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Yuantong Temple

Address: Yuantong Jie, Kunming, China
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Ranked #12 of 147 Attractions in Kunming
4.0 of 5 stars 47 Reviews
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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358 reviews 358 reviews
247 attraction reviews
189 helpful votes 189 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

A working temple right in the middle of the city. The 6 yuan entrance fee is a small amount to pay for the peace and tranquility of the temple. A beautiful garden surrounds the temple complex and a pond filled with turtles and tortoises sits in the middle of it. Architecturally beautiful with statues and wall carvings in the main... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Spent an hour or so at the temple. A good complex and worth s visit. We walked onto Green Lake afterwards so good to combine the 2 spots.

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Shanghai, China
19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Scenic location, good for escaping the crowds and traffic of the city. A beautiful place and almost for free. During my first trip to Kunming I missed this place and went to Bamboo temple instead, which is farer away from the city center and is nothing special. I should have gone to Yuantong !

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28 reviews 28 reviews
4 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

After you pay the low 6 Yuan entry fee and step through the gate you enter a different world. All the noise of the bustling city is left behind and true peacefulness and tranquillity replaces it. There are plenty of shady spots to sit and watch the locals. The temple itself is very scenic, with waterways and bridges and a... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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51 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 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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89 reviews 89 reviews
39 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 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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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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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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29 reviews 29 reviews
18 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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