Temple of the Six Banyan Trees

sights / Religious

Temple of the Six Banyan Trees information

Guǎngzhōu , China
Street 87 Liurong Lu
+86 20 8339 2843
Getting there
bus 56
admission ¥5, pagoda ¥10
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This Buddhist temple was built in AD 537 to enshrine Buddhist relics brought over from India. They were placed in the octagonal Decorated Pagoda (Huā Tǎ). The temple was given its current name by the exiled poet Su Dongpo in 1099, who waxed lyrical over the banyans in the courtyard. The trees are long gone but you can see the characters (liùróng) he wrote above the temple gates.