Baoguo Temple in Ningbo

 History of Baoguo Temple

Baoguo Temple is a Mahayana Buddhist temple seated on the mountainside of Lingshan Mountain, about 15 kilometers away from downtown Ningbo City. It is noted as the oldest wooden structure in existence in southern China.

In 845 CE, Lingshan Temple was destroyed. When Xizong Emperor of Tang Dynasty went into reign, there were several peasant revolts and droughts. A monk named Kegong left for Changan to ask for rebuilding the temple. In 880 CE, during the Tang Dynasty, Emperor Xizong renamed it to Baoguo Temple, meaning to protect the country. The main hall was rebuilt in 1013 CE, during the Northern Song dynasty.

Baoguo Temple

Along the central axis are the Mahavira Hall, the Kwanyin Hall, the Devaraja Hall and the Scripture Repository. Around the Grand Hall are scattered the Bell Tower, the Drum Tower and the Guest House, and so forth. The Grand Hall is the main construction of the temple. Built in the Song Dynasty, it is one of the oldest and the best-preserved example of wooden architecture south of the Yangtze River.

How to get to Baoguo Temple

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  • Take bus No.332 and 338, and get off at Baoguo Temple

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