Baoguang Temple in Chengdu
Attractions Overview: One of the top four Buddhist temples in west China
Attraction Type: Temple, Cultural
Chinese Name: 成都宝光寺
English Name: Baoguang Temple in Chengdu
Best Time to Visit: All Year Round
Recommended Visiting Time: 2 Hours
Open Hours: 09:00-17:00
Admission Fee: 30 RMB / Person
Address in English: No. 80, Baoguang Avenue, Xindu District, Chengdu
Address in Chinese: 成都市新都区宝光大道中段80号
Why is Baoguang Temple So Special?
Baoguang Temple is a tranquil Buddhist temple with splendid structures. Surrounded by verdant trees, it comprises a stupa, five halls, and sixteen courtyards, which are arranged in a symmetrical way. Storing about 500 statues of arhat and 13 Sarira, Baoguang Temple is the treasure of Buddhism. It was built in Eastern Han Dynasty and named “Baoguang Temple” in Tang Dynasty.
Where is Baoguang Temple?
How to Get to Baoguang Temple?
Travel with China Dragon Tours (top recommended)
If you want to get rid of hustle of transportation and troublesome navigation, you can book a private tour package which covers visiting, dining and transfer from us. Our local tour guide and driver will escort you to Baoguang Temple with speed and convenience, and take care of all the details. You just need to focus on travel.
For independent travelers you can
By Bus: take bus 651 and get off at Baoguangsi (Baoguang Temple) Station.
Main Attractions in Baoguang Temple
Arhat Hall, located to the east of the central axis, is one of the four famous arhat halls in China. Another three are in Beijing Biyun Tempe, Suzhou West Garden Temple and Wuhan Guiyuan Temple. The hall houses 577 sculptures. 500 are arhats and the rest are Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Each statue in Arhat Hall has a unique posture and expression.
Seven Buddha Hall
Two stone foundations caved with dragons, the only remaining part from period of Xizong Emperor in Baoguang Temple, are under the pillar before this hall. Inside here, you can appreciate seven solemn and magnificent statues of tathagata of 4.4 and 3.1 meters high respectively.
The temple’s pagoda is the only part of the temple that still dates from the Tang dynasty. It was built between 862-888. It is square, has thirteen floors, and is 30 meters tall. The inside of the pagoda is solid, and one can not go inside. The first floor of the pagoda is quite tall compared to the upper floors. The upper floors all feature upturned eaves, with copper bells hanging from them. The top of the pagoda is gold-plated, and each of the four sides of every floor has an image of the Buddha inlaid in gold.
Useful Travel Tips
- Remember do not to touch the monks.
- Before taking a photo, you should ask for permission.
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