Guiyuan Temple

Guiyuan Temple
As one of national key Buddhism temples, it is situated in Cuiweiheng Road, west of Tortoise Hill of Hanyang District. It was built in 1658 and named upon the Buddhist hymn: "Return to original purity without other resort, there would be many ways if it is at discretion." It was originally built by a monk named Bai Guang in 1658.

The Guiyuan Temple covers an area of 46,900 square meters. There are more than 200 halls in the temple. Most of the buildings, Buddhist sutras, Buddhist Sculptures survived from the devastation of the Cultural Revolution. They are in a good state of preservation now. Among them, 500 gold arhat sculptures in the Arhat Hall is one of main features of the temple.

The Guiyuan Temple is Wuhan's most famous Buddhist temple, both in terms of religion and architecture. For several years this Temple has been considered one of the most holy Buddhist sites in central China and Buddhist followers and dignitaries including the US Secretary of State, former Singapore Prime Minister and the Cambodian King have visited the temple. They presented gifts to the temple separately. Although the temple at the site today is not the original, the renovations here have been fairly faithful. The original temple building took over six years to finish; consisting of a Grand hall, Guest hall, Meditation hall and Abbot's room and covering an area of 46900 square meters. Inside, the Temple houses a collection of rare sutra, a jade Buddha and 500 gilded Arhats, all of which survived the ravages of the Cultural Revolution. There is also a good vegetarian restaurant here.