Guan Yin Shrine

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Guan Yin Shrine information

Amsterdam , The Netherlands
Zeedijk 106-118
Getting there
Tram: 4/9/16/24/25 Dam
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Opening hours
noon-5pm Tue-Sat, 10am-5pm Sun year-round, plus noon-5pm Mon Jun-Aug
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Europe's first Chinese Imperial–style Buddhist temple (2000) is dedicated to Guan Yin, the Buddhist goddess of mercy. Make a donation, light an incense stick and ponder the thousand eyes and hands of the Bodhisattva statue. Traditional Chinese-style recitations of the Sutras (sayings of the Buddha) are held every Sunday at 10.30am and are open to the public.

The ornate 'mountain gate' – an intriguing concept in the narrow confines of the Zeedijk – refers to the traditional setting of Buddhist monasteries. The middle section set back from the street was designed along principles of feng shui.