Guangji Temple in Beijing
Chinese Name: 广济寺
English Name: Guangji Temple
Type: Temple, Chinese traditional culture & Buddhism culture
Best Time: All Year Around
Recommended Visiting Hours: 1-3 hour
Opening Hours: 07:00-16:30
Location: No.25 Fuchengmennei Street, Xicheng District, Beijing
Why is Guangji Temple so special?
The building maintains the pattern of the Ming Dynasty and is divided into three roads. Many precious cultural relics are treasured in the temple, such as the statues of the Three Kingdoms Buddha and the Eighteen Arhats of the Ming Dynasty, the white marble platform built by Kangxi, and the bronze tripod of Ganlong.
History of Guangji Temple
Guangji temple was founded in the Jin dynasty (1115~1234). during the Republic of China, the temple was burned twice and rebuilt twice. In the early days of New China, the government allocated funds to restore all the temple buildings. In 1984, it was announced as a cultural relic protection unit in Beijing. On May 25, 2006, Guangji Temple, as an ancient building in Qing Dynasty, was approved by the State Council as the sixth batch of national key cultural relics protection units.
Main Attractions of Guangji Temple
Guangji temple is dedicated to many Buddhist statues of Ming and Qing dynasties. there are also many precious Buddhist scriptures, steles and other cultural relics in the temple.
There is a bronze tripod cast in 1793 in Hall of Ceremony . It is more than 2 meters high and is placed on a carved stone base. Its body is decorated with eight Buddhist statues. Its shape is simple and elegant, and its workmanship is exquisite. It is a precious art treasure.
There is a picture hanging from the back wall of Hall of Ceremony . It was painted by Fu Wen, a famous painter, with his fingers in 1744. It is 5 meters high and 10 meters wide. In the picture, Sakyamuni was sitting on a lotus seat, explaining the scriptures to the believers, and more than 100 disciples around him listened attentively. Interestingly, among the audience were also Chinese historical figures such as Guan Yu.
The bronze Buddha statues, with tall and bright glass cabinets on both sides displaying precious gifts from visiting Buddhist circles in Nepal, India, Bangladesh, Japan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia and other regions, are dazzling and beautiful.
The Buddhist classics collected in Guangji Temple are very numerous. The library alone contains 23 languages, more than 100,000 Buddhist classics and works, and the ” Tripitaka ” alone contains 12 versions. It is an important historical material for studying the occurrence, development and evolution of Chinese Buddhism and an important part of Chinese traditional culture.
How to Get There
- By Subway
Take Subway Line 4 and get off at Xisi Station. Get out from Exit A and walk to the south for three minutes.
- By Bus
1. Take bus 3, 13, 42, or 102 and get off at Xisi Lukou Xi Station.
2. Take bus 22, 38, 88, 105, 409, or Special Line 13 and get off at Xisi Lukou Bei Station.
Prince Kung’s Mansion
Prince Gong’s palace is the most well-preserved palace complex in our country. It has gone through the historical process of the Qing Dynasty from its heyday to its decline and fall. Therefore, there is the saying “a Prince Gong’s palace, half of the history of the Qing Dynasty”.
Beihai Park, located in the center of Beijing City, is the oldest, best preserved and most culturally deposited classical royal garden in China’s existing history.