Lingyin Temple, or Temple of the Soul's Retreat, got it name from
its tranquil surroundings. Sheltered by forested hills on three
sides, the temple is a quiet and sheltered sanctuary (when it is
not thronged by visitors). Lingyin (Hidden Spirit) Temple is one of
the largest and most visited Buddhist temples in China and holds
the largest statue of the Buddha Sakyamuni in the lotus position.
It was built in 328 AD by the Indian Monk Huili. It prospered and
flourished during the Five Dynasties Period (907-960) when there
were 9 buildings, 18 towers, 72 halls with 1,300 rooms and more
than 3,000 monks. Over history, the temple has been damaged and
undergone renovation several times. It has recently been rebuilt in
its original style.
The temple consists of the Hall of the Heavenly King, Hall of the
Great Hero, Hall of the Buddha of Medicine, East and West Winding
Corridors and several other buildings. In the center of the Hall of
the Heavenly King, sits a statue of Maitreya, the fat, bare-bellied
Buddha with a smiling face – the laughing Buddha.
In the hall of the Great Hero, the main hall in the temple, the
central spot contains a magnificent statue of Sakyamuni, founder of
Buddhism. The 19-meter tall statue is seated on a 10.5-meter-high
lotus flower amidst great red pillars and murals. Behind Sakyamuni
is a colorful sculpture of 150 Buddhas.
One other recently added hall holds the 500 Arhats: bronze statues
resembling 500 of the earliest high-ranking Buddhist disciples in
As an important Buddhist temple in the region, Lingyin Temple also
houses a large collection of Buddhist treasures and relics which
are significant in the development of Buddhism in the region. The
temple is now very popular among tourists and pilgrims, seeing
thousands of worshipers per day during peak season.You may take bus route 7 and 807 and tourist line 1, 2 and 4, and
get off at the Yinlin stop.
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