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As a famous Buddhist temple in Xiamen, Nanputuo Temple, built during the Tang Dynasty (618 A.D.-907 A.D.), is located at the foot of Five Old Men Peaks in the south of Xiamen of China and neighboring Xiamen University in the south. It is in the south of Putuo Temple of Zhejiang, so it is called Nanputuo Temple. As time went by, the temple was destroyed in the war during the rein of Emperor Yongle in Qing Dynasty (1616 A.D.-1911 A.D.), and General Shilang rebuilt it during Qing Dynasty (1606 A.D. ~1911A.D.), mainly for worshipping. It is now an impressive multi-layered trapezoidal structure overlooking the sea. The collection of Buddhist cultural relics such as the Heavenly King Hall, the Hall of Great Compassion and the Shrine of Buddha Mile are all attractions that deserve seeing, and the calligraphic works and paintings from the ancient times are very valuable for research in Chinese culture, which should not be forgotten by the visitors.
The main features of Nanputuo Temple
The Nanputuo Temple is large in size, covering an area of 25.8 hectares in total. From south to north axis there are the Heavenly King Hall, the Daxiong Hall, the Hall of Great Compassion and the Sutra-Preserved Hall respectively, with corridors, Clock Tower and Drum Tower on each side, all of which are simple but dignified in style. The Heavenly King Hall lies in the forefront of the axis of the temple, with Buddha Mile laughing in the middle of the shrine. As the center of the Nanputuo Temple with unique characteristics of southern Fujian Temple, the Daxiong Hall is a sacred place of Buddhism. Enshrined in the Hall of Great Compassion are the statues of the Sanshi Reverend Buddha, the Four Kings of Heaven, the Thousand-handed Bodhisattva and the eighteen arhats, which are solemn in appearance but are very different from another.
The Sutra-preserved Hall is the tallest building along the axis in the temple with two floors: the first floor is sutra- preaching place and the second one is Yufo Hall, which houses a Burmese jade carving of the Buddha and many important Buddhist literatures. There are many inscriptions that are well-preserved in the temple, among which the stone inscriptions by Sheng Yourong in the period of the Ming Dynasty (1368A.D. ~1644A.D.) and the stele written by Emperor Kangxi in the period of the Qing Dynasty (1606A.D. ~1911A.D.) are most well-known. Behind the Sutra-preserved Hall are many Cliffside inscriptions, and the one with the word “Buddha” on its surface is very impressive, which is 4.66 meters in height and 3.33 meters in width. Pilgrims from all over the world come here to pray joy ,wealth and happiness for their family and loved ones in February 19th, when is the birthday of Bodhisattva Guanyin, and splendid performances are held in the temple at that time each year.
The Nanputuo Temple is located at the foot of Wulao Peak in the south of Xiamen of China and neighboring Xiamen University in the south. There are buses to there from 8:00 in the morning to 5:00 in the evening every day. You can take a bus No. 45, 87、17, 1, 18, 29 and 47 to get there immediately from the center of the city. Of course, You can visit it from 7：30 to 21:00 in Summer and from 8：00 to 18:30 in Winter.
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