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Kaiyuan Temple

Kaiyuan Temple is a famous Buddhist temple located in the heart of Quanzhou, China. Built during the Tang Dynasty, it is one of the oldest and most well-preserved temples in the city. The temple has a rich history and is a symbol of Quanzhou’s maritime culture and trade. It is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in Chinese history, religion, and culture.

  • Location: No. 176 WestStreet, Licheng District, Quanzhou, China.
  • Opening Time: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM daily.
  • Ticket Price: no entrance fee
  • Time Needed: 2-3 hours
  • Best Time to Visit: all year round
  • Suited to: Families, couples, solo travelers, and anyone interested in history, culture, and religion.
Quanzhou Kaiyuan Temple
Kaiyuan Temple

What to See and Do in Kaiyuan Temple

When exploring Kaiyuan Temple in Quanzhou, there are numerous attractions to visit and activities to enjoy.

Visit the Great Buddha’s Hall

One of the top things to do is to check out the Great Buddha’s Hall, also known as the Hall of Purple Clouds. This hall boasts 86 stone pillars and is often referred to as the Hall with A Hundred Pillars.

See the Temple’s Two Towers

Additionally, visitors should not miss the temple’s two towering structures – the Zhen Guo Tower and Ren Shou Tower. These twin towers are over 40 meters tall and are the tallest stone towers in China, with the east one named Zhen Guo Tower and the west one named Ren Shou Tower.

Admire the architecture

Take a leisurely stroll around the temple and admire the intricate carvings and decorations that showcase the unique blend of Chinese and foreign architectural styles.

Quanzhou Kaiyuan Temple
Admire the architecture of Kaiyuan Temple

Best Time to Visit Kaiyuan Temple

Quanzhou is suitable for tourism all year round, with the best travel season usually from April to November.


Attractions Nearby Kaiyuan Temple

  • Qingjing Mosque: One of the oldest mosques in China, located in the heart of Quanzhou.
  • Quanzhou Maritime Museum: A museum that displays the maritime history of Quanzhou and its role in the trade routes of the ancient world.


Getting to Kaiyuan Temple

Kaiyuan Temple is easily accessible by public transport. Visitors can take a taxi from Quanzhou Railway Station to the temple, which takes approximately 30 minutes. Alternatively, visitors can take a taxi directly from Quanzhou Jinjiang International Airport, which takes approximately 40 minutes.

You can also take bus No. 002, 006, 014, or 601 to get there.

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