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Zhaojue Temple

Introducing Zhaojue Temple
The Zhaojue Temple is situated in Qinglongchang in the north suburb of Chengdu, Sichuan Province, close to Chengdu Zoo. It is one of the key Buddhist temples in China and an important place for Buddhist activities, and has been known as the "No. 1 Zen Buddhist Temple in Western Sichuan". Chengdu Zhaojue Temple plays an important role in the promotion and development of Buddhism in China, and is regarded by many Buddhists in Japan and southeast Asian countries as the ancestral site of Buddhist temples in their own countries.

Zhaojue Temple Fast Facts
• Chinese Name: Zhaojuesi 昭觉寺
• Best Time to Visit: All year around
• Recommended Visiting Hours: About 1 to 2 hours
• Things to Do: Photography, Buddism, Architecture
• Opening Hours: 08:00-17:00
• Entrance Fee: ¥2
• Address: No.333 Zhaoqing Road, Chenghua District, Chengdu, Sichuan Province

What to expect at Zhaojue Temple

Known as the First Buddhist Congregation in western Sichuan, Zhaojue Temple, dating back to the 7th century, was first constructed in the Tang Dynasty. Emperor Xuanzong of the Tang Dynasty named it Zhaojue. During the early Qing Dynasty, it underwent extensive reconstruction under the supervision of Po Shan, a famous Buddhist monk, with waterways and groves of trees being established around the temple. In 1703, Emperor Kangxi of the Qing Dynasty granted a plaque to the Zhaojue Temple with an inscription: "Strict and Dignified Dharma Realm".

Facing south, the ancient temple is surrounded by fields, with green mountains in a distance. Old and tall pines, cypresses and bamboo grow luxuriantly in the temple, and the halls are tucked away in the woods. The main architectural structures along the central axis include the front gate, Octagonal Pavilion, the Hall of Heavenly Kings, the Hall of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva, the Mahavira Hall, and a depository for sacred Buddhist sutras.

How to get to Zhaojue Temple

By Bus
• Take bus No. 1, 49, 53, 71, 83, 85, 87, 90, 156 or 530 and get off at Zhaojuesi Station.

By Metro
• Take Metro Line 3 and get off at Dongwuyuan Station (Exit A).

Additional travel advice on Zhaojue Temple
• Please dress and behave appropriately in the temple.
• Visitors are forbidden to take incense from outside into the temple.

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