Guangxiao Temple (Guangzhou)

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View of Guangxiao Temple.

Guangxiao Temple (Chinese: 光孝寺; pinyin: Guāngxiào Sì; Wade–Giles: Kuang1-hsiao4 Szu4) on Guangxiao Road is one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, China.[1]


The temple was initially built by an Indian monk during the Eastern Jin Dynasty (317–420) but the present temple, occupying an area of 31,000 square meters, dates from the Qing Dynasty (1644–1911).[citation needed] The temple has an important place in Buddhist history as Huineng of the Zen Buddhist sect was a novice monk here in the 7th century.

The Sixth Patriarch Hall in the temple was built in memory of Huineng, the sixth master of the Zen Sect of Buddhism, who is widely considered the most influential monk in the history of Chinese Buddhism. In the temple there is also a pagoda where Huineng's hair was buried: Yifa Pagoda (in Chinese: 瘞發塔).


The temple is accessible within walking distance north of Ximenkou Station of Guangzhou Metro.


Mahavira Palace 
Yifa Pagoda 
Yifa Pagoda 
West Iron Pagoda 
West Iron Pagoda 

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Coordinates: 23°07′56″N 113°15′04″E / 23.1321°N 113.251°E / 23.1321; 113.251