Also known as Temple of Souls’ Retreat; this beautiful temple is located in the long narrow valley between the Peak flown from afar (Fei Lai Feng) and the north peak in the West Lake scenic area. One of the most notable Buddhist temples in China, it is listed for protection as a key provincial historical and cultural site and is reputed as the centre for research of Chinese Buddhist culture.
The temple dates back to Eastern Jin dynasty (317-420 AD) and the temple gained importance during the Five Dynasties period (907-960 AD). It comprised of nine buildings, eighteen pavilions, seventy-seven palaces and halls with over thirteen hundred rooms providing accommodation for around three thousand monks.
The temple went through several restorations and that structure that stands today is a result of restoration done in 1974.
Attractions within the temple:
- Hall of heavenly kings
- Da Xiong Bao Dian- the hall of great hero
- Pharmaceutical Master Hall
- Great Mercy Hall
- Cool Spring Pavilion
Visit the Lingyin temple to get the glimpse of Buddhist culture, literature and history through its majestic and ancient Palaces, pavilions, halls and pagodas.
Lingyin Temple Travel Tips
- If visitors want to visit Temple of Soul's Retreat, they have to enter Peak Flown From Afar Scenic Area first and cannot avoid the admission fee for Peak Flown From Afar.
- Maintain peace and dress appropriately in the temple premises.
Entrance Ticket Details For Lingyin Temple
- The ticket for Peak Flown From Afar is CNY 45.
- Ticket counter closes at 05.30 pm.
How to Reach Lingyin Temple
- Tourism Bus No. 1 (Y1), Tourism Bus No. 2 (Y2), 7/K7, Y13, K807/K837
- Lingyin vegetarian restaurant
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59.54% of people who visit Hangzhou include Lingyin Temple in their plan
2 PM - 3 PM
45.45% of people start their Lingyin Temple visit around 2 PM - 3 PM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Lingyin Temple
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Lingyin Temple