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Famen Temple (Famen Si)

Famen Zhen, Fufeng County 722200, China
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Museums, Religious Sites
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Long Beach, California
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119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

I think building this complex was unnecessary. The real significance of this area is the old complex but access is only thru the high priced new complex. In the old couplex is where you will see the boxes that held budha's finger bones and many ancient relics.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

For a tourist, who does not come to worship, I think this place is not worth visiting. It's an enormous modern complex, gaudy and over-the-top, main temple looks almost like a spaceship --it's not historic at all, and although some of the grounds can be pretty, overall it feels very much like visiting Disney world. There is even a "train"... More

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Chicago, IL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

Get ready to be astonished at the over-sized pink lotus blossoms spouting hot steam, "antique-look" trains, giant gilded statues, fake rock speakers, line the way to the new temple where Buddha's finger bone is enshrined. The new temple, as opposed to the old one, is open on the first and 15th of the lunar calendar. It is approached by walking... More

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Baoji, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

Tranquility, Temple, garden, Pavement, Buddhist university and the Music. This place is little away from both Xian & Baoji, yet a great place to see for all (foreigners & Chinese). Temple is massive which takes the shape of folded hands (usually done by we Hindus in India during our prayer). The world university for Budhism is located with the complex,... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

Namaste Dagoba/Famen Temple This is a huge site for Buddhist worship!!! It's so big, I wonder how many people actually come here. From the entrance to the newly built Namaste Dagoba is a long walk. The walkway leading to the Dagoba has about 10 different giant Buddhas on the side. Each of the Buddhas have a place for people to... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013 via mobile

when i say its huge, its scarily huge. when you first enter you thought it doesn't look far enough; you start walking and ignoring all those buggies driving passed you thinking all those people on the buggies are wasting their time. its true they are not absorbing in as much as those on foot but if you don't have the... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

To visit Famen Si , most probably on a day tour from Xi'an ..(which is what I did).. Is to experience two worlds.The massive newly built complex is overwhelming in its scale and so can be a shock for pilgrims going there to see the original and remaining temple which for countless years has housed a sacred relic.. The fingerbone... More

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San Francisco, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

An enormous complex has been built next to the historical temple, and it took nearly 40 minutes to walk end-to-end from the parking lot to the new temple alone (you can pay extra for a tram ride). The overall experience was frustrating as the historical areas were poorly marked and overwhelmed by the huge new complex. The historical artifacts were... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

If you go to the Famen Temple, don´t waste your time at the new temple, but try to take in the old temple, the pagoda under which the relics were found and the museum in which they are displayed! Try to read up a bit ahead of going there, or bring along a knowledgeable guide.

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Helsinki, Finland
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60 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2011

The Disney World of Buddhism is right. The place was enormous with grand entrance and giant statue. The people that operate the place somehow figure out ways to make more money. It seemed like there are charges in turns and corners. I know its a beautiful religion but the people that operates it made it into a theme park. It... More

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