Wenshu Temple

Wenshu Temple (Wenshu Monastery) is located in Wen Shu Yuan Street, the heart of the Chengdu city; there are just two subway stops from Tianfu Square. As the resident of Sichuan Buddhist Association, Wenshu Temple is National key protected monastery.

Wenshu Temple in Chengdu

The Wenshu Temple is named after Manjushri Bodhisattva, who represents great wisdom of the ancient locals. First built as Xinxiang Temple during the Sui Dynasty (581-618), it was destroyed and rebuilt in the Tang Dynasty (618-907), but redestroyed in the subsequent dynasties. In the reign of Qing dynasty Emperor Kangxi, the temple was reconstruct by a great monk, named Cidu Haiyue. It is said that when Cidu Master died and was cremated, an image of Manjushri appeared in the flames, leading people to believe Cidu was a manifestation of that bodhisattva, so the temple was renamed. Now, the Temple covers an area of 9,000㎡, has more than 190 houses.

Chengdu Wenshu Monastery

There are image of Guanyin, the Bodhisattva of Compassion, embroidered in human hair in the temple. In addition, another interesting feature of the temple is the tallest iron pagoda in China, the so-called “Peace Pagoda of a Thousand Buddha.”

The best part of Wenshu Temple for non-religious visitors is the tea house and vegetarian restaurant near the back of the temple. The tea house is a simple, comfortable little place with bamboo chairs and tables and good local green teas. The restaurant can be amazingly busy on some days and completely dead on others, but the food is very good and imaginative.


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