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Luoyang White Horse Temple

Introducing Luoyang White Horse Temple, Luoyang White Horse Temple Travel Guide
Article from Chinaculture.org, edited by Cathy

The White Horse Temple is located 12 kilometers away from the east of Luoyang City, Henan Province. The White Horse Temple enjoys the reputation of the No.1 Ancient Temple of China. The White Horse Temple lies on the south of Mangshan Mountain, and faces the Luohe River in the south. The construction of the White Horse Temple started in the 11th year (68) during the Yongping reign of Emperor Mingdi in the Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220).

The White Horse Temple has a history of over 1900 years. The White Horse Temple is the first temple built since Buddhism spread to China in the Han Dynasty (206BC-220AD). According to historical records, Emperor Mingdi of the Eastern Han Dynasty dreamed of a golden man flying above the courtyard. After he woke up, the emperor sent Cai Yin and Qin Jing as envoys to western regions to invite Buddha and learn Buddhism. The two envoys underwent much hardship and met two eminent Indian dignitaries She Moteng and Zhu Falan on the way. Cai Yin and Qin Jing came back to Luoyang City with the two monks, and a white horse carrying the sutras. Emperor Mingdi ordered the construction of the temple to the north of the imperial road outside the Xiyong Gate of Luoyang City. The White Horse Temple, built after the style of Indian temples, was the place for She Moteng and Zhu Falan to translate Buddhist sutras and write sermons. In order to memorize the white horse for its carrying back of the sutras, the temple was named the White Horse Temple.

As the first Buddhist temple in China, the White Horse Temple plays a significant role in the history of Chinese Buddhism and China's international cultural exchanges. After the founding of the People's Republic of China, the People's Government paid much attention to the temple and thoroughly restored it several times from 1952 to 1973. The White Horse Temple has become an attraction to domestic and foreign tourists.

Quick Facts on Luoyang White Horse Temple

• Name: Luoyang White Horse Temple
• Location: Luolong District
• Phone: +86-379-63789053
• Date: Eastern Han (25-220)
• Best Time to Visit: April to May; September to November
• Recommended Time for a Visit: 1 Hour
• Opening Hours: 7:30-19:00
• Admission Fee: CNY50

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