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Free admission with a show of id. Reasonably large compound and well tended gardens. There is a surprisingly large pond with ornated corridors wrapped around. Make a nice walk. Temple wise looked less restored than Huayan, so you may prefer this if you are into...More
This one is right next to the entrance of Datong City Wall, literally across the street.
This place has rich history but I still would visit Datong's other interests first in the following order before visiting this one:
1) Yungang Grottoes
2) Hanging Temple
A place of calm. Wonderful architecture. The bits that aren't ancient are those that were repaired400 years ago. Definitely worth the stroll around. Don't miss the 5 dragon screen near the entrance - in slightly better repair than the 9 dragon screen.
I don't know why it is ranked so low! It is better than Huayan monastery in my opinion.
This one has a great gardens, secret places to relax. Great art works of buddhas and similar and it was fairly empty - great opportunity for photos!...More
A highlight of Datong. An amazing example of Tang architecture. The wood carvings are top rate, especially the dozen heavenly kings. The entrance carvings are also well preserved. Don't miss this 1,000 year old or so monastery in Datong
The Southern Monastery as it is known is in the walled area of Datong, it provides important material for the Tang and Song architecture.
It is well looked after and a joy to visit.
I highly recommend it for a hour or so. If you...More