Temple of the Six Banyan Trees Picture

The Temple of the Six Banyan Trees is a famous Buddhist temple in Guangzhou, and the site of the Guangzhou Buddhist Association nowadays.

The Temple of the Six Banyan Trees is a famous Buddhist temple in Guangzhou, and the site of the Guangzhou Buddhist Association nowadays. The original name of the temple was "Baozhuang Yanshi". After it was affected by fire and renovated, its name became "Jingwei Shi", However, in 1100, the literary writer Su Dongpo of the Song Dynasty came here to visit, and when he saw the 6 banyan trees in the temple, he gave the name "the Temple of the Six Banyan Trees" to this structure. The "Six Banyan" board on the lintel that still exists today was handwritten by Su. The temple has a total area of 7,000 sq m and consists of the Liuzu Hall, the Guanyin Hall, the Baorong Pavilion and the tablet Corridor, etc. In the Liuzu Hall, there is the bronze statue of the founder of Zen Buddhism, Wei Neng, for worshipping. It weighs more than 1,000 catties and its beauty reflects the superb casting skill of the foundry worker. In the Guanyin Hall, there is a highly valuable Guanyin statue 4 meters tall. As for the Baorong Pavilion and the Tablet Corridor, there is abundant greenery on both sides, and one of the tablets recording the history of the Temple was preserved. However, the most famous structure in the temple is the "Flower Pagoda" made of bricks and wood. Built in 537, it was destroyed by fire and renovated. The octagonal shaped pagoda is sputum containing Buddhist relics. It is 57 m high with 17 stories. The roof of the pagoda has a huge bronze pillar of thousand Buddha cast in the Yuan Dynasty. The surface of the pillar has sculptures of 1,020 Buddhist statues and the misty Tiangong Pagoda that are glorious and exquisite, deserving the acclamation by all.

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