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Pearl River Delta Sights

Bright Filial Piety Temple (Guāngxiào Sì)

  • 109 Guangxiao Lu Map It
  • Liwan
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Updated 05/31/2013

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Better known to locals as the Guangxiao Temple, this is the oldest and most charming Buddhist temple in Guangzhou. The gilded wooden laughing Buddha at the entrance heralds the temple's welcoming atmosphere. A huge bronze incense burner stands in the main courtyard. Beyond the main hall, noted for its ceiling of red-lacquer timbers, is another courtyard with several treasures, among them a small brick pagoda said to contain the tonsure hair of Hui-neng (the sixth patriarch

of Chan Buddhism), and a couple of iron pagodas that are the oldest of their kind in China. Above them spread the leafy branches of a myrobalan plum tree and a banyan, called Buddha's Tree because it is said Hui-neng became enlightened in its shade.

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109 Guangxiao Lu, 2 blocks north of Ximenkou subway station, Guangzhou, 510182, China

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  • Y10
  • Daily 6–5:30

Updated 05/31/2013


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