Guangxiao Temple– (Guangxiao Si)

Guangxiao Temple

Guangxiao Temple Situated at the north end of Guangxiao Lu ( Road)  which is Guangzhou's oldest site. The temple was initially built by an Indian monk during the Eastern Jin Dynasty (317- 420) but the present temple, occupying an area of 31,000 square meters, dates from the Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1911).it is a popular pilgrimage site for Zen Buddhists. Numerous famous and renowned Buddhists have visited the Temple in the past including the Indian founder of Zen Buddhism, Bodhidharma.

The architecture of the temple and cultural relics provide insight into the history of Chinese Buddhism, culture, and architecture as well as the local history of Guangdong Province. The temple grounds also hold the oldest Iron Pagodas in China, dating from 963 (West) and 967 (East). The four upper floors of the West Tower failed to survive the collapse of the house. The East Tower, which remains intact, is seven stories tall. About 1,000 shrines, each housing a small, exquisite statue of Buddha, are carved into the exterior of the tower. It is said that at the time of its completion, the exterior of the tower was gilded.

Features of Guangxiao Temple in Guangzhou:
The temple encloses the Mahavira hall, Sleeping Buddha Statue, Bodhi trees, Jialian Palace, Sakyamuni Hall, Samgharama Hall, the King of Heaven Hall and East and West Iron Pagodas. The West iron Pagoda was built in 963 and is believed to be the oldest iron pagoda in the country. The East Iron Pagoda built in 967 is seven storied and 7.69 meters high.

Huineng, one of the six founders of Buddhism in China, had his hair shaven in this temple. Later monks of the temple built the pagoda to inhume his hair. The Pagoda is a seven storied structure built with sand, stone and brick measuring upto 7.8 meters height.

The complex preserves historic remains of ancient structures and famous characters.

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Ticket Price :
5 Yuan
Open Hour :
06:00 to 17:30
Address :
No.109 Guangxiao Road, Guangzhou
How to get to the Guangxiao Temple
Take Guangzhou Metro Line 1 , get off at Ximenkou Metro Station ,Exit C, Turn right then walking about 5 minutes ,you will see the Guangxiao Temple  (Guangzhou Metro Map)
(Last Update on September 23, 2018)
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3 comments

  1. This was a very peaceful place to visit. We were warned to avoid the fake monks who reside outside the temple and look for hand-outs. The real monks inside were not like that and went about their business. Regardless of ones' faith, this was a wonderful place to sit and reflect on life. We took our children (who actually were quite) but this probably isn't a place you'd want to bring kids to.

  2. Though there're many more impressive temples in China, this one is special because it's one of the oldest in south China. Where Sixth and Last Patriarch of Zen Buddhism Huineng found the South Branch of Zen Buddhism here. The famous Zen Buddhism poem exchange of "身是菩提樹 心如明镜台" happened in this courtyard. Bodhidharma the founder of Zen Buddhism also left his mark in this temple.

  3. This was an amazing place to visit – very humbling. It was an incredibly spiritual place and as I am not Buddhist I actually felt as though I was intruding on something very special to these people. I enjoyed the experience and wholly respect the faith. It was difficult to ignore the beggars outside but after giving them a few yuan we just had to walk away.

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