There is the saying that "Bright Filial Piety Temple existed before
the Goat City(Guangzhou) came into being". Bright Filial Piety
Temple has a long history of more than 1700 years. It is a temple
with the longest history and largest scale in Lingnan area.
It was originally built as the residence of Zhao Jiande, an
offspring of Zhao Tuo, the Nanyue King in the Western Han Dynasty.
In the period of the Three Kingdoms, Yu Fan, a lord in the Wu
State, when he was relegated to the Southern Sea, he gave lectures
here and hence the Guangxiao Temple was called "Yu Yuan" at that
The temple was also called "He Lin" because of a great many
myrobalam trees there. After Yu Fan's death, his family denoted the
residence as a temple and made a slab saying "Zhizhi", and that was
the very beginning of the Guangxiao Temple.Bright Filial Piety
Temple has a long history and therefore there are a lot of
The Grief Bell which was first set up in the 2nd year of Baoli in
the Tang Dynasty (826 A. D.) is in the shape of mushroom and is
made of stone with Hercules' embossments around. Those embossments
are vivid in facial expressions and well shaped and elegant in
postures so that they completely represent the soul of Buddhism.
There is a drum for the prayer meeting festival on the top of the
drum tower and it corresponds to and chimes in the bell. Whenever
there is a solemn prayer meeting festival, the bell and the drum
will ring at the same time and the atmosphere is so dignified that
visitors will be totally lost in the situation.
The Grand Hall which was built in the Eastern Jin Period is stately
and shows the profound details of Buddhism in Guangxiao Temple in
terms of its constant play of musical stones and cymbals. Besides,
inside the temple there are washing bowl spring carved by dharma in
the Southern Dynasty, stone bell of the Tang Dynasty, the iron
tower with thousands of BudTravelers can take buses No. 2, 31, 38, 103, 181, 186, 202, 239,
251, 260, 288, 538, 556, 823, 883 and get off at the Renmin North
Road bus station or take subway No. 1 and get off at the Ximenkou
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