Guiyuan Temple is famous as the first Chan (Zen) temple to be built in Hubei. It was constructed in 1658. It is a large complex, featuring many a variety of structures with the most famous being the Hall of Arhats, which was built in 1850. There are 500 arhat (Buddhist disciples) statues inside. They are said to have taken nine years to carve, and each is unique. They are so beautiful and many are quite intricate; worth the time to walk around to see all of them!
When you first enter the temple, you are to choose which path you want to take and then count the arhats stopping on your age. There you are to write down the number of that arhat and when you leave the temple, you can ask to purchase a card of that arhat that gives you your fortune, providing some added fun to the experience. The fortunes are in Chinese, but even if you can't read it, it makes a nice souvenir (especially since pictures are not allowed in the Hall of Arhats).
Entrance is 10 yuan.
Covering an area of about 46,900 square meters, Guiyuan Temple is situated in the west section of Hanyang district in Wuhan. Being one of the four best temples in Wuhan, the temple, which was originally established by a monk named Bai Guang in 1658 in the Qing Dynasty, was initially built on the site of Wuzhangpu Kuiyuan in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). There are more than 200 halls in the temple. Most of the buildings, Buddhist sutras, Buddhist Sculptures survived from the devastation of the Cultural Revolution. Among them are 500 gold arhat sculptures, that date from the 1820s, in the Arhat Hall which is one of main features of the temple.
Guiyan Si is located in Wuchang .The temple of Original Tranquillity is a busy Buddhist monastery. The blocky, black and white brick buildings are a good example of the late Qing architcture. There is also a scripture collection of 7000 of the rare Longcan Sutra. I was more impressed about 700 individually styled saintly statues in the Arhat Hall. (of course its forbidden to take photos inside the building. On the photo you can see some of those statues) The Statue of Sakyamuni in the main hall is a gift from Burma in 1935.
Located on Cuiwei Street Guiyuan Temple is one of Huebei's four biggest meditation temples as well as being a very important Buddhist Temple within China. First built during the Qing Dynasty it has been destroyed and rebuilt several times in its history and now the Temple has recently become a popular tourist attraction in Wuhan.
Located in Hanyang district, Guiyuan Temple is one of the most important Buddhist temples in the country.
Room of arhats that you can 'count on' to give you good luck and a white jade Buddha a gift from Burma.
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