Lingyin Temple also known as Temple of Soul’s Retreat (literal translated name)(Chinese: 灵隐寺; pinyin: Língyǐn Sì) is located at the north-west of the West Lake at Hangzhou. It is one of the oldest and most significant ancient Buddhist temple of China, it contains numerous pagodas and Buddhist grottoes and it is the most celebrated place of interest around West Lake. The temple is thriving as a destination for both pilgrims and tourists.
Lingyin Temple was founded in 328 AD during the Eastern Jin Dynasty by an Indian monk called Hui Li. In the 10th century during the Kingdom of Wuyue with Hangzhou as its capital, the temple reached its peak and boasted nine multi-storey buildings, 18 pavilions, 72 halls, and more than 1,300 dormitory rooms, inhabited by more than 3000 monks. In its 1,700-year history, it has experienced repeated destruction and renovations.
As the largest of several temples in Hangzhou’s Wulin Mountains, with its long history and charming scenery, Lingyin Temple attracts thousands of visitors and Buddhist faithful every day.
More info? Take a look on the official website: http://www.lingyinsi.org/
How to get there?
From Hangzhou Railway (main) Train Station :
By bus: take the Y2 City Bus line to Ling Yin stop (about 12 stops), or the K7 bus line to Ling Yin Stop (about 15 stops).
From Hangzhou (XiaoShan) Airport
There is a Shuttle Coach from the airport to Hangzhou Railway Station that leaves approximately every 30-40 minutes. From the train station there are public buses and taxis available.
Fei Lai Feng Scenic Area 45rmb, Ling Yin Temple entry 30rmb, total 75rmb
Hours open to visitors: 7am-6pm daily
Want more info? Do not hesitate to contact us!
Phone: 400-636-0171/ (86-21)-6247-6388
Address: 21F, 319 Changde Road (corner of West Beijing Road)
Closest metro: Line 2/7 Jing’an Temple, Exit 3/10,
A 5 min walk away
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