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Lingyin Temple

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This monastery is the largest of several temples in the Wulin Mountains which also features a large number of grottos and religious rock carvings, the most famous of which is the Feilai Mountain.


Lingyin Temple is one of the ten most famous ancient Buddhist monasteries in China. In front of it is the "Peak That Flew Here" and the "Cold Spring". According to historical records, during the period of Eastern Jin dynasty (317 - 420 AD), an Indian Monk came here and built the temple called "Lingyin"(326 AD) after the name of the mountain. The Emperor Kangxi (1662 - 1723 AD) of the Qing Dynasty, when he came here in a tour of inspection gave it another name "Yunlin Buddhist Temple".


The existent temple was rebuilt during the 19th century. The Hall of Mahavira (great hero) inside the temple is 33.6 metres in height, and the statue of Sakyamuni (563 - 483 BC) in the Hall, was carved out of 24 pieces of camphor wood. In front of the Hall are two pagodas of rock which were built in 960 AD of the Song Dynasty.


Surrounding the temple are majestic peaks and sky-reaching ancient trees; it is really a tourist attraction that offers places of historic interest, cultural relics as well as agreeable natural scenery with woods, flowers, springs, etc.