Jingci Tempel - Jingci Temple

Jingci Temple, Hangzhou 2016

At the foot of the hill is the Temple of Pure Mercy, Jingci Temple, built in 954 by Qian Hongshu to host the founder of Buddhism in China, Yongming. The temple has a history of more than 1,000 years. The temple was first called ‘Huiri Yongming Temple’ and was renamed during the Song Dynasty in Jingci Temple. It is known as the ‘Four Temples of the West Lake‘ along with the Lingyin Temple, Zhaoqing Temple, and Duiyin Temple.

The Buddhist monastery Jingci was once as famous as the Lingyin Temple. The temple had a hall of 500 Arhats, the first and only in China. Many well-known Buddhist monks used to stay in the monastery. The Caodong sect, a relatively modern Buddhist sect in Japan, was built in Jingci Temple.

In its history, the temple suffered severe damage. Today, a part of the building has been repaired, including the gate of the temple with two gate generals Heng and Ha, the shrine of Sakyamuni Buddha, the backyard and the Belfry. A unique attraction of the temple is the wooden fountain. A large piece of wood floats on the surface of the water in the well.


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