Sunday, January 12, 2014

Bright Filial Piety Temple, Guangzhou

The Bright Filial Piety Temple, or Guangxiao Temple (光孝寺), is the oldest Buddhist temple in Guangzhou, with a history dating back more than 1,700 years. It is among the grandest and most influential temples in China, and is said to have existed before the birth of Guangzhou City.


The main complex of the temple consists of Mahavira Hall, Sixth Ancestor Hall, Samgharama Hall, Heavenly King Hall, the East and West Iron Towers, and the Mahakaruna Dharani Sutra Pillar. The East and West Iron Towers are the oldest iron towers in China.

The Hall of the Sleeping Buddha
The Mahavira Hall is considered the most magnificent in South China, and is guarded by the Bell Tower and the Drum Tower.

The Drum Tower
The Sixth Ancestor Hall was established in honor of Hui Neng, the sixth master of the Zen Sect of Buddhism, who is widely considered the most influential monk in the history of Chinese Buddhism. In the temple there is also a pagoda where Hui Neng's hair was buried.


Besides that, there's the Bowl-Washing Spring, which was dug to provide clear spring water in which Bodhidhamma, the initiator of Chinese Zen Buddhism, could wash his bowl.


Admission Fee

RMB 5

Opening Hours

06:00 to 17:00

Getting There

From Ximenkou Subway Station (Line 1), take Exit D. Once you are out from the station, turn left and walk along Zhongshan Lu until you reach Haizhu Bei Lu. Turn left and continue walking until you reach Jinghui Lu. Turn left and walk until you see the temple on your right.


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