Lingyin Temple
Lingyin Temple
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Built in 326 A.D. at the foot of Lingyin Mountain, this temple features a main hall extending 33.5 meters in height, a statue of Sakyamuni carved out of 24 pieces of camphor wood and a laughing Buddha covered in gold.
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Jeffrey W
New Zealand6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Looked this, but make sure you go early, I got a taxi from my hotel right to the entrance, arriving around 7.00 am, there was already a que for tickets to park (you will need to show your passport). Walk through into park then go to ticket office inside park for ticket to temple (again show your passport). It is amazing, loved it all, make sure you go to the house of the 500 Buddha's.

By the time I left around 10.30 there were huge crowds outside, so am very pleased I went early.
Written 4 May 2024
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QW Teo
Singapore, Singapore119 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
There were many temples within the vicinity which were spaced out sparsely thus plenty of walking and climbing involved. Take note that you need to purchase 2 separate tickets to access the Lingyin temple, one at the entrance of the main premise and another right before lingyin temple entrance.
Written 9 January 2024
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ClaireLouise
Derbyshire, UK327 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Set of temples located in the lingyin area. Coast 45Cny entrance to the park area and 30 for the temples.
Lots of steps although 100% worth the climb.
Beautiful temples not to be missed
Written 28 October 2023
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reza s
15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
There was a big and beautiful temple. With a lot of big and small statues like buda, Pagoda and gods. Stone written were on the rocks.
Written 24 September 2023
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Martin A
Suzhou, China3,120 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
This famous temple compound combines Taoism, Zen, Buddhism, and the ancient religions of China, starting with caves and limestone carvings, by the entrance, all very famous, and then there is a series of temples, one bigger than the other, as you walk up 500 stairs, with other temples to the sides. The top temple has the biggest Buddha, about 80 feet high. Another building, shaped like a Buddhist swastika, is the home to 500 larger than life-size ararats, each weighing a ton, made of copper, and very impressive individually and all together. Great snacks on the entranceway. A restaurant and souvenir area by the ticket place with good food and serious souvenirs. There's a well-organized bus terminal by the restaurants with tunnels connecting to busses. Thousands of Chinese people visit this place, plus a few foreigners. The lush forest has ancient trees and lots of bamboo. Down below, there's the famous West Lake and the beautiful, modernized, city of Hangzhou. It was once the biggest city in the world. Now it's just the best city in the world!
Written 18 February 2023
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Ailton007
Seattle, WA1,172 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Busy and hot during Golden Week but worth it. As much as I liked the temple (have seen plenty by now in China), the stone buddha carvings outside the inner temple area were even more impressive and I also went beyond Lingyin temple to see the tea houses and monastery. It's quite a big area to cover, but easy to get to by Didi / taxi and foreigners had to go directly to gate and pay there rather than at the ticket booth. I went in the morning and went to Longjing tea plantation in the afternoon, made for a great day. Calculate with 3 hours here.
Written 13 November 2022
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Zarza's Travels
Auckland, New Zealand1,000 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021 • Solo
A beautiful grand construction with a variety of different buildings set back up various sets of stairs. Each building contains what can only be described as breathtakingly enormous statues of various Chinese deities, so grand in scale and design. They ask you not to take photos inside the buildings and I think that is a great idea. Can get very busy, but I believe the hustle and bustle is part of the beauty, as people pray, share food and talk everywhere! Even if you are not religious or spiritual this is a fantastic place to visit, almost makes you feel as if you are part of something grander! Remember to keep looking up, the beauty of the roof for example is something not to be missed, whilst focusing on everything at eye level too. Lots of steps, but keep climbing up - it is worth it!
Written 5 March 2021
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Joel K
Vancouver, Canada3,720 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Multiple temples located in the vicinity of the northwest side of the West Lake. Also known as the Yunlin Temple, first built in 326 AD. There are over 300+ statues in the complex. There is the Temple Of Heavenly Kings, Guard of the Temples, Big Long Precious Hall, Hall of Medicine, Hall of the Crazy Monk, and many more. Well worth the visit.
Written 11 March 2020
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Eva Simonyi
Budapest, Hungary97 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Lingyin Temple is one of the oldest Buddhist temples in China. It is beautiful, and the park is also breathtaking. We climbed a lot of stairs, but it was totally worth it. It contains multiple temples, pagodas, and small fountains.
Written 15 January 2020
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Dickson90
Singapore, Singapore322 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Lingyin Temple is one of the oldest and wealthiest Buddhist temples in Mainland China, and, along with the West Lake, should not be missed when coming to Hangzhou. As the Hangzhou Metro does not cover many of the main attractions in Hangzhou, including this one, it is probably advised to take a taxi there straight, as the buses there may not be familiar or easy to use for tourists.

To get in there however, one has to first pay a ticket to enter the Fei Lai Feng Park, which in itself is a separate attraction worth visiting too, with all its centuries old stone sculptures and statues on the natural formations in the park. It will take a fair bit of walking before getting to Lingyin Temple itself.

Once you reach Lingyin Temple itself, you will have to pay a separate ticket to enter the temple at its ticket office. The ticket price itself includes a joss stick to make your prayers at the temple grounds itself if you so desire. The temple itself is quite big, and there are a lot of stairs to climb so do be prepared for some walking to get all the way to the end and back.

Do take the time to see the giant Buddhist statues and observe worshippers burning incense and making prayers on the temple itself. Sometimes you may be lucky to even see monks at work chanting Buddhist prayers and chantras for well wishers. The vast history of this temple is well worth a read before visiting this temple. Probably at least an hour would be needed to properly see the temple in full.
Written 11 January 2020
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