Six Banyan Temple is also known as Liu Rong Temple. It was built during the Song Dynasty of Southern Dynasties (AD420-479). It has more than 1500 years of history, and also one of the historical temples in Guangzhou that open for the public to worship or visit. The entire temple compound are surrounded by green ancient banyan trees, artistic treasures like the tablets by Wang Bo (Tang Dynasty), the bronze statue of Hui Neng and the inscription by Su Dongpo (Northern Song Dynasty), Potrait of Arhats (Ming Dynasty) and a hand scroll by Master Dan Gui (Qing Dynasty).
The following are the halls and pagoda that are within the temple compound:
@ The Lotus Pagoda
@ The Hall of Mahavira
@ The Friendship Hall
@ The Burong Pavilion
@ The Hall of Avalokitesvare
@ The Sixth Patriarah Hall
Check them out here!
In Chinese: 六榕寺， liu rong si
The temple was originally built in 537 AD, it has been rebuilt several times since then as well as several name changes.
Inside the temple you'll find the Laughing Buddha in the Tianwang Hall. His smiling face welcoming visitors. Behind it is the Weituo Hall, Weituo was the general who recaptured the stolen Buddhist relics.
The temple's most striking structure is the Six Banyan Pagoda. The pagoda's roofs curve upwards resembling petals. Due to this it's also known as the Flower Pagoda. As well as being attractive the pagoda gives visitors good views from the top.
The main hall of the temple is Daxiong Baodian Hall. In here you'll find three large copper Buddhist statues. they stand for past, present and future.
The Flower Pagoda (Hua Ta) was built at the same time as the original temple in AD 537 but was later rebuilt in 1097. It was rebuilt again in 1373 after a fire in the early Ming Dynasty period, and restored in 1900. The 187-ft (57m) high octagonal pagoda has become a symbol of the city and appears to have nine stories from the outside, but in fact has a total of 17. It is crowned by a richly decorated bronze column weighing 5 tonnes. It's a hard climb to the top but the views are worth it
Open: 8am-5pm. Admission: RMB5 plus RMB10 to climb the pagoda.
The temple site, situated in Liurong Lu in the old part of the city, was built in AD 537 on the orders of the provincial governor of the time, Xiao Yu, in order to house one of Buddha's bones. The temple was originally called the Baozhuangyan Temple, but during the Northern Song Dynasty, a writer called Su Shi wrote the inscription Liu Rong (Six Banyan Trees) because of the six banyan trees he saw there and it has since been called the Temple of the Six Banyan Trees.
The temple was burned down and rebuilt in the Northern Song Dynasty. Flower Pagoda, the main structure of the temple, was rebuilt in 1097, and was named for its colourful exterior. To the west of the pagoda is Daxiong Baodian Hall - the main hall of the temple. The three biggest copper Buddhist statues placed there are among the biggest and most ancient Buddhist statues in Guangdong. The middle one is Sakyamuni, to the left, the Amitabha and to the right, the Apothecary Buddha. They stand for present, past and future.
Open: 8am-5pm. Admission: RMB5 plus RMB10 to climb the pagoda.
The Temple of the Six Banyan Trees is one of the four best Buddhist temples in Guangzhou and located on the Liurong Road.
The architecture that catches the visitors' eyes most is the Six Banyan Pagoda. It is a pagoda where Buddhist relics are placed.
When we visited it, we were (for some reason) not allowed to enter the pagoda and premises.
This world famous ancient Buddhist temple was built in 537 in the Liang dynasty. Emperor Liangwu ordered the master priest, Tanyu to built Baozhuangyan Temple to store the Buddhist bones brought from Kampuchea.
The temple features a 57.6 m high Flower Pagoda, the tallest old structure in the city. The pagoda has 9 stories from outside, but 17 stories from inside. The top story of the pagoda houses the famous thousand-Buddha copper pillar cast in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368).
The main hall of the temple enshrines three giant statues of Buddha built in 1663. Each of them is of six metres high, 10 tons weigh. They are the largest bronze Buddha statues existing in Guangdong.
Templ grounds are amazing. First thing everyone notices is the Pagoda which towers over the compound. But don't get stuck at the pagoda you must explore the entire grounds (the library is off limits), the shrine with the three Buddha are amazing.
It will probably take about an hour to go through.
