Western Garden (Xi Yuan)

Western Garden
Situated west of the Lingering Garden, the West Garden is composed of the temple itself and its western garden. It has the history of more than 700 years. Around 18th century, lots of religious ceremonies held in it made the temple as famous as the Lingyin Temple and Jinchi Temple in Hangzhou. This magnificent temple is composed of over 200 buildings scattering in good order. It is the most complete and largest religious architectural group in Suzhou.Situated west of the Lingering Garden, the West Garden is composed of the temple itself and its western garden. It has the history of more than 700 years. Around 18th century, lots of religious ceremonies held in it made the temple as famous as the Lingyin Temple and Jinchi Temple in Hangzhou. This magnificent temple is composed of over 200 buildings scattering in good order. It is the most complete and largest religious architectural group in Suzhou.

Western Garden
West Garden Temple is as famous Lingyin Temple in Hangzhou. The Hall of Arhats makes the temple famous far and wide. The hall contains 48 rooms and has 500 Arhats, all of which are life-sized, gilded and vivid with their facial expressions and postures each different from the other. After Buddhism had spread into China from India, it combined with traditional Chinese culture and achieved widespread influence. The area in and around Suzhou abounds in Buddhist temples. A salient feature of these temples is that they are blended with garden buildings, so that a temple is not only a solemn establishment but there is also something elegant about it as well. A typical example of this is the Xiyuan Garden.
 
The Xiyuan Garden is laid out a shapely plan, and consists of the Jiezhuanglu Temple and a pond for freeing captive animals. It was originally built during the Yuan Dynasty and embraces such buildings as the Hall of the Four Heavenly Kings, the Mahavira Hall, and the Tripitaka Pavilion.

Opening Hours: 07:30-17:30
Admission Fee: CNY 25