Welcome to Jade Buddha Monastery
The Jade Buddha Temple is a good place to go whether you are a Buddhist or not, the peaceful and transcendent atmosphere adds a kind of richness to the busy modern society. In the western part of Shanghai, a very modern and flourishing metropolis, the monastery still keeps it venerable and famous and is regarded as the Pure Land among the metropolis. Although its history is not very long, it has attracted numerous visitors, both local and oversea Chinese tourists and foreigners from all over the world. The most impressive thing deserved to see may be its old-time and classical architectural style which makes the monastery unique and inimitable in this modern city. Moreover, the two precious jade Buddhist statues it houses are not only rare cultural relics but also porcelain artworks. Both statues are of great artistic value and are regarded as treasures of Buddhism in China.
When approach the solemn and peaceful monastery, visitors will not hesitate to admire the fantastic sculptures. The sculpture of Buddha is carved with exquisite skills; the texture of the jade is delicate, smooth and transparent. The lines are elegant and smooth, all in appropriate and harmonious proportion. His body leans slight forward and gives worshippers an amiable feeling. The whole sculpture looks serene, quiet, gentle and graceful. A worshipper before him will have a sense of sudden full enlightenment and transcendence of the petty and vulgar.
Located at Anyuan Road, Jade Buddha Monastery covers a total area of 8400 square meters. It nearly embraces all the inestimable culture relics, including Sutra texts, stone-caved statuettes, painted portraits of Buddha, a meticulously carved screen, a sculpture carved with figures from Buddhist story, etc. All these precious articles and cultural relics of Buddhism are rarely seen today.
History and Culture
In 1882, an old monastery was built to keep two jade Buddha statues which had been brought from Burma by a monk named Huigen. The monastery was destroyed during the revolution that overthrew the Qing Dynasty. Fortunately the jade Buddha statues were saved and a new monastery was built on the present site in 1928. It was named the Jade Buddha Monastery.
During the rule of emperor Guang Xu in the Qing Dynasty (1875-1908), Hui Gen, an abbot from Mount Putuo went on a pilgrimage to Tibet via the two famous Chinese mountains Mount Wutai and Mount Emei. After Tibet, he arrived in Burma. Whilst there, Mr. Chen Jun-Pu, an overseas Chinese resident in Burma, donated five Jade statues of Buddha to Hui Gen, who transported two of them back to Jiang-wan, Shanghai. Here Hui Gen had a temple built with donated funds, and died shortly thereafter. This temple was occupied during the 1911 uprising, and the statues were moved to Maigen Road. This temple may be regarded as the precursor of the Jade Buddha Monastery.
Admission fee: RMB15/person
Opening hours: 8:30 am-17:00 pm
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