South Putuo Temple (Nanputuo Temple, “南普陀寺” in Chinese) is a 1000 years old Buddhist resort in southern Fujian. Since the 1920s, Nanputuo Temple has been the center of Buddhism exchange at home and abroad. It is also a national key Buddhist temples in Han areas and one of the eight scenic spots in Xiamen City.
South Putuo Temple covers an area of 258,000 square meters. With a thousand-year-old history, the temple was first built in the late Tang Dynasty and was called Sizhou Temple (泗洲寺). During the Reign of Emperor Kangxi of the Qing Dynasty, Shi Lang recovered Taiwan and garrisoned in Xiamen. He built the Great Mercy Hall here to worship Guanyin, and changed the name of the temple to Nanputuo, matches the Guanyin Dojo on Putuo Mountain in Zhejiang province.
Located at the foot of Wulao Peak in the southeast of Xiamen City in Fujian, it is next to Xiamen University with azure sea in hundreds meters reach. It is the most prosperous temple in Xiamen and many tourists come here to pray for health and wealth. Landscape architecture, lush plants, animals and people live in harmony with one another. Visitors can enjoy a pleasant leisure time and inner peace in the temple. Besides that, tourists can also taste the delicious vegetarian food in the temple, and if you have more time, climbing the Wulao Peak behind the temple is a great experience.
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South Putuo Temple is facing the azure sea in the south with a serene mountain in its back. The main architectures in the central axis are Tianwang Hall, Daxiong, Dabei Hall and Depository of Buddhist Sutras. There is a square in front of Tianwang Hall, and a 30m quadrate Free Life Pond and a bigger lotus pool.
Tianwang Hall situates at the forefront of the central axis and worships Maitreya Buddha. The entrance door of the temple is just in the front of Tianwang Hall. Entering the hall, you'll see Four Devarajas with fierce stares on the two sides of the hall, with the smiling Maitreya Buddha in the center.
Daxiong Hall is the center of the temple, splendid and magnificent. Built in 1926, Daxiong Hall is a wooden architecture with green titles on the roof and stone pillars as support, and the beam is carved and the pillar is painted, which represents the traditional architecture skill in Southern Fujian. Monks will do morning and even lessons in here. Dharma assembly, worship and other Buddhism activities will also be held in Daxiong Hall.
Dabei Hall is another main shrine in the temple. Worshiping Thousand-Hand Kwan-yin, it's built in Qing Dynasty. It's situated on the high platform behind Daxiong Hall, with nearly 30 stone stairs between them. The main hall of Dabei hall is an octagon shape, and the structure is very delicate and tight, like a spider web. People in Southern Fujian believes in Kwan-yin, thus Dabei Hall is very prosperous and many locals come here to burn incense.
Depository of Buddhist Sutras is the highest building among the architectures in central axis. Built in 1936, it's a two-floor building. The first floor is dhammasala, a place used to speak Dharma, and the second place is used to store Buddhist texts and other cultural relics. Lotus Sutra written in blood from Ming Dynasty, White Porcelain Kwan-yin Statue created by He Chaozong, a famous sculptor in Ming Dynasty, 28 Burmese jade Buddhas and other Buddhist scriptures and cultural relics are all stored in here.
In Chinese lunar calendar, every February 19th, June 19th and September 19th will celebrate the enlightenment of Kwan-yin. At these time, South Putuo Temple will hold grand Buddhist activities, and many believers will light incense and kowtow to the Kwan-yin statues in the temple to pray for health and wealth. Tourists can taste the famous vegetarian food in the temple.
Besides that, there are five large-scale Dharma Assemblies every year.
Sanqianfo Dharma Assembly: January 16th ~ January 18th in Chinese lunar calendar
Buddha Showering Grand Dharma Assembly: April 8th in Chinese lunar calendar
Yulanpen Grand Dharma Assembly: July 15th in Chinese lunar calendar
Shuilu Dharma Assembly: October 15th ~ October 21st in Chinese lunar calendar
Wanfo Grand Assembly: December 8th ~ December 17th in Chinese lunar calendar
The vegetarian cuisine is famous because of South Putuo Temple, and it attracts more tourists to the temple in return. The food here is reputed as the most authentic vegetarian food in Fujian Province. With a history over 100 years, the original vegetarian food was provided for believers after they worship the Buddha. As Xiamen's opening to public, more and more people visit the temple and taste the vegetarian food here.
The South Putuo Temple, surrounded by the graceful sea and with the Wulao Peaks behind, is located in the southwest part of Xiamen Island. It’s about 14km from Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport, 5km form Xiamen Train Station and 28km from Xiamen North Station. Most tourists would fly or take high-speed trains to Xiamen city first and then transfer to private car, taxi and bus to get to South Putuo Temple.
