South Putuo Temple is an ancient temple with great fame in Xiamen.
It has the name of Southern Putuo for the reason of its main
conformity to Guanyin and Bodhisattva as well as its location to
the south of Putuo Mountain, one of the four great Buddhist fields
in Zhoushan of Zhejiang province.
Southern Putuo temple has a grand scale with a total area of 25.8
hectares and a building area of 21270 square meters. Sitting on the
principal axis from the south to the north are the Hall of Heavenly
Kings, the Precious Hall of Great Hero, the Hall of Great Mercy and
the Buddhist Scripture Garret. There are annexes on both sides of
the axis, such as corridors, Bell and Drum Towers, Haihui Hall,
Puzhao Hall, Taixu library, classrooms of the Buddhist Institute,
and so on. All these buildings are spread over a mountain slop of
complicated topography with a generally solemn and magnificent
Over the recent years, to the south of the Hall of Heavenly Kings
lie the Free Life Pond, two newly built Longevity Towers, two
pavilions and a lotus pond, etc. Between the two ponds is the Seven
Buddha Tower, which is composed of seven statues of Buddha, such as
Sakyamuni and Kasyapa. The Longevity Towers have 11 layers in the
style of Buddhist buildings of South Asia, enriching the scenery of
South Putuo Temple.
There is the Buddhist Institute of South Fujian in the temple, the
earliest Buddhist institute in our country, which is established in
1925. The Buddhist institute ran the school again in 1985,
establishing the Yangzheng College, the preparatory class, the
formal class of two-year system. It also set additional a two-year
research class, exerting an extensive influence at home and
Southeast Asia.get there by Route1，Route21，Route45 and Route15 buses
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