Wenshu Monastery

Nora Zheng
750 Words/3 Minutes, By Nora Zheng, Updated February 17, 2023

Wenshu Monastery was built in the Daye period of Sui Dynasty (605-617 years), formerly known as "Xinxiang Temple", is a famous Buddhist temple in western Sichuan. In the 20th year of Emperor Kangxi of the Qing Dynasty (1681), Zen Master Ci Du came to the ancient temple to practice asceticism and became famous for a few years. The common people think that he is Manjusri Bodhisattva in this world. Due to the admiration of the people for Zen Master Ci Du, it was renamed Wenshu Monastery.

What to see

There are more than 300 Buddha statues in Wenshu Monastery. There is an extremely precious Burmese Jade Buddha, which was invited back by the monks who walked to Burma. The skull relic of Xuanzang enshrined was brought back from Baoen Temple in Nanjing. Chengdu is the place where Master Xuanzang was ordained after he became a monk, and at the same time Master Xuanzang lived here for five years.

There are more than 500 calligraphy and paintings of ancient and modern celebrities since the Tang and Song dynasties, more than 120,000 volumes of various scriptures, as well as inscriptions, carvings, embroidery and other physical treasures since the Han Dynasty.

Covering an area of more than 200,000 square meters, Wenshu Monastery is a typical ancient building style in the Western Sichuan Plain, all built with wood. It is a Buddhist holy place that integrates the sacred relics of Zen forests, ancient gardens, worship and sightseeing, and religious studies. Visitors can also taste Sichuan's unique Gaiwan tea in the Wenshu Monastery tea room and enjoy the singing and playing of folk artists.

The Hall of Heavenly Kings is the first hall in Wenshu Monastery, built in 1706 during the reign of Emperor Kangxi of the Qing Dynasty. In the center of the hall is a statue of Maitreya Buddha. Opposite the door, there is a magnificent large screen with the three characters "Wenshu Monastery" engraved on the wall.

Wenshu Pavilion is a three-story pure wooden structure building. On the first floor is the Konglin Lecture Hall, where lectures open to the public are often held. The second floor is the Konglin Buddhist Library, which is open for borrowing, and the third floor is the Ten Thousand Buddhas Hall.

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How to get to

  • Bus: Take bus No. 42, 75, 126, 127 and get off at Daan West Road West Station; or take the overnight bus No. 16, 55, 98, 298 and get off at Wenshu Monastery Station, and walk about 320 meters
  • Railway: Take metro Line 1 and get off at Wenshu Monastery Station

Useful Info

  • Admission Ticket: Free
  • Where: No. 66 Wenshu Monastery Street, Qingyang District, Chengdu City, Sichuan Province
  • Tel: 028-86662375
  • When is it opened: 08:00-17:00; Last entry time: 16:30
  • Recommended Time: 1 to 2 hours
  • Recommended Seasons: All seasons

Recommended restaurants nearby

  • Dongzikou Zhang Lao Er Bean Jelly (Wenshu Monastery branch): Add: Dongzikou, No. 39 Wenshuyuan Street, Qingyang District, Chengdu. Tel: 028-81910576
  • Chen's Mapo Tofu (Wenshu Monastery branch): Add: No. 30, Baiyunsi Street, Qingyang District, Chengdu. Tel: 028-86935588
  • Wangji Speical Guokui (Wenshu Monastery branch): Add: No. 82, Caoshi Street, Qingyang District, Chengdu, near Wenshu Square. Tel: 15882138468
  • Yangtaipo Guokui (Wenshu Monastery branch): Add: No. 19, Section 3, Renmin Middle Road, Qingyang District, Chengdu. Tel: 15828325736

Recommended hotels nearby

  • Buddha Zen Hotel Chengdu: Add: B6-6, Wenshufang Street, Qingyang District, Chengdu. Tel: 028-86929898
  • Atour Hotel (Wenshufang Street): Add: No. 2 Zhengfu Street, Qingyang District, Chengdu. Tel: 028-87735388

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