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Zhaojue Temple

Introducing Chengdu Zhaojue Temple, Chengdu Zhaojue Temple Guide, Chengdu Zhaojue Temple Travel Guide
Article from Chengdu Municipal Commission of Tourism
Edited by Sharleen

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".

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.

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".

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.

Quick Facts on Chengdu Zhaojue Temple

• Name: Chengdu Zhaojue Temple
• Location: 5 km north of Chengdu
• Phone: +86-28-83517177
• Date: Tang Dynasty (618-907)
• Best Time to Visit: All year
• Recommended Time for a Visit: 1-2 Hours
• Opening Hours: 8:00-17:00
• Admission Fee: CNY 2

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