Jiming Temple

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Jiming Temple

The Jiming Temple (Chinese: 鸡鸣寺) is a renowned Buddhist temple in Nanjing, Jiangsu, China. One of the oldest temples in Nanjing,[1] it is located in the Xuanwu District near Xuanwu Lake.[2]


The temple, which literally means "rooster crowing" was first constructed in 557 during the Liang Dynasty and has been destroyed and reconstructed many times. The existing temple was constructed during the Ming Dynasty[3] during the reign of Emperor Hongwu in 1387.[4]


Within the temple are Guanyin Hall (观音殿), Huomeng Building (豁蒙楼), and the Medicine Buddha Pagoda (Chinese: 药师佛塔). The Rouge Well (胭脂井), got its name from a legend that the emperor of the Southern Tang Dynasty and his concubine hid themselves in the well to escape enemy pursuit. The stains of rouge were left on the well: hence the name of Rouge Well.[citation needed]

The seven-story pagoda overlooks Xuanwu Lake. There is an entrance to the Nanjing City Wall from the rear of the temple.[2] Behind the temple there remains a section of palace wall called Taicheng.[citation needed]

It is the busiest temple in Nanjing, particularly during the Lunar New Year.[3]


  1. ^ 寺院介绍 (Jiming Temple). (Chinese and English.) Jimingsi.net. Retrieved May 15, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Lonely Planet. Lonely Planet Jiangsu: Chapter from China Travel Guide. Lonely Planet; 1 June 2012. ISBN 978-1-74321-274-5. PT14.
  3. ^ a b Chung Wah Chow; David Eimer; Carolyn B. Heller. China. Lonely Planet; 2009. ISBN 978-1-74220-325-6. p. 283.
  4. ^ Nanjing Scenic Spots. Meet China.[dead link]

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Coordinates: 32°03′47″N 118°47′24″E / 32.06306°N 118.79000°E / 32.06306; 118.79000