Nanhua Temple is a Buddhist monastery

13/11/2013 10:14

Nanhua Temple is a Buddhist monastery. It is located 25 km southeast of Shaoguan, China in the town of Caoxi (漕溪), Guangdong province, within a few kilometers from Bei River, formerly an important trade route from Central China to Guangzhou. The temple was founded during 502 AD by an Indian monk named Zhiyao Sanzang who originally named the site Baolin Temple. It received its present name in 968 during the reign of the Song Dynasty Emperor Taizong. The site was later renovated in 1934. You could go to Nanhua Temple for a trip when you come to Guangzhou for Canton fair 2014.

The majestic Hall of Heavenly Kings was originally built in 1474 during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and rebuilt in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). The statue of Maitreya is enshrined in the hall and the mighty statues of the four Heavenly Kings holding religious objects stand on both sides of the statue of Maitreya. Behind the hall is a three-storey bell tower which was constructed in 1301 of the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). On top of the bell tower, there hangs a brass bell from the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279). The massive bell is 2.75 meters (9 feet) high with a diameter of 1.8 meters (5.9 feet).
Fo Guang Shan means 揃uddha's Light Mountain? and refers to a Chinese Mahayana Buddhist monastic order founded in Taiwan in 1967 by Venerable Master Hsing Yun. The order promotes humanistic buddhism and aims to make this philosophy and way of life relevant in the world. The popularity of this order has spread around the world and the magnificent Nan Hau Temple in Bronkhorstspruit - about an hour's drive from Johannesburg along the N4 highway towards Witbank - is testament to this fact. The temple, with its seminary, is the largest in Africa.