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Kaiyuan Monastery

27 Xi Jie, Quanzhou, China
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Ranked #1 of 67 attractions in Quanzhou
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings, Museums
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Singapore, Singapore
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Kaiyuan Temple in Quanzhou , Fujian Province China is rated as China National 4A scenic area. According to the keeper, it has a history tracing back to 1300 years ago. This temple is huge with ancient architecture and located in a big compound lined with trees , flowers , ponds like a big park. There are 2 pagodas, called the... More

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Xilinhot, China
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26 reviews 26 reviews
24 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

I live and work in Quanzhou City, Fujian province, China. The Twin Pagodas in Quanzhou is one of the famous landmarks in the old part of the city. The gardens and temple grounds are lovely and it is really a peaceful place to visit. Definitely the 2 best and most impressive pagodas I have seen in China. The west pagoda... More

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Keller, Texas
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30 reviews 30 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

A must see, very serene and and not as crowded as I thought it would be. Small fee for entrance and the towers are marvels

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Singapore
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

It is a place for worship, so there isn't anything fancy for the average joe who is not into the same religion. I was glad that I went though, as I do enjoy visiting temples and Monastery.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

Ah, Quanzhou! You legendary city, historical endpoint of the Silk Road, populous metropolis that I know and love so well! I recall with such fondness my year spent within your winding, narrow alleys... But I digress. Are you in Quanzhou for some reason? Would you like to kill a few hours in a relatively pleasant manner? Are you on a... More

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Singapore
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63 reviews 63 reviews
27 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

This is a historical temple with pagodas that were rebuilt about 700-800 years ago. So they are quite an impressive sight. In addition, the temple itself is quite an interesting mix of culture... but you need a guide to explain it. E.g. on some of the retaining wall of the steps to the main temple, there are carvings of hindu... More

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Xiamen, China
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

I enjoyed this temple-it is not that special if you have seen a lot of Chinese temples but it has rather unusual style pagodas and the gardens are nice and relaxing.

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Shanghai, China
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

an average assembly of old buildings but it was interesting to see people praying in large groups looks like some places are still being built but the surrounding zhongshan street and other areas are nice for a stroll

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Melbourne
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

Nothing to dislike. An easy walk to get to with nice but slightly uncared-for gardens. Unfortunately, both the monastery and temples were closed for repairs.

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kuala lumpur
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128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2012

The stone pagodas are national treasures and worth seeing. For protection of the structure and safety reasons, they are not open though. In the main prayer hall, there are Buddhas with a Kuan Yin (Goddess of Mercy) behind them. The temple complex is well landscaped and has basic toilet facilities.

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