This very famous Buddist temple was built in 537 during the Liang Dynasty in the Southern Song Dynasty period. Emperor Liangwu ordered master priest Tanyu to build Baozhuangyan Temple to store Buddhist bones brought from Kampuchea. During the Northern Song Dynasty, a famous writer, Su Shi wrote about temple and referred to it as "Liu Rong" or Six Banyan Tree Temple. And thus, the name remained with the temple afterwards. The current structure was built from 960-1127 during the Northern Song Dynasty after the original structure had burned down.
One of the famous structures located on the grounds of the Six Banyan Tree Temple is the Flowery Pagoda. This structure was built in 1097. It stands 57 meters high and consists of a viewable 9 stories. The interior actually consists of 17 stories.
Located West of the Flowery Pagoda is the Grand Hall. This structure was rebuilt in 1983. Inside you will find three large Buddist icons; Sakyamuni in the middle, Amitabha to theleft, and Maitreya on the right. These are the largest ancient brass structures in Guangdong Province. They were made in 1633 during the reign of Emperor Kangxi in the Qing dynasty
HOURS: 8:30am to 4:50pm
The Temple of Six Banyan Trees (Liu Rong Si) is an ancient but exceptionally well-maintained Buddhist temple situated in the heart of Guangzhou. The Temple was named by a dissident poet, Su Dongpo, who visited the place in the year 1100.
This working temple is very pretty and well maintained. It is right in the heart of the city, quite tucked away. You could walk right past it if it was not for the octagonal Hua Ta Pagoda towering 17 floors above! The pagoda was built in 1097 and shows only 9 floors on outside, making it very interesting to work your way up to the top.
The temple itself was built in 537 in the Liang dynasty during the Southern dynasties (386-581). When you think about what was being build in Europe at that time, you can really appreciate the ancient magnificance of the Chinese civilisation.
More recently, the Grand Hall was rebuilt in 1983 and houses three huge brass statues which were made in 1633. Have a look at my travelogue for more pictures and info on the temple.
Buy a ticket for the temple compound for 1RMB from the window to the left of the entrance. If you want to climb the pagoda, buy your ticket at the base for 10RMB.
This photo was either taken at the Peasant Momement Institute or the Memorial Garden to the Martyrs. They are located quite near each other (easy walk) and both have interesting historical significance in the struggle of the of the Chinese people. There are many gardens, walkways, paths and halls to check out and spend a couple hours learning some historical facts or relaxing in the parks. For me it was a small detour on my day trek to the zoo.
Just south of the Yuexiu Park you can find the Temple of the Six Banyan Trees. The Flower Pagoda is a cool structure in the form that I expected to see all over China but didn't!! As Guanzhou was my first city to visit I was quite excited to see the tower and looked forward to the many more towers to see...hahah Never saw another one...
I have the ticket for my entrance to the tower but I'm not sure how much it cost...I don't think it was that much though. There are some nice views of the city from the top. Also the Banyan trees are no longer there. The Temple itself was built in the 6th Century. It's amazing that it survived all these years and especially the Mao Era as he was into tearing these beautiful buildings down!
Another Guangzhou temple associated with Chan master Hui Neng, the Temple of the Six Banyan Trees does not actually have any banyan trees at all. They existed at one time, about 1000 years ago, at which time they were memorialized in a famous poem. But this is an active Buddhist temple and you can come to admire the 9 story Flower Pagoda (or Hua Ta), the tallest pagoda in Guangzhou.
Six Banyan Temple and Flowery Pagoda is a renowned Buddhist cultural site. Built in 537, the temple enshrines three large Buddhist statues, the biggest copper Buddhist statues existing in Guangdong Province. The 57 metre high Flower Pagoda has nine storeys viewing from the outside, 17 storeys viewing from inside.
The thousand-Buddha copper pillar cast in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) is kept on the top storey of the pagoda. In the temple there are also three large bronze Buddhist sculptures made in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), each standing six metres high and weighing 10 tons.
Guangzhou is more famous for food than sightseeing but if you are a pagoda fan then you need to make a pilgrimage to this temple.
The 10 yuan ticket is an extra charge if you wish to climb the stairs to the top. (Regular admission is 1 yuan.)
It is not easy to take pictures of this pagoda, but I'll include my usual "looking up" photos in a travelogue below.