Buddhist Monasteries in Urban Chengdu

Authors: Go Chengdu


A tour to the ancient Buddhist monasteries in Chengdu, the embodiment of the city’s long cultural traditions, would be a rewarding experience for you to know more about local history and the life styles of common people.
Wenshu Monastery
Wenshu Monastery is the largest well-preserved Buddhist temple in downtown Chengdu. It was built in the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and is dedicated to Wenshu (Manjushri, the god of wisdom).
The monastery covers an area of over 20,000 sq.m and has magnificent old constructions with more than 190 rooms. The newly built 11-storey Peace Pagoda of A Thousand Buddhas is 22 meters tall.
The monastery also has a large teahouse and an excellent vegetarian restaurant.
Address: #66 Wenshu Street (Wenshu Yuanjie), Qingyang District

Daci Monastery
Adjacent to the Sino-Ocean Taikoo Li Chengdu (a fashionable shopping center), Daci Monastery is a tranquil place in the bustling downtown Chengdu. Once the largest Buddhist monastery in Sichuan, the temple was first built in the Sui Dynasty (581-618) and experienced reconstruction many times, and the present constructions were mainly built in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).
The monastery was the site where Xuan Zang, an eminent monk in the Tang Dynasty, was ordained into monkhood.
Address: #23 Dacisi Road, Jinjiang District

Zhaojue Monastery
Known in history as the First Buddhist Congregation in western Sichuan, Zhaojue Monastery (Enlightenment Monastery) was initially built in the early Tang Dynasty and it played an important role in helping the spread of Buddhism in China, and is regarded by many Buddhists in Asian countries as the ancestral site of Buddhist temples in their own countries.
Address: #333 Zhaoqing Road, Chenghua District
Tiexiangsi Monastery
Literally the Iron Statue Monastery, Tiexiangsi Monastery is located in the Hi-tech Zone in southern Chengdu. It is so named because of an iron statue of Sakyamuni Budda excavated at its site back in the year of 1590.
A new water-sight street next to the monastery was built and opened to the public. The pedestrian street has soon become a tourist attraction and an ideal place for meeting and dining, with all the stylish constructions and facilities highlighting western Sichuan culture and architecture.
Address: First Tianfu Street, Chengdu Hi-tech Zone

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