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Huayan Temple of Datong

Address: Daxi Street, Urban Area, Datong 037004, China
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Ranked #3 of 51 Attractions in Datong
Certificate of Excellence 2014
4.0 of 5 stars 54 Reviews
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Tehran, Iran
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180 reviews 180 reviews
158 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

A large area in reconstructed old town , very beautiful and interesting.take most of your short visit to see wall painting and wood carving, if you had enough time try to wonder in reconstructed old town nearby.

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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

The temple is right in the middle of the city. It took us a while to find it due to the heavy construction in progress around the entire site. The whole area surrounding this site is rebuilt into some ancient town/city for tourism. Unfortunately the shops sell mostly the same stuff, simple knick knacks, snacks, toys etc. The temple is... More 

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Suzhou, China
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28 reviews 28 reviews
23 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

This temple stand in the middle of the town. For me (european) this temple is very nice but if you visit others before it will look like the same. we were lucky to assist to a celebration. Best thing in this temple is to go up the biggest tower and appreciate the view on modern China. Poor discticts qre near... More 

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Florence, Italy
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106 reviews 106 reviews
82 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

This monastery is just in the new rebuilt area of the old town. From outside it seems to be just an already seeing temple structure, instead it is really worthy to take a visit. Even if without a guide, you could not be able to understand the locations and the meaning of each building, the area is something different from... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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60 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

This is an outstanding example of Liao dynasty architecture, with a few buildings dating from 1038, although most have been reconstructed. It is interesting and instructive to visit. I did have an interesting experience there. In one of the temples, the monk handed me some incense sticks, so I went ahead and burned them. I figured I'd have to pay... More 

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Cairns, Australia
19 reviews 19 reviews
15 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

Probably worth doing this with a guide as the signs at this location don't explain the significance of the buildings and what the temples represent. This was worth a visit. Not so busy with tourists, and more enjoyable than most temples to stroll around. Great photo opportunities.

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Columbia, Maryland
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

This place had many beautiful temples. I recommend going around with a tour guide, tour book or someone who knows what they are looking at if you are unfamiliar with the history. It was much more interesting hearing about the details in each temples - which statues were famous, how they have restored elements over time, the controversial statues, ancient... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

Perhaps shouldn't have been surprised, but thought the works here were outstanding, interesting and beautiful. Overwhelming wood sculpture, murals and, of course, Buddhas

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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668 reviews 668 reviews
394 attraction reviews
297 helpful votes 297 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

This temple is exceptionally good. It is huge and has been well-restored with spectacular artwork and statues. The buildings look almost Japanese in style, rather than Chinese and the whole complex is a marvel. The view from the pagoda is great and the best part is main hall with its ancient relics. The most amazing thing is that due to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

This is a pretty standard temple complex, with statues and many buildings. What pushed this above average for me was the underground copper or brass room under one of the pagodas. Visited in December when it was -10 and we were the only tourists in the entire complex. Very beautiful and large. We took many tourist free pics which is... More 

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