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Guangzhou Temple Of The Six Banyan Trees

Introducing Temple of the Six Banyan Trees, Temple of the Six Banyan Trees Travel Guide.
Article from Guangzhou Municipal Commission of Tourism

Having a long history of about 1,400 years, the Temple of the Six Banyan Trees is one of the four best Buddhist temples in Guangzhou and located on the Liurong Road (meaning the Six Banyan Trees Road). The Temple of the Six Banyan Trees has a rich collection of cultural-relics and is renowned both at home and abroad.

Originally built in 537, Temple of the Six Banyan Trees has been rebuilt several times, and the name has also been changed several times from Changshou Temple (meaning Longevity Temple) to Jinghui Temple and finally the current name. Temple of the Six Banyan Trees is a name given by the great liiterateur Su Dongpo in the Song Dynasty (960 - 1279). It is said that he visited there while returning to the north. During the visit, he found six banyan trees there particularly striking. The vitality of the trees put him in a good mood and cheered him up. When the abbot of the monastery invited him to suggest a name, Su Dongpo wrote down its present name. Finally, its former name (Jinghui Temple) was changed to the present one, Temple of the Six Banyan Trees. A pagoda inside is known variously as Six Banyan Pagoda or Flowery Pagoda.

After entering by the mountain gate, the Tianwang Hall is the first hall you will see. The Laughing Buddha is there with smile all over his face to welcome visitors. Behind it is the Weituo Hall. According to legend, Weituo was a general who recaptured the Buddhist relics which had been stolen. He keeps a straight face, looking very serious and frightful, in distinct contrast with the Laughing Buddha.

The architecture that catches the visitors' eyes most is the Six Banyan Pagoda. It is a pagoda where Buddhist relics are placed. Its roofs curve upwards and look like dark red flower petals. The tip of the pagoda is like stamens, while the whole construction looks like a huge stigma high in the air. Therefore, people like to call it the Flowery Pagoda. The pagoda not only has a nice appearance, but also provides visitors a good place to overlook enchanting scenery around.

Quick Facts on Temple of the Six Banyan Trees

• Name: Temple of the Six Banyan Trees
• Location: Downtown Guangzhou
• Phone: +86-20-81078200
• Dates: Built in 2010AD
• Best Time to Visit: April to December
• Recommended Time for a Visit: 1 Hour
• Opening Hours: 09:00 to 17:20 (ticketing ends at 17:00)
• Admission Fee: CNY 5 (the temple), CNY 10 (Six Banyan Pagoda)