boasting both the natural beauty and rich cultural heritage, Fayuan Temple attracts a large number of Buddhist scholars as well as tourists from home and abroad.

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Fayuansihou Street, Xuanwu District of Beijing

How to Get There?

take  No. 2 Line Subway from Beijing station and then change to No. 4 Line Subway at Xuanwumen Station and get off at Caishikou Station, then walk on for about 700 meters and get to Fayuan Temple

Ticket Price:

5 yuan per person

Opening Hours:

from 8:30 to 16:00

More Tips:

People who have converted to Buddhism are admitted free on Sunday and Monday and in the first and fifteenth day of a lunar month.

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There are 2 comments on this topic

posted by "kerryweary" at 11/10/2010 9:32:00 AM

It does not give you the same feeling as the other temples. Once you step inside the yard, you will feel as if all the perplexities and worries have vanished. Even if you visit in summer time, you will feel refreshing and peaceful here.


posted by "gunnar" at 8/11/2008 10:31:00 PM

The Fayuan Temple is hidden away in the south eastern corner of Beijing. It is not a large temple, nor does it have much of particular interest. It is a very common buddhist temple, and as such well worth a visit. It does not attract large groups of tourists, and it is therefore very calm and not as commercialized as other temples (it does have a small shop and that is it). So if you want to visit a more down to earth temple in Beijing, give Fayuan Temple a shot.


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