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Address: Southwestern, Urban Area, Datong 037006, China
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I nice temple in Datong, uyou need to pay a ticket for entering but it worth it. I really like this place and you can go to the top of the building to see all the landscape of... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 8 September 2016
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Tigre, Argentina
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Tigre, Argentina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

I nice temple in Datong, uyou need to pay a ticket for entering but it worth it. I really like this place and you can go to the top of the building to see all the landscape of Datong, Pretty cool

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Nis, Serbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

I don't know why it is ranked so low! It is better than Huayan monastery in my opinion. This one has a great gardens, secret places to relax. Great art works of buddhas and similar and it was fairly empty - great opportunity for photos! After Lama Temple in Beijing, this one is my favorite in China! The entrance was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2016 via mobile

A highlight of Datong. An amazing example of Tang architecture. The wood carvings are top rate, especially the dozen heavenly kings. The entrance carvings are also well preserved. Don't miss this 1,000 year old or so monastery in Datong

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Thank Edward T
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2015 via mobile

This monastery near the south gate is very charming There is a 5 dragon wall and a small garden It is very quiet as there is no visitors

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Thank LaupomHK
Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2015 via mobile

The Southern Monastery as it is known is in the walled area of Datong, it provides important material for the Tang and Song architecture. It is well looked after and a joy to visit. I highly recommend it for a hour or so. If you are over 60 years of age you get free entry.

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2015

I highly recommend to someone who love Chinese Architecture! It is really great temple. I also recommend to hire a guide for brief introduction. It will highlight the visit.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2015

Very clean, nice renovation, still has monks living on the site. But only a few aspects of its history where the most interesting parts

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2015 via mobile

Overlooked by the crumbling ruins of the Great Wall, the Shanhua temple has sat in its sublime state since the pre-Jin era.The massive wooden halls which wait to be discovered at the last courtyard of the temple complex, house exquisite paint flaked wooden Buddhas and deities, whose towering majesties will forever leave an indelible imprint on any pilgrim who ventures... More 

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Tehran, Iran
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2014

I think it is a monastery like others in China,but what that make this monastery very significant is wall painting and wood carving.These painting and wood carving deserve this 5 stars.The surrounding area is reconstructed like old Datong and is very beautiful.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2013

I visit a lot of temples and this one is definitely in the top 20% of temples I have visited. It is a well-kept and sympathetically restored compound with some fantastic preserved imagery and frescoes. The temple is highly worthy of a visit and definitely worth the 60 Yuan entry fee.

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