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Shaolin Temple

Address: Songshan Mountain, Dengfeng 450000, China
Phone Number: 0371-65582651
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Ranked #2 of 25 Attractions in Dengfeng
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: This is a famous martial arts monastery, the birthplace of both kung fu and Zen Buddhism.
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Type: Religious Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 6:30 pm
Owner description: This is a famous martial arts monastery, the birthplace of both kung fu and Zen Buddhism.

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Forster, Australia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

We had little idea about the significance of the Shaolin Temple in the beautiful Song Mountain Region before our visit with a small tour group. We were entertained by the Kung Fu show even though it was rather commercialised. I was impressed with a young performer who pierced a balloon with a pin through a sheet of glass. The Temple's... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

It was a great experience to visit the area - after paying the entrance fee there is more than just the Shaolin Temple to see. The temple itself is great, and very historic - although quite touristy with a lot of people. If you are adventurous and don't mind a bit of stair climbing then I would recommend visiting the... More 

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George Town, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

We were happy as Shaolin Temple was included in our tour itinerary as one of the must-see attractions in China. Shaolin Temple, a UNESCO's World Cultural & Natural Heritage site, is the birthplace of Chinese Zen Buddhism and Shaolin Martial Arts. It is situated in the Song Mountain region, Dengfeng City. The Kungfu performance was entertaining & fun to watch... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

The Shaolin temple has been opened to visitors in a beautiful yet discreet manner. It is easy to find, has well thought through travel assistance including buses and cable cars. If you want to appreciate the full impact you should spend a night in one of the hotels there or in Deng Feng. This is a must for any Shaolin,... More 

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London
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

I wasn't very impressed with the temple, it is ok but the commercial attitude of the monks kind of ruins the experience. There is a kung fu show that is ok, but in the end they try to sell you stuff (again). The temple itself is pretty, but rebuilt a couple of times so looks new. The Pagoda forrest is... More 

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Tehran, Iran
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Very large area ,which deserve a short visit. A short Shaolin Kongfu Performance is also interesting. There is an important site nearby:The Forest of Dagobas: a cemetery of 246 dagobas for noted monks dating from AD 791 to 1995, with different Buddhist patterns and inscriptions carved . A peaceful place that deserve a fast walk through.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Shaolin temple has been destroyed and rebuilt many times. It was also set on fire back in 1928.Many dynasties have rebuilt it. So most of the original structures were gone, what you see will be a restoration work. Some of the wall paintings of the un-burnt segment remained there. Due to the recurrent destruction of the temple, the real monks... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Visited October 8. Not as crowded as anticipated. Must see unique kungfu performance but be aware of performance schedule on the hour for half an hour and go for a seat early! Historic groups of tombs are spectacular. If you know Chinese history, you will be even more awestruck.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

lovely temple but for me the mountain further down was the attraction that made it all worth it. Walk down the footpath past the temple and there will be 2 cable cars one going left and one going right. Get the cable car to the right and go up the road and it's about a 15min ride to the top... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Visited on a day when the weather wasn't it's best, but had a great day. Was shown around by a personal guide and informed of the history behind the temple. Met several monks and even practiced some Kungfu. There is plenty to see and do, but be prepared for a lot of walking and incur some additional costs.

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