Top 4 Buddhist Temples in Chengdu

The introduction of Buddhism from India was 2000 years ago and now occupied an important position in China’s social life. Many local Chinese come to the Buddhist temples to worship, light incense and pray during weekends and some important days. If you are a Buddhist, it is a good choice to have a pilgrimage journey by visiting temples. If you are just an ordinary traveler, taking a visit to temples will help you have a comprehensive understanding about Chinese Buddhism.

Besides the numerous temples on Mount Emei, one of the Four Great Buddhist Mountains in China, there are some famous Buddhist temples in and around Chengdu, like Wenshu Monastery, Baoguang Temple, Zhaojue Temple and Daci Temple.

TOP 1: Wenshu Monastery Wénshū Yuàn 文殊院

Wenshu Monastery (also called Wenshu Temple) is the best-preserved Buddhist temple in the downtown area of Chengdu, as well as one of the top four temples of Zen Buddhism. First built in Sui Dynasty (605-617), Wenshu Monastery has over 1400 years’ history.

Wenshu Monastery has a large complex with beautiful architecture, including five major halls positioned along the central axis - Tianwang Hall, Three Saints Hall (Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva, Manjusri Bodhisattva and Samantabhadra Bodhisattva), Daxiong Hall, Shuofa Hall, Depositary of Buddhist Sutra; and Bell & Drum Tower, Vegetarian Restaurant, Zhunti Hall, Yuantong Hall, Yufo Hall, Wuguan Hall, etc. Besides take a walk in the peaceful place, Buddhist can worship, light incense and pray, enjoy vegetarian food in the restaurant, drink a cup of jasmine tea to fresh your mind.

Wenshu Monastery Abbot: Zong Xing

Buddhism Events:
1. Xuanzang’s Skull Relic Presentation Ceremony on March 9
2. Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva’s Birthday on March 23
3. Manjusri Bodhisattva Birthday on May 10
4. Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva Enlightment Day on July 7
5. Monastery life experience camp, meditation camp in summer time.
(Please Note: The date for the Buddhism events and activities may be adjusted according to the real situation, please confirm with us before you decide to take these activities. )

Recommended Visiting Time: 2-3 hours

Opening Hours:08:00 ~ 17:00

Tickets: free

Address: No.66, Wenshuyuan Street, Qingyang District, Chengdu, China

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TOP 2: Baoguang Temple Bǎo Gūang Sì 宝光寺

Baoguang Temple is located in Xindu District, about 25 km north of Chengdu. Surrounded by well-preserved wooden architecture, Baoguang Temple is one of the four temples of Zen Buddhism in West China. It was built in Eastern Han Dynasty and named “Baoguang Temple” in Tang Dynasty.

Baoguang Temple is composed of 16 courtyards, 5 halls and one pagoda. Along the central axis, Buddhist can explore from the Screen Wall of Fu (lucky) Character, the Gate to the Monastery, the Hall of Heaven Kings, the Dagoba, Hall of Seven Buddha, Depository of Buddhist Sutras and Zixia Mountain. Also, wander and see a bell tower, a drum tower, the Hall of the Arhats, meditation room, and other Buddhist buildings in sequence. In the Hall of Arhats, there are 518 statues of arhats with different and vivid figures. Buddhist who come to Baoguang Temple should have a look at “Pagoda”, “Arhats” and “Three Cultural Treasures” – Buddha’s relics, palm leaf manuscript, Magnolia delavayi.

Baoguang Temple Abbot: Yi Ji

Recommended Visiting Time: 2 ~ 3 hours

Opening Hours: 08:00-17:00

Tickets: RMB 5/person

Address: No.81 Baoguang Street, Xindu District, Chengdu

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TOP 3: Daci Temple Dàcí Sì 大慈寺

Daci Temple is located in the downtown area, next to Chunxi Road and Sino-Ocean Taikoo Li. It is a Buddhist temple in large-scale with long history about 1600 years. The famous monk – Xuan Zang (600-664) in Tang Dynasty came from Chang’an (Xian today) to Chengdu to learn Buddhism. He was ordained in Daci Temple in 622 and became Bhikkhu. Through five years’ learning, Xuan Zang still confused about some teachings and he decided to leave Chengdu and get back to Chang’an.

Daci Temple has the Gate, Maitreya Hall, Avalokitesvara Hall, Daxiong Hall, Shuofa Hall, Depository of Buddhist Sutras and Ordination Hall, Meditation Hall, Guest Room, Vegetarian Restaurant, etc. It is a nice choice to pay a visit to Daci Temple, an island of tranquility in the chaos of Chengdu center. You can visit the Buddhist architectures, enjoy vegetarian food and drink a cup of Zen tea and worship here.

Daci Temple Abbot: Da En

Recommended Visiting Time: 1 hour

Opening Hours: 08:00-17:30

Tickets: Free

Address: Next to Taikoo Li & Chunxi Road, No.1 Dacisi Street, Jinjiang District, Chengdu

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TOP 4: Zhaojue Temple Zhāojué Sì 昭觉寺

Zhaojue Temple is located in the north of Chengdu, very close to Chengdu Zoo, 5 kilometers from downtown area. It is reputed as the First Buddhist Temple in West China. It was first named “Jianyuan Temple” and later given “Zhao Jue” in Tang Dynasty.

Zhaojue Temple has a very complete layout. Travelers can explore along the central axis, from the Gate, Octagonal Pavilion, Tianwang Hall, Daxiong Hall to Depository of Buddhist Sutras, as well as Avalokitesvara Pavilion, Yushu Tower, Stone Buddha Hall, Dashi Hall, Xianjue Hall, Bell Tower, Drum Tower, Yuantong Grand Hall, Meditation Hall, Monk Hall, Vegetarian Restaurant, Free Life Pond, etc. If you are a Buddhist, it is a good choice to go and pray and meditate in the peaceful environment.

Zhaojue Temple Abbot: Qing Ding

Recommended Visiting Time: 1 ~ 2 hours

Opening Hours: 08:00-17:00

Tickets: free

Address: No.333 Zhaoqing Road, Chenghua District, Chengdu

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