Less than 2 kilometers from Huayan Monastery in the old town of Datong, Shanhua Monastery, which has passed through several dynasties, is the defined symbol of the reign of the Tang Dynasty (618-907). However, it has undergone many successive modifications compared to its initial construction.
Shanhua Monastery is renowned for its architecture and the serenity that emanates from the place. Covering an area of over 14, 000 square meters, it houses three halls from the Liao period (907 – 1125) and two reconstructed pavilions which remain very interesting to visit, such as the Mahâvîra Hall. The largest main hall of this temple is dedicated to five Tathagata Buddha statues covered with gold, named Wu Fang Fo, which are original statues of the Jin Dynasty (1115 – 1234). It also has Liao Dynasty architecture that was undamaged during the warring years.
A visit to Shanhua Monastery and Huayan Monastery could combine perfectly with the historic Datong city center.
Chinese Name: 善化寺
Location: No.6 Nansi Street, Xi’an of Datong, Datong City, Shanxi Province
High season (01/04-31/10): 8h30 -18h00
Low season (01/11-31/03): 8h30-17h30
Recommended visit duration: 1-1.5 hours
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