Yuantong Temple

Yuantong Temple
With a history of more than 1,200 years, Yuantong Temple is one of the oldest and grandest Buddhist temples in Kunming. It was built in Tang Nan Zhao, formerly known as the "Goddess of Mercy Temple," also known as the "Curse of Jiao Taiwan," and renovated many times since then. And it is the famous monastery of Yunnan.

The Temple's construction is peculiar and backdrop of rock, with the slope and under layers of architecture and towering magnificent, and it's known as exquisite Buddhist Sculptures and the carvings on the beams and pictures on the walls. It is known as the "Temple-Pretoria Romania" in Nan Zhao, which means "Goddess of Mercy Temple," after the crash, Yuan Dade 5th years (Year 1301) as Monk circle reconstruction, renamed "Yuantong temple".

"Yuantong" is the name of Guanyin (Goddess of Mercy), which means "to understand." Door "Yuantong Shengjing Square" was built by the next Muying Ming, and constant repaired by Ming and Qing two generations.

Yuantong Temple
Unlike all other Buddhist temples, which are built on the higher place of the mountain, with many steps leading up to the Hall of Sakyamuni, one of the most important buildings in a Buddhist temple, Yuantong Temple is built at a lower place. The entrance to the temple is from above and then along a gently sloping garden path to reach the Hall of Sakyamuni, which is at the lowest point of all the temple buildings. Gigantic cypress trees and an array of flowers line the garden path to the temple.

Yuantong Temple is known as the Fane on the Water because it is surrounded by a pond filled with clear water and fish. The temple complex includes the halls of Mahayana Buddhism, Hinayana Buddhism and the Tibetan Buddhism. Of all the halls, the Yuantong Hall (the Mahayana Hall), which faces south, is the grandest and the center of the whole temple. Three Buddha statues of Sakyamuni, Amitabha and the Medicine Buddha, from the Yuan Dynasty are found in the main hall. The surrounding 500 Aghast which are carved in the walls are rare treasures noted for their perfect proportions and appearance. Two dragons are gentle curve and exquisite style on a stone pillar in the hall.

The Copper Buddha Hall in Yuantong Temple is the only Hinayana Buddhist temple in China. The temple is a combination of the construction styles of the Han and Dai nationalities. In the hall is a copper statue of Sakyamuni presented by Thai Buddhists in 1982. The statue is three and a half meters high and four tons in weight. In 1985, the Copper Buddha Hall was built and it is a good place for people to find out about the difference between Mahayana Buddhism and Hinayana Buddhism as the in-the-hall arrangements and the whole environment in the hall are different from Yuantong Hall.

Admission Fee: CNY 10
Opening Hours: 8:00-17:00 (On the first and fifteenth of each lunar month, the opening time is 5:30-17:00)