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Nanputuo Temple

Nanputuo Temple(南普陀)

 

Nanputuo Temple started with a single monk named Qin Hao living in a small cave tucked in to the side of the Five Old Men Mountain (Wulaofeng五老峰). Over the past 1000 or so years, the temple has added about 20 buildings, including Heavenly Emperor Hall (Lingxiaodian 凌霄殿), Heroic Treasure Hall (Daxiongbaodian 大雄宝殿), Great Benevolence Hall(Dabeidian 大悲殿), and the Buddhist Scripture Repository (Cangjingge 藏经阁).

Today, Nanputuo Buddhist Temple, right outside XMU's Danan Gate, is an active monastery with about 120 monks, and a popular tourist attraction. 

Before you actually enter the temple you can stroll around a beautiful lake full of water lilies. The small benches surrounding the lake tempt one to stop a minute and enjoy the view of the two white pagodies, the temple and the lovely slopes of the Five Old Men Mountain

 

(Wulaofeng五老峰).

After paying the minimal 3 Yuan entrance fee at the temple, you can admire the buildings and extraordinary statues,
and climb the granite steps to the peak for a panoramic view of XMU and Xiamen harbor. While climbing the mountain you might get a glimpse of a very fascinating site: a small cave filled with hundreds of tiny Buddhist statues. Apart from that cave there are numerous buildings, statues and stone carvings to discover on the mountain. Even if you aren't that interested in temples, or have simply had your fill of them, Nanputuo Temple is worth a look because, despite its popularity as a tourist destination, the mountain's endless meandering paths offer the cahnce to get some peace and quiet away from the city.


Opening hours: 5:30–18:00

How to get there:Take Bus 950 to its last stop at XMUT Siming campus from where Nanputuo Temple (南普陀) is within 10 mins walk and is just beside the gate of Xiamen University (厦门大学).