We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Shaolin Temple

Certificate of Excellence
Improve this listing
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Songshan Mountain, Dengfeng 450000, China
Phone Number: 0371-65582651
Website
Today
7:00 am - 6:30 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 6:30 pm
Description: This is a famous martial arts monastery, the birthplace of both kung fu...
This is a famous martial arts monastery, the birthplace of both kung fu and Zen Buddhism.
read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 398 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 132
    Excellent
  • 148
    Very good
  • 87
    Average
  • 22
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
The KungFu presentations worth the visit

4* is the average of my views: From Luoyang it took us 90 minutes to reach the temple. The overall so called Shaolin Temple has three major attractions: 1 - Shaolin Temple, that... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
arthur523
,
Beijing, China
Add Photo Write a Review

398 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Indonesian first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Slovak first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Thai first
  • Any
English first
Beijing, China
Top Contributor
162 reviews 162 reviews
79 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

4* is the average of my views: From Luoyang it took us 90 minutes to reach the temple. The overall so called Shaolin Temple has three major attractions: 1 - Shaolin Temple, that in my point of view, it is not more attractive than many other temples in China 3* 2 - pagoda forest that is a cemetery 3 -... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Salisbury, United Kingdom
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

i went a few years ago and it looks like a lot of development has happened.the display was very staged,however we did see the real thing in the monks village just next to the temple.

Was this review helpful? Yes
KL
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

I attended Malingshan Shaolin Kungfu Academy and my sifu brought us to Shaolin for a 4 days visit. We took a train to Xi'an and then went to Shaolin Temple by bus.We stayed at a motel nearby which was very decent. As much as it is very commercialised now,it is still a must visit and memorable experience to all martial... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
St. Petersburg, Russia
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

Maybe for great kung fu lovers it's exciting, but I didn't find anything special about this place. The landscape is mediocre (every Chinese geopark with mountains, rivers and waterfalls is much more beautiful). And above all there is huge crowd everywhere. The area consists of different spots. When you come, first of all check the time of kung fu show... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Xi'an, China
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
19 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

It was a nice and peaceful day away from the hustle and bustle and pollution of Xi'an. Kids were very entertained by the Kung Fu show, and the pagoda forest was really cool! At sunset the colours are lovely. we went to the Longmen Grottoes first then to the shaolin temple in one day, a huge day but yes its... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), India
Contributor
18 reviews 18 reviews
18 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Too commercialised now I have been three times.Now you can find real Shaolin soul in mountains,so walk to Three emperors,Songshan pagoda,meet real monk in mountains.The area is very large and you need may be 3days to spent here.I have spent here 2months

Was this review helpful? Yes 4
Hong Kong, China
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
36 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Wonderful architecture and history! When we stayed we were lucky enough to be invited by a monk for kung fu lessons. Receiving lessons, even basic ones, in that temple under the guidance of a monk was incredible! We also got to see some of the other groups that come to study full time. Truly a wonderful place! The area around... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Forster, Australia
Top Contributor
107 reviews 107 reviews
44 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
George Town, Malaysia
Top Contributor
152 reviews 152 reviews
106 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Shaolin Temple also viewed

 

Been to Shaolin Temple? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Shaolin Temple and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Shaolin Temple staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?