Famen Temple (Famen Si)
Famen Temple (Famen Si)
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Aaron Y
London, UK8 contributions
Feb 2014 • Friends
Having lived in India for 25 years, I wanted to travel to China one day since it’s a country where people also believe in Buddhism. I searched some Buddhist temples on the Internet and found an historic site called Far Men Si in Xi’an. According to the material, it’s renowned for storing the veritable Finger Bone of the Sakyamuni Buddha, I decided to go there!

After about 10 hours’ flight, I arrived in Xi’an. Early on the next morning, I got to Far Men Si, there were a lot of tourists coming to this holy place for a pilgrimage. The first thing came into my eyes was the splendid avenue enshrouded in Buddha’s light, which is the landscape main axis and splits the whole region into two parts. According to the guide, this temple was the royal temple during Tang Dynasty, but what really made it shock the world was the Underground Palace where the Finger Bone of the Sakyamuni Buddha was found.
That was also the purpose for my trip.

I first went to the avenues in the east where stood eight sets of Buddha sculptures. Each one shows different appearances in accordance with different ages. All of them present the tourists the whole process from Buddha’s birth to his Nirvana. I worshiped them all to show my sincerity to Buddha. At the center of the temple is a 13-tiered octagonal which is the highest position. It is said that the only real Finger Bone of the Sakyamuni Buddha in the world is treasured here. It was guarded by two monks and we could just observe from a distance, however I felt so satisfied for having seen it. The last place I visited was the Underground Palace, plenty of valuable treasure was discovered there and they were displayed in the Treasure Hall. And taking photos is forbidden, what a pity!

I have to admit that this trip was the best decision I had made, it meant a lot to a follower of Buddhism like me. lvpad.com/journal/An-Unforgettable-Pilgrimage/370
Written November 16, 2014
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g6hie
Beijing, China69 contributions
Feb 2018 • Couples
Famen Buddhist temple which was built 7 years ago at a cost of 10 billion yuan, however the old temple next door was much better; you could see some relics of the Buddha Shankyuni. However the scale and size of the new temple site is to be seen.
Written February 20, 2018
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chrisdxuk
uk51 contributions
Oct 2015
If, you are visiting Xian for the Terracotta warriors then try to get time to spend a day at this temple. The pictures shows only the modern part of the site not the original pagoda and cellar hall.

Best days to visit are at the weekend when the finger bone relic is on display otherwise all one will see are the statues of the Buddha.
Written October 23, 2015
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Hoben01
Long Beach, CA3,146 contributions
Jun 2013 • Solo
I think building this complex was unnecessary. The real significance of this area is the old complex but access is only thru the high priced new complex. In the old couplex is where you will see the boxes that held budha's finger bones and many ancient relics.
Written October 27, 2013
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Scared Lose
55 contributions
May 2019 • Family
Before 8am, we took a metro to HaiChengLu station to buy bus tickets to Famen temple. Bus ticket was CNY37.5. This time they didn’t query for our visa. Journey time was 1.5 - 2 hours. Cool day with temperature throughout at 17•C.

We paid CNY35 for vegetable meals (free helpings). The meals were simple but delicious. It was not oily like most Chinese meals in China. Our family enjoyed the meal very much.

The crowd was manageable and comfortable for us.

The entertainment act was extraordinary. They presented a story as we walked through different stage rooms. In each room, the actors appeared in front or behind or beside us. With this crowd size, we can comfortably move around to get closer to the scenes and actors, to take our pictures or videos. The story ended with how the pagoda was rebuilt.

The temple had other stories to offer too. For example, they tell us how tea was an important part of the religious participants.

The prices of drinks and food are reasonable in the temple grounds. Clearly, they don’t encourage profiteering attitude on its premises. But as tourists, we don’t have WeChat options to purchase those drinks.

We took the 3.30pm bus back into Xian. At the bus stop, we learnt others had waited for 45mins. The time schedule on the notice board was for 2.40pm slot was not correct. We recall the company verbally told us it should be 2.30pm.
Written May 12, 2019
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jk yeo
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia45 contributions
Dec 2014 • Family
It was given to Eastern Han Dynasty,the Tang emperors build an underground palace and lavish imperial gold,silver,silk,potteries,tea sets,tea grinders,incense holder,statues......in its vault.Every 30 years,they were taken out in a State procession to Changan(present day XIAN,SHAANXI province)a distance of 100km.It takes 2 years to prepare.Buddhism was a state religion.In 847,the palace was sealed and forgotten.In 1987,after pulling down the damaged 13 storey pagoda,they discovered INTACT the whole collection of Treasures after 1140 yrs. LUCKY US!
Written November 26, 2015
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CWLow
Kuantan, Malaysia473 contributions
Nov 2014 • Solo
Famen Temple Buddhist Cultural Scenic area has become a leading scenic site in western Shaanxi and a Buddhism center for pilgrims from all over the world, a Buddhism culture research center and famous tourist destination. It composes of 5 sectors including Famen Temple Monastery, Famen Temple Museum, Namaste Dagoba, Buddha's Light Avenue and Plaza of Buddha's Light Gate.

