Located at the 12 kilometers east of Luoyang city, the White Horse
Temple is one of the oldest Buddhist temples in China and is
renowned as the cradle of Chinese Buddhism. Although it is not the
largest nor the most beautiful Buddhism monument in China, this
temple with its large number of Buddhism items housed there, is
well worth a trip.
An interesting legend related to the temple goes that a white horse
carried the first Buddhist script from India here in ancient time
hence the name White Horse Temple. History records that the site
was original the place used by the second Han Emperor-Liu Zhuang as
a summer resort and for study. In 68 AD, when Buddism reached its
heyday in India, two Indian monks brought Buddhist scriptures to
Luoyang on the back of a white horse.
The emperor, who was a devout Buddhism believer, built the temple
to house the scriptures and named it White Horse Temple. It was
said that there were once thousands of monks living in the temple.
It was even used as a refugee sanctuary during the social turmoil
of Wang Mang in the Eastern Han Dynasty.
The two monks who brought scriptures from India were buried here.
Many monks from outside China have visited the monk and many of
them have spent the rest of their time in that temple. The famous
Tang Dynasty monk-Xuanzang started his 17 years long pilgrimage
trip to Indian from the temple. After returning, Xuanzhang became
the abbot of the White Horse Temple, where he disseminated the
scriptures of Buddhism for the rest of his life.You can take a No.56 bus from Xiguan to get there in about one
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