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Huayan Temple of Datong

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Address: Daxi Street, Urban Area, Datong 037004, China
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Datong Guided Day Trip: Yungang Grottoes, Huayan Temple, and Nine Dragon Screen
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A Great example of Chinese Temples

Probably worth doing this with a guide as the signs at this location don't explain the significance of the buildings and what the temples represent. This was worth a visit. Not... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 22 October 2013
Cairns, Australia
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Cairns, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2013

Probably worth doing this with a guide as the signs at this location don't explain the significance of the buildings and what the temples represent. This was worth a visit. Not so busy with tourists, and more enjoyable than most temples to stroll around. Great photo opportunities.

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Columbia, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2013

This place had many beautiful temples. I recommend going around with a tour guide, tour book or someone who knows what they are looking at if you are unfamiliar with the history. It was much more interesting hearing about the details in each temples - which statues were famous, how they have restored elements over time, the controversial statues, ancient... More 

2 Thank Mccloudnay
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2013

Perhaps shouldn't have been surprised, but thought the works here were outstanding, interesting and beautiful. Overwhelming wood sculpture, murals and, of course, Buddhas

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2013

This temple is exceptionally good. It is huge and has been well-restored with spectacular artwork and statues. The buildings look almost Japanese in style, rather than Chinese and the whole complex is a marvel. The view from the pagoda is great and the best part is main hall with its ancient relics. The most amazing thing is that due to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2012

This is a pretty standard temple complex, with statues and many buildings. What pushed this above average for me was the underground copper or brass room under one of the pagodas. Visited in December when it was -10 and we were the only tourists in the entire complex. Very beautiful and large. We took many tourist free pics which is... More 

1 Thank tsqare
Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2012

It was a pleasant surprise. The complex was huge and well maintained. We had visited it in Nov so the place was not bustling with people. If you are a true believer, the statues inside were all magnificently preserved by the high almighty. Worth visiting.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2012

It was middle of winter and below zero - so kinda ideal to rug up in my best alpine ski jacket and meander around this temple which is quite large in area. Temples should never be rushed. There's many others of the type in China, so if short of time, skip it.

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2012

Had I read them, it might have discouraged me. But there was time after the day tour to the Yungang Grottoes and the Hanging Monastery, so we went to see this temple, and we were glad we did. The view from the top was fantastic, it was refreshingly uncrowded unlike the temples in Beijing which are overrun with camera-toting tourists,... More 

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San Jose, CA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2012

It was a nice temple-with a newly renovated huge complex. We enjoyed the views from top. Downstairs they had a whole floor cover with brass and brass Buddhas etc. We had to shoe covers for that..it was very clean.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2012

Entry 70Y to visit the massive temple/monastery complex, one of the biggest in China. The area around the Temple has been done up to be a fake old town. Not very nice. Temple worth a visit if youhave time: most people zip through Datong to see the Caves & the Hanging Temple. ---

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