Giant Buddha Temple
The Introduction of Great Buddha Temple
Great Buddha Temple, Zhangye, is located in the southwest corner of Zhangye as a well-known Buddha worship place, has its founding in the 1st year of Yongan during the reign of Emperor Chongzong In Xixia Dynasty and strengthening maintenance for many times. The existing buildings include Big Buddha Hall, Scripture Library Tower and Earth Tower. The Great Buddha Temple is one of the most important tourist attractions and the landmark of Zhangye, it will attract a large number of tourists come to visit every year.
The area of Great Buddha Temple of Zhangye
The existing area of the Great Buddha Temple is not large, with a depth of about 200 metres and a width of about 100 metres, and if you want to visit the whole temple, you can just walk around from the west side of Big Buddha Temple Square to visit.
What to visit in Great Buddha Temple
Now the main buildings of the Buddha Temple that can visit are The Buddha Hall, the Hall of Ten Thousand Saints (now the exhibition hall of Buddhist art ), the Tibetan Sutra Hall (Sutras Exhibition Hall), the The Earth Pagoda and the Shanxi Guild to name just a few. An it will takes about 1-2 hours to visit.
The Buddha Hall
The Buddha Hall is the most important building in the temple, the hall is dominated by one of the largest indoor clay sculptures of the reclining Buddha in China, and it reclining Buddha is shaped according to the image of Buddha Sakyamunini, the Buddha is 34.5 metres long and 7.5 metres wide, which is quite large. Apart from the Great Buddha, there are also many statues of ten disciples and eighteen Arhats, as well as murals that record the travels to the West and the Classic of Mountains and Rivers, all of which are quite exquisite.
The Hall of Ten Thousand Saints (now the exhibition hall of Buddhist art )
The Hall of Ten Thousand Saints and the Hall of Tibetan Sutras are located in the central part of Great Buddha Temple. There are many Buddhist statues, grotto statues, classics and books in the hall, and they are illustrated with words and pictures. Here we can learn about the art of Buddhism and the glorious history of the Great Buddhist Temple. Among the exhibits, it have more than 6,000 volumes of Buddhist Sutras bestowed by Emperor Yingzong of Ming, many of them are written in pure gold, which is the treasure of Zhangye Great Buddha Temple.
The Earth Pagoda
The Earth Pagoda is situated on the east side of the Great Buddha Hall, it is more than 30 meters high, and the earth pagoda has two layers plus four small pagodas on each floor, the shape of the earth pagoda is exquisite. In addition, there are many Buddha statues enshrined in the temple, which are quite simple and magnificent.
The Shanxi Guild
Shanxi Guild is situated on the northeast side of the Great Buddha Temple, it is a typical northwest residential house. The ancient buildings are carved beams and painted columns, which is very simple and beautiful.
Travel tips of Zhangye Great Buddha Temple
1. In order to protect cultural relics and respect Buddhist beliefs, tourists are not allowed to take photos inside of the Buddhist temple.
2. The Wooden Pagoda in Zhangye is about 300 metres northeast of Great Buddha Temple, and tourists can walk there for sightseeing.
The Ticket Price of Great Buddha Temple, Zhangye
The Ticket Price of Great Buddha Temple: 41 RMB( 1ST January to 31st December, From Monday to Friday)
Peak Season: 7.00AM to 7.30PM( 1ST April to 31st October)
Off Season：9.00AM to 5.00PM ( 1st November to 31st March)
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