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Xiamen enjoys a busy taxi system. You can easily find a taxi to go around Xiamen. Here are some information about distances and estimated consuming times between South Putuo Temple and other famous spots in Xiamen Island for your reference:
|Xiamen Gaoqiao International Airport||
South Putuo Temple
|14km||Takes about 20 minutes|
|Xiamen Train Station||5km||Takes 10-15 minutes|
|Xiamen North Train Station||28km||Takes 35-40 minutes|
|Zhongshan Road||4km||Takes 15-20 minutes|
|Xiamen International Cruise Center||7km||Takes 20-25 minutes|
South Putuo Temple is just outside the South Gate of Xiamen University. Therefore, you can take buses to reach Xiamen Univerisity first and walk several hundreds meters to get to the temple. There are numebrous buses can get to Xiamen University.
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There are many attractions around South Putuo Temple quite worth visiting, such as Xiamen University, Xiamen Botanical Garden on Wulao Mountain, Zeng Cuo An and Hulishan Fortress on Huandao Road, Sha Po Wei, and Zhongshan Road, etc.
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Against the mountains and overlooking the sea, Xiamen University is praised as one of the most beautiful universities in China. The campus is backed by the rolling Wulao Peak, facing ripping Xiamen Bay in the front. The wind brings the scent of the salty sea. Visitors may hear the whistle of fishing boats in the early morning. For travelers, Jiageng architecture is the highlight of Xiamen University. This "Chinese and Western Combination" style of architecture was created by Chen Jiageng in a common form of “dovetailed roof with western building body(Roman column)”.
Huandao Road is located on the southeast part of Xiamen Island, surrounded by tropical flowers, azure blue sea, comfortable wooden footpaths and bicycle paths. It is the best place to enjoy the island and beach scenery in Xiamen. Zeng Cuo An, Baicheng Beach, Hulishan Fortress, Huangcuo Beach and International Convention and Exhibition Center, etc. are all highlights you can’t miss on Huangdao Road. Considering the distances of each scenic spot, riding a bike is the best way to fully appreciate beaches, architecture, status and highlights on the road. Visitors can also take the No. 29 bus and Island tour bus to appreciate the coastal scenery of Xiamen.
Xiamen's weather is very suitable for tourism. No severe cold winter nor an extremely hot summer. The lowest temperature is about 9℃ in January, while the highest temperature is about 33℃ in August. Nanputuo Temple is suitable to visit all year around, especially in spring and autumn. Typhoons may hit Xiamen in August, and the flight may be canceled for this reason. South Putuo Temple is situated on the seaside, so it's better to avoid the typhoon season. However, if you are lucky to avoid visiting Xiamen in typhoon days summer, Lotus in the Pond are in their full bloom, perfume the whole area. You may smell the faint fragrance even in a distance. More detailed information about the weather, please Xiamen Weather, Climate & Best Time to Visit >>
There are lots of hot tourist attractions nearby South Putuo Temple, which makes the area one of the most popular places to stay overnight. Joyze Hotel Xiamen Curio Collection By Hilton and Conrad Xiamen are the top recommended hotels in this area. More detailed information, please visit Where to Stay in Xiamen | Xiamen Hotels & Hostels >>
Bypassing the Depository of Buddhist Sutras and about 10-feet-high Buddha character carved stone, visitors entered the range of Wulao Peak (五老峰). Walking slowly upward, visitors can see the panoramic view of Xiamen University. Overlook in a distance across the Lujiang river, Nantaiwu Mountain rises, like guarding the gate of Nanputuo temple. Another 10 minutes walk from the peak viewing platform, you can reach the Xiamen Botanical Garden (also known as Wanshi Botanical Garden) directly.
Don’t clamor loud, doodling, spitting everywhere, throwing the cigarette butt, the peel and paper scraps. Dress appropriately, avoid revealing and strange clothes. Don’t enter temples with meat or greasy food. Don’t fiddle with stuff in the temple, touching or scratching status in the temple is forbidden.
Most visitors prefer to spend 2-4 days covering the highlights of Xiamen City and surrounding. They usually spend one day visiting the best attractions in the city area including Gulangyu Island, South Putuo Temple, Hulishan Fortress, Zhongshan Road, etc. And enjoy 1-2 days to Fujian Tulou clusters in Nanjing and Yongding to see the famous earthen buildings listed as World Cultural Heritage. If you want to explore Xiamen deeply, plan 1 more day to discover Huandao Road, Jimei School Village, The Eighth Seafood Market, Wanshi Botanical Garden, etc. !
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