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Address: Yuantong Jie, Kunming, China
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Nice Escape

A relatively underrated, but well-maintained Buddhist temple, with a beautiful and tranquil layout. If you go at the right time you might even be able to get a vegetarian meal... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
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Portland, Oregon
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Shanghai, China
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109 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This downtown temple is more convenient than most of the sights in Kunming, but there are a lot of beggars and hustlers outside of the place so be on your guard. Nice grounds and quite peaceful. It is very close to the Green Lake.

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Thank Gary M
Houthalen, Belgium
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70 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

The temple is not too touristic, which made it a lot more interesting to see. No waiting and even very quiet everywhere. The temple was very nice to see. The turtles and frogs are amazing to see. Time : You can spend anything between 1 to 2 hours there

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Thank Johan B
New York
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28 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015

This is the 2nd time I've visited Yuantong Temple. Last time, I went by mistake, as renovation just got started. This time, it's at least 70% done, except for the rear temple. What a glorious sight, as the reds, golds, etc. are jumping at you. I am not a buddhist; but, walking around, taking pictures of the place simply just... More 

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Thank goldlizsts
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29 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

Very close to city centre and in a bustling high street this serene temple boasts beautiful architecture. Easy to access with a small fee and lots of photo opportunities. Definitely worth a visit.

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Thank Finny1968
Beachmere, Australia
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123 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015

Loved this temple for its peace and serenity in the middle of a bustling Chinese city. It is beautifully up-kept, clean, glistening paint and a fascinating glimpse into Buddhist beliefs. Closes at 5.30pm and entrance is 6 yuan.

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Ottawa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Being very close to Cui Hu (Green Lake), the Yuantong temple is easily accessible just a short walk up the Yuantong Jie. At 5RMB and free for 60+, I would greatly recommend a visit. All the buildings seem to have been repainted recently, the area is very clean and not too many steps to reach the different buildings. There are... More 

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Chengdu, China
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

Seeing reviews and having interest in monasteries while in China. I ventured into this temple. Ticket is for 5RMB. Views are amazing, colorful façades of the temple halls take your breath away. The number of tourists is reasonable and there´s no rush even during public holidays (1-7th October), which is time when everything everywhere is full with chinese tourists. That... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

an average Chinese temple worth having a stroll if u have time provide veggie lunch (RMB5 pp) before 12pm

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Portland, Oregon
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

A relatively underrated, but well-maintained Buddhist temple, with a beautiful and tranquil layout. If you go at the right time you might even be able to get a vegetarian meal. Worth a couple of hours if you are in the neighborhood.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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54 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 via mobile

Yuantong is a large temple complex and very beautiful. It has a large central lake with a small pagoda in the middle and bridges to cross to it. The lake itself is filled with koi, turtles and frogs. Make sure to explore behind the larger buildings in the back - the complex continues up the hill. Much of this area... More 

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