Jade Buddha Temple Shanghai
Jade Buddha Temple Shanghai is ituated in the northwest of Shanghai City, Putuo district, near the intersection of Anyuan Lu and Jiangning Lu. It is chinese name is Yu fo Si
Jade Buddha Temple Shanghai is one of Shanghai’s few Buddhist temples with a history of more than 100 years. Though an active Buddhist monastery today (devoted to the Chan or Zen sect, which originated in China), it attracting large numbers of visitors, both local and overseas Chinese tourists.
Jade Buddha Temple was built between 1911 and
1918, housing 70 resident monks. Its exterior is easily identifiable
by its bright saffron walls. Inside, the centerpiece is a two-meter-high
white jade sitting Buddha encrusted with jewels. It is said the
statue weighs 1,000kg. The sitting Buddha was installed in the temple
when it was brought by monks from Burma to Zhejiang Province in
1882. A smaller reclining Buddha lies on a redwood bed.
As one of most precious relics in the Temple, the seated jade statue, 1.9 meters high and carved out of a single piece of jade stone has the image of a solemn Buddha and is reputed as a gem of Buddhist art works. Housed in the middle of the Pavilion of Jade Buddha, the seated statue of Buddha is decorated with dazzling Buddhist lights and gold girdles. Enshrined in the main room of the Hall of Reclining Buddha, the reclining statue of white jade, 0.96 meter long and lying on his side on a mahogany couch, is the image of Sakyamuni in nirvana with a serene and self-possessed expression. Here the air is heavy with smoke of burning incense all the year round and the sound of scripture-chanting never comes to an end
What the busloads come for are the temple's two gorgeous white jade Buddhas, each carved from an individual slab of Burmese jade and brought to Shanghai in 1881 by the monk Huigeng, who was on his way back from Burma to his hometown on nearby Putuo Shan (Putuo Island). A temple was built in 1882 to house the statues, but was destroyed in a fire and rebuilt at the present site in 1918 with swirling eaves characteristic of the Song Dynasty architectural style. Northeast of the main Daxiong Bao Dian (Treasure Hall of the Great Hero), which contains golden images of the Buddhas of the past, present, and future, the Cangjing Lou houses the first of the two treasures: a lustrous, beatific, seated Buddha weighing 205 kilograms (455 lb.), measuring 1.9m (6 ft. 5 in.), and adorned with jewels and stones. The other Buddha is found northwest of the main hall in the Wofo Si, where a less impressive but still beautiful 1m-long (3 ft. 4 in.) sleeping Buddha reclines, his peaceful expression signaling his impending entry into nirvana. Opposite it is a much larger, coarser replica donated by the Singapore Buddhist Friendship Association in 1988.
In the temple, photography is forbidden. The temple closes for lunch between noon and 1 pm, and is open daily except on special occasions, such as the Lunar New Year.
Addresss: Anyuan Lu 170, west of Jiangning Lu, 6 long blocks north of Beijing Xi Lu, Putuo District,
Admission Fee: RMB 20
Opening Hours: 08:00 to 16:30
Recommending Time for a Visit: 1.5 hours
No.13, 19, 24, 36, 54, 63, 68, 76, 105, 106, 112, 113, 138, 206, 223, 506, 516, 550, 563, 738, 768, 830, 837, 866, 922 buses will take you there.
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