Welcome to Cradle of Chinese Buddhism--White Horse Temple
Known as the First Ancient Temple in China, White Horse Temple is covered with green ancient trees and appears solemn and tranquil. Outside the gate, there is a pool with fences around and lovely fish in the water. It is for the believers to set free the captive animals. White Horse Temple was regarded as the “originating court” and the "Cradle of Chinese Buddhism” by the Buddhism disciplines. Since its establishment, it has experienced vicissitudes of centuries. Today’s White Horse Temple is a rectangle courtyard facing south. The temple boasts great antique architecture which has remained intact for over 1900 years. Visitors can have a better knowledge of Chinese Buddhism Culture when they come to the solemn and ancient temple.
Covering an area of 40,000 square meters, a large number of tourism attractions in the temple are worth admiring, including houses of Buddhist sutras, apartments of monks, grottoes, golden Buddha, and Great Buddha Pagoda. The temple is located about seven miles away from the city of Luoyang, integrating charming and captivating landscape.
History and Culture
According to historical records, Emperor Ming of the Eastern Han Dynasty dreamed of a golden man flying above the courtyard. After he woke up, the emperor sent Cai Yin and Qin Jing as envoys to western regions to invite Buddha and learn Buddhism. The two envoys underwent much hardship and met two eminent Indian dignitaries She Moteng and Zhu Falan on the way. Cai Yin and Qin Jing came back to Luoyang City with the two monks, and a white horse carrying the sutras. Emperor Ming ordered the construction of the temple to the north of the imperial road outside the Xiyong Gate of Luoyang City. The White Horse Temple, built after the style of Indian temples, was the place for She Moteng and Zhu Falan to translate Buddhist sutras and write sermons. In order to memorize the white horse for its carrying back of the sutras, the temple was named the White Horse Temple.
As the first Buddhist temple in China, the White Horse Temple plays a significant role in the history of Chinese Buddhism and China's international cultural exchanges. After the founding of the People's Republic of China, the People's Government paid much attention to the temple and thoroughly restored it several times from 1952 to 1973. It has become an attraction to domestic and foreign tourists.
Admission fee: RMB35/person
Opening hours: 7:30 am-17:30 pm
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