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Lingyin Temple

Lingyin Temple

Lingyin TempleLingyin Temple, or "Soul's Retreat Temple",  is one of the best-known Buddhist monasteries in
China, was founded in 326 AD by the Indian monk, Hui Li. It quickly became a center of worship
for the Chan (Zen) Buddhist sect, and once served as home to more than three thousand
monks. During its turbulent history the temple has been destroyed and then restored no less
than sixteen times with the current structures dating to the late Qing dynasty (1644-1911).

Scattered in the history, poems, lyrics and legends, the name " Lingyin Temple" has won its
reputation in Hangzhou travel by the amazing atmosphere and the stunning natural beauty.
Lingyin Temple is located in Lingyin Hill known for the green woods, the clear water and the
particular cave scene in China Tourism.

Lingyin temple, like many Chinese temples, is constructed according to a basic pattern. Built on a north-south axis with the main entrance to the
south, it is surrounded by a protective perimeter wall. The main entrance, secured by heavy gates, is guarded by sculptures of the Four Guardian
Warriors-protectors of the temple.

Standing behind these is a short spirit wall - this prevents direct entry to evil spirits, which are said to travel in straight lines. Circumambulating it,
you will find yourself in a courtyard on the far side of which stand several enormous bronze vessels. These continue to be used to burn either
incense or paper offerings to the gods.

At Lingyin Temple, the central statue is an eighteen foot high statue of Sakyamuni, or the Historical Buddha, made in the Tang dynasty (607-960).
Carved out of twenty-four pieces of camphor wood, it is said to be one of the largest wooden Buddhas in the world. A large number of Buddhist
cultural relics are treasured up in Lingyin Temple. Such buildings and sculptures as halls, pavilions, sutra pillars, and statues of Buddha in Lingyin
Temple are valuable for research on China's history of Buddhism, architectural art, and sculpture art.

Lingyin TempleNowadays, the present temple is composed of the Hall of Dva-Kings, the Hall of Mahavira and the Hall of
the Buddha of Medicine. Parts of the concrete construction can be traced back to the previous dynasties
and the architecture as a whole reveals the majestic atmosphere to refresh the minds of joyful travelers
in the modern society when tourists travel in Hangzhou.





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