The temple was first built in 247 AD in the Wu Kingdom during the Three Kingdoms period of ancient China. Originally located beside the Suzhou Creek, it was relocated to its current site in 1216 during the Song Dynasty. The current temple was rebuilt in the Qing Dynasty but, during the Cultural Revolution, the temple was converted into a plastic factory. In 1983, it was returned to its original purpose and renovated with the Jing'An Pagoda completed in 2010.
A towering Ashoka pillar (rebuilt in the early 21st century) stands before the temple.
Three Southern-style main halls, each with its own courtyard, dating from the most recent reconstruction (1880):
Hall of Heavenly Kings
Hall of the Three Saints
Hall of Virtuous Works
The Precious Hall of the Great Hero, or main hall
To the east of the main hall is the Guanyin Hall. In the center of the hall is a statue of the goddess made out of camphor wood. Standing on a lotus-shaped base, it is 6.2 meters tall and weighs 5 metric tons
Opposite the hall is the Jade Buddha Hall, where a 3.8-meter jadeBuddha sits in the center. It is the largest sitting jade Buddha statue in the country