Guangxiao Temple

Guangxiao Temple is a temple with a long history, profound influence and size in Guangzhou. The architectural structure of Guangxiao Temple is meticulous and rigorous. The temple is majestic and symbolizes the essence of Chinese Zen culture. The Daxiong Hall, which was built in the Eastern Jin Dynasty, is its main building. The three large Buddha statues built in the Daxiong Hall with Sakyamuni in the middle and to the left and right are Manjushri and Samantabhadra. The three Buddha statues are collectively called “Huayan Sansheng”.

The left and right temples respectively tribute to the Tibetan king Bodhisattva and Guan Gong. It has the characteristics of Guangdong Buddhist circles. In addition, there is a partial hall on the west side of the Daxiong Hall, which is dedicated to the pilgrimage of Sakyamuni Buddha. It is said that when Sakyamuni is seriously ill, this position is maintained, the right hand is headed, the eyes are slightly closed, and finally Nirvana.

There is a linden tree outside the temple. According to legend, the six ancestors of Buddhism, Huineng, have been shaved here. Huineng is the sixth ancestor of Zen. Once together with Confucius and Laozi, it was called the “three saints of the East” who represented the philosophers of thought. The Scriptures are circulated to the world and are one of the most important Buddhist monks in Chinese history. If you stand under this Bodhi tree and stare at the Guangxiao Temple in the shadow of the tree, your quiet and simple image may make you feel the Zen world.




  • CN Name: 光孝寺
  • EN Address: No. 109, Guangxiao Road, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou
  • CN Address: 广州市越秀区光孝路109号
  • Nearby Hotel Pick: Insail Hotels Guangzhou XiMenKou
  • Getting There: Take metro line 1 to Ximenkou Station and walk a few minutes
  • Open Hours: 6:00-17:00

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