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Yuantong Temple

Yuantong Jie, Kunming, China
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Ranked #11 of 153 Attractions in Kunming
Type: Historic Sites, Religious Sites
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Singapore, Singapore
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81 reviews 81 reviews
52 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

It is a peaceful place to visit with impressive carvings and statues. The ponds are tranquil with many frolicking tortoises. Look for the Golden Kuanyin Goddess with many arms. From wiki: Yuantong Temple is the most famous Buddhist temple in Kunming, Yunnan province, China.[1] It is located in a protected natural depression and in recent years it has been expanded,... More

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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85 reviews 85 reviews
38 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This temple is worth the small entrance fee. Probably not promoted enough in the guide books, and it wasn't part of our official tour to Kunming. However, definitely worth a trip. The temple is based around a small lake, with beautifully crafted bridges crossing the middle. With its hillside location, there are trees climbing the hill behind it, enhancing the... More

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BC
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Quite a 'normal' temple in some ways, the gentle elevation and water make it perfect. It wasn't busy and we took lots of photos. Serene and calm, the guidebooks seem to pass it over. I almost didn't go after a day of walking. Thank goodness I didn't. It was a beautiful place.

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Kunming, China
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Yuan tong Shan is conveniently located in the middle of the city. During the Spring season when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom, this place is worth a visit. But be forewarned - you would have to jostle with the locals especially if you choose to visit on weekends.

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Te Anau
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

Temples are not really our thing, and we have seen a lot over the years. As temples go this was up there with the best, and we spent a very pleasant couple of hours looking around. It is a serene and relaxing oasis in a very busy city.

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Guangzhou, China
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4 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

there's nothing much and i ended up getting out of it within 15 minutes maybe i could never understand the mentality of charging admission fee for a buddhist temple do the locals really pay for that? though it's not much

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New York City, New York
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Not far from Green Lake Park, the temple was a nice stroll and is very beautiful to view and take lovely photographs.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

If you're out and about in Kunming and fancy a little break from the traffic and such, pop in and say 'hi' to the turtles. Visiting on a Sunday, I don't speak enough Mandarin to understand why I only paid 1 Yuan to enter, but I'm not going to complain! It wasn't busy and there was plenty of opportunity to... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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42 reviews 42 reviews
16 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

A nice retreat in the city. The cherry blossoms really add to the feel. The temple is a pretty typical temple for this area. Very cheap ticket, why not go?

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Kunming, China
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188 attraction reviews
197 helpful votes 197 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

I come here every year in the spring and it just keeps getting better. Such a placid refuge from the busy, noisy city. This is a working monastery, so you will see monks and nuns going about daily activities, or chanting sutra in one of the worship halls. Your 6 Yuan admission fee (has not been raised in years) includes... More

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