Built on top of Wuyou Mountain in the Tang (618-907) Dynasty, Wuyou Temple's original name was Zhengjue Temple originally as a peaceful monastery that would undergo further renovation and enlargement during the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) Dynasties, . The name was changed to its present form during the Northern Song (960-1127) Dynasty. Wuyou is a Zen Buddhist (Soto Zen) temple, which perhaps explains the very pleasing layout of the temple's various buildings, where high and low structures blend in serenely and harmoniously with the alternatingly high and low features of the surrounding terrain with its stony outcroppings and wooded areas.
Temples in China may start to look the same after a while, but Wuyou Temple is something different. Perched atop a hill on an island, you cross a picturesque ancient bridge after visiting the Grand Buddha. The Tang dynasty creation displays influences from Tibet and Nepal as well as China. The Hall of Arhats has finely carved strange and lifelike figures.
The temple itself does not receive so many visitors as most people see the Grand Buddha then leave. The climb up the hill also weeds out those who don™t want to make the effort, so when you get to the top the temple is serene and peaceful. A nice way to end a visit to the Grand Buddha.