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Jing'an Temple

Introducing Shanghai Jing'an Temple
Shanghai Jing'an Temple, literally means Temple of Peace and Tranquility, is a Buddhist temple in downtown Shanghai. It is one of the most famous ancient temples in southern area of China.

Shanghai Jing'an Temple Fast Facts
• Chinese Name: Shanghai Jing’ansi 上海静安寺
• Best Time to Visit: All year around
• Recommended Visiting Hours: About 2 to 3 hours
• Things to Do: Photography, Architecture, Buddhism
• Opening Hours: 07:00-17:30
• Entrance Fee: ¥50; Free on Lunar 1st and 15th of every month; ¥100 from lunar 1st to 15th of January
• Address: No. 1686 Nanjing West Road, Jing’an District, Shanghai

What to expect at Shanghai Jing'an Temple

The first temple was built in 247 AD, at the time of the Kingdom of Wu, during the Three Kingdoms period. Originally located beside Suzhou Creek, Shanghai Jing'an Temple was relocated to its current site in 1216 during the Song Dynasty. The current temple was rebuilt once in the Qing Dynasty. It's most recent renovation was in late 2003.

The current temple was rebuilt in the Qing Dynasty but, during the Cultural Revolution, the temple was converted into a plastic factory. In 1983, it was returned to its original purpose and renovated with the Jing'An Pagoda completed in 2010.

In the temple there are three big halls - Hall of Heavenly Kings, Mahavira Hall and Three Sage Hall. Jing’an temple is famous for a portrait of the Sakyamuni; it is sitting in the Mahavira Hall. It is about 3.78 meters in height, 11,000ke in weight. It was so big that it had been torn down into several smaller pieces to be moved into the Mahavira Hall. The charming and tranquil expression of Budda conveys an atmosphere of auspiciousness and venerability.

How to get to Shanghai Jing'an Temple

By Metro
• Take Metro Line 2 or Line 7 and get off at Jing'an Temple Station (Exit 1).

By Bus
Take bus No. 15, 20, 37, 40, 45, 57, 76, 93, 94, 113, 315, 321, 323, 327, 330, 824, 830, 838, or 927 and get off at Jing'an Temple Station.

Additional travel advice on Shanghai Jing'an Temple
• On the birthday and memorial days of each Bodhisattva, Darma assembly is always held at the temple.
• On the lunar 8th of April, the temple always holds a fair.

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