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Famen Temple (Fǎmén Sì)

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Published 02/08/2016

Fodor's Review

Originally built in the 3rd century AD, the temple was the site of an amazing find during renovations in 1981. A sacred crypt housing four of Sakyamani Buddha's finger bones was discovered to hold more than 25,000 coins and 1,000 sacrificial objects of jade, gold, and silver. Many of these objects are now on display in the on-site museum. The temple is in Famen, 125 km (80 miles) west of Xian.

Sight Information


Famen, Shaanxi, 722201, China




Sight Details:

  • Y120
  • Mar.–Oct., 8–5:30; Nov.–Feb., 8:30–5

Published 02/08/2016


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