Xuanzhuang Temple
Xuanzhuang Temple
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Yonah
Seattle, WA63 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
If you have an interest in Buddhism and the history of the monk this venerates, it might be interesting. Otherwise, not much to see. There were some unaffiliated cult folk forcibly passing out flyers which was annoying, but that isn’t the temple’s fault.
Written 2 December 2023
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T-SGlobetrotters
Preston, UK3,504 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Located on the opposite shore from Shuishe, there are two public transport options. One is by bus that skirts clockwise around the lake. A more interesting route is to take the ferry from the wharf. Xuanguang Temple, the smaller of two Temples in the complex is first stop closest to the lakeshore as you exit the ferry. There is a trail through forest uphill from here to the larger Xuanzang (Xuanzhuang) Temple. This is built on three floors, the top floor contains religious relics considered important to Buddhists including a skull fragment of Xuan Zang a Chinese monk famed for a 17 year journey to India. Note shoes must be taken off to access the upper floors and no photos are allowed. For anyone so inclined, it is possible to continue the trail to Ci’en Pagoda which has been reviewed separately. A visit to all three sites takes about two hours return.
Written 27 November 2023
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BangkokSachse
Bangkok, Thailand50,064 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
We stopped at Xuan Zang Temple after entering Sun Moon Lake. Xuan Zang Temple is peaceful and beautiful. The views of Sun Moon Lake were beautiful. It was foggy at the lake in mid March.
Written 13 March 2023
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Larry-Calif
San Francisco, CA378 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Friends
Xuanzang Temple was built in 1958. The relics of a famous Tang Dynasty Buddhist monk, Xuanzang (Hsuan-tsang) are enshrined here, along with a golden idol in is image.

Hsuantsang was a prominent Buddhist monk who made a 17-year journey to India during the 7th century.

The Hsuantsang Hall is the main hall of the temple with 3 floors. The second floor contains the Hsuantang’s shrine and the third floor had the relics of Hsuan-tsang and his classic works.

Other interesting features of the complex include Hauantsang Memorial Museum, Turtle statue, white elephant statue, and bell tower

On the roof of the building, I saw another view of the beautiful Sun Moon Lake.

It was very interesting to learn about the BUDDHIST SOJOURNER ... at Xuanzang Temple.

Note: The water closet is to the left of the temple near the snack bar.
Written 27 November 2020
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Betty
2,879 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
The temple is nice with some relics. The temple has a great view of Sun Moon Lake. If you have the time, it is okay to visit but not a must see attraction.
Written 16 February 2020
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Wanderering1
Lake Macquarie, Australia732 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
This beautiful temple pays tribute to a monk who wandered from China to India via the Silk Road. Not content with that he travelled around India before returning home. The temple has magnificent decorations as well as welcoming and helpful monks. Toilet facilities and a gift shop are available plus there is a coffee shop and beautiful verandah area on which to sit.
Written 30 October 2019
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NamasteHello
Harrogate, UK1,822 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Solo
The exterior is much more interesting than the inside with a number of statues and map depicting travels. The top two rooms are for those who want a basic understanding of Buddhism.
Written 28 October 2019
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Nigel H
Harrogate, UK70 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
For me the outside of the temple was the best part. It's quite photogenic with statutes and outbuildings. The temple itself inside was quite uninspiring, especially the upper two floors. But then I'm not religious and I'm sure those who are, and bekieve the relics tk be real it's more meaningful. However, I had to berate two individuals for taking photos when clearly on floors 2 and 3 they were not permitted. Unless you can respect their religion don't come to temples.
Written 28 October 2019
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Christian B
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Solo
During the last years I visit a lot of temple. This was one of the best. Beautiful view over the lake.
Written 14 October 2019
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Boston T
193 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
This temple is not gorgeous but is of cultural and historical importance. Some of the relics of the actual monk who was the protagonist for Journey to the West are enshrined here. The relics are in a case on the 3rd floor viewable by closed circuit TV. No shoes and no photos allowed on the upper 2 floors. Free literature in the foyer. Adjacent museum details the life and travels of the Master (we did not go inside). Great views across the lake to WenWu and Shuishe.
Written 5 August 2019
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