Nanputuo Temple

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No.515 Siming South Road, Xiamen, China

Nanputuo Temple Xiamen Reviews

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A Grand Temple with Nice Views May 15, 2012
As my recent trip to xiamen was on a mission to pray to my ancestors that has their ashes placed in Nanputuo Temple Xiamen. The Temple itself is consider one of the biggest I have visited in my life. The view of high hills were magnificent.

Nanputuo Temple has a very long history. The tour guide explained that it is built in the

It was first built during the Tang Dynasty and was later rebuilt into a Buddhist Temple and named it Nanputuo Temple in the Qing Dynasty. The Tour guide explained that 18 Luo Han initially was base on 16 and it was 8 on each side, however it was changed to 9 on each side for the purpose of keeping the numbers odd. The tour guide also explained that the Luo Hans in the temple were build not as skinny as the ones we usually see is because in the Qing Dynasty, people who are well are very fat so the "normal size" we saw is actually already a state where they are not really well fed.

Also we have learnt that different temple has different god statue at the main door, different holding of sword in the statue hand signifies if monks from outside are welcome to stay over in the temple. Some temple does not have sufficient food for outside monks and some allow them to stay around 3-4 days.

The temple itself consist of 4 parts. However a few parts were under construction and we were unable to visit it. The main god of the temple is Guan Yin.

Located near the entrance of the temple is a big pond filled with lotus. Magnificent view from the entrance of the temple.

Also there is a popular vegetarian food. The vegetarian food was not the regular vegetarian food but one that is nice and well presented. It is some kind of vegetarian feast. Around 10 course meal cost around 1000RMB per table. It is kinda expensive considering it is vegetarian. However the place still attracts tourist and locals to exchange a fulfilling meal with some spare cash.
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