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Temple of the Six Banyan trees

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Temple of the Six Banyan trees is a historical landmark not only Guangzhou, but also of South China. Here are the world famous statues of Buddha, the most ancient on the territory of Guangdong province.

The temple was built in the year 537 and was originally called Bohjanen (temple precious shrines). However, it was rebuilt several times and changed the name. Its modern name he acquired in 1099, when the famous poet su Dong Po wrote a poem-calligraphy "Six Banyan trees". Once here, he was so fascinated by what he saw Banyan trees, which gave them two special characters. Later this became the official name of the temple, although the trees did not survive to our time.

The architecture of this place is a complex of historic buildings. First of all, this beautiful flower pagoda with a height of 57 meters, topped by a bronze column weighing over 5 tons. According to legend, lived here with monk and great teacher from India, Bodhidharma.

Inside the temple are several rooms. For example, hall Tainung with the statue of the laughing Buddha and the hall of Wayto (in Buddhist mythology is a General, returned to the Buddha stolen treasures). The main room in the temple - hall Dasun Baodian, "treasure Hall of the great hero". There are three copper Buddha statues, each weighing 10 tons, Apothecary Buddha, Buddha Shakyamuni and Buddha Amitabha, symbolizing the future, present and past. And in the hall of Maitreya Buddha seated already gilded statues of the Enlightened.

On the territory of the complex are still two separate temple. Inside the first is a statue of Huainan Patriarch of Chinese Chan Buddhism, the founder of the main schools of Chan, who lived in the 7th century BC Second temple dedicated to the goddess of mercy, Guanyin. Here you get the blessing of the foreign families who adopt Chinese children.

Many unique relics made the Temple of the Six Banyan trees, a place of pilgrimage for a large number of tourists. Especially on the eve of Chinese New year and the Festival of lights, when the complex is huge lines.