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Sichuan and Chongqing Sights

Wenshu Monastery (Wenshu Yuan)

Updated 05/28/2013

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Named after Manjusri, the bodhisattva of transcendent wisdom, Wenshu Monastery is one of the most important Zen Buddhist monasteries in China, and has been around almost as long as the religion itself. It was originally constructed during the Sui Dynasty, around the same time of Zen Buddhism's emergence in China. The monastery and accompanying temples have since been destroyed several times, most notably during the Ming Dynasty, after which the monks are said to have continued

sitting among the ruins chanting sutras. It is notable for hundreds of antique statues crafted from a variety of materials that have survived upheavals of times past better than the actual buildings. The attractive 11-tiered Thousand Buddha Peace Pagoda is actually a rather late addition—it was built in 1988 based off an original Sui Dynasty pagoda. The on-site tea garden is a great place to relax in the afternoon.

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Sight Information

Address:

15 Wenshu Yuan Jie, off Renmin Zhong Lu, Chengdu, 610017, China

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Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Daily 8:30–6

Updated 05/28/2013

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