Famen Temple, known and respected for a Buddhist sacred land where the veritable Finger Bone of Sakyamuni (founder of Buddhism) was enshrined and worshiped.

In May 2009 the Shaanxi government finished constructing the first phase of a much larger complex in addition to the Famen Temple. The new "Famen Temple Cultural Scenic Area" added 150 acres to the temple complex. The most obvious feature of the new complex is the 148 meter high Namaste Dagoba or Holding Palms Dagoba and the unique phalanx sarira of Sakyamuni was enshrined inside it. The dagoba is a Tang-style pagoda sheltered by huge a pair of folding palms, hence the name.

Basically there are the old and new Famen Temples to visit. For the whole Famen Temple Buddhist Cultural Scenic area to visit would roughly require about 4 hours if ones is to walk all the way along Foguang Avenue which stretches for 1230 meters in length and 108 meters in width. This avenue connects other main sections of the scenic spot. On both sides of it are set up with huge golden statues of Buddhas and sutra columns on the basis of Buddhism regulation. There are much to see in Famen Temple.

Recommend to visit as it is totally different experience from other temples setting in Shaanxi area.
Written October 14, 2015
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Travelingmaven
Chicago, IL292 contributions
Jun 2013 • Family
Get ready to be astonished at the over-sized pink lotus blossoms spouting hot steam, "antique-look" trains, giant gilded statues, fake rock speakers, line the way to the new temple where Buddha's finger bone is enshrined. The new temple, as opposed to the old one, is open on the first and 15th of the lunar calendar. It is approached by walking or taking one of the electric trains. The walk is l-o-n-g (perhaps a mile or more) and hot in June. There are a few vendors en route from whom you can buy water.

Off to the right as you approach the new temple is the old one - the one we really wanted to see - dating to the 2nd century AD. When the temple's brick were weakened by rain, one side of the pagoda collapsed. During restoration, a treasure cache was discovered. In a sealed crypt were found more than 1000 artifacts and offerings. There are gold and silver boxes (the wooden ones rotted) and other objects of interest. When we were there, monks and Buddhists were praying and making donations in front of every niche. The museum in the compound showed many of the treasures. These were nicely displayed. Outside the temple area there are vendors selling the usual souvenirs and CDs.

Of all the sites we wanted to see in China during this trip, the juxtaposition of modern and old was the most discordant here. If not a Buddhist, or if not someone interested in the history of Buddhism in China, this is somewhere I might not choose to visit.
Written June 22, 2013
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Charron
Zhanjiang, China508 contributions
May 2011
We went to Famen Temple in May 2011. The guide told us billions of money were spent in renovating it several years ago (in about 2002). Now the whole temple is more like a golden palace. In the end we reached there and found it was really the case.

All the temples in China are more or less. Thus we won't discuss the good sides here. Now let's talk about the bad sides:

1.It is too commercial. People there showed their good "talents" on making money, from selling incense at the gate, to selling the products which was said to bless and protect you in the main hall, etc.

2.There are only few trees planted on the huge square. We took the electromobile to the main hall, but I did think if the staff there could plant more trees for other believers and visitors, the whole square would look more comfortable and solemn. However, they only focused on its magnificence, but forgot the origin faith of the temple, which was to bring convenience to the believers.
Written May 26, 2011
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ChuckMHK
San Diego, CA33 contributions
Jun 2017 • Friends
Temple is far from the city and has been ruined by commercialization. When you arrive, you walk through a gaudy monstrosity of concrete and colored metal that serves as the new welcome courtyard to the temple. Why was a historic temple ruined like this? After walking through the monstrosity, you board a shuttle which takes you down a long concrete road, so wide it resembles an airport driveway. During the drive you can't help but wonder, "why was money and time wasted on all this?". Giant statues of bodhivistas line the road, giving it some small redeeming value. Upon arrival at the bus terminus, you are greeted by the site of some new, modern, eye of Sauron like structure. What it is I will never know, but it sure is ugly. Around the corner is the temple itself, tiny in size and also tiny in tourist value. It pales in comparison to the temples in Xi'an proper.

The artifacts displayed in the temple museum are historic and interesting, but those are the only things worth seeing at the temple, and they alone do not justify the trek out to this place. Save yourself time and skip Famen Temple.

Written June 18, 2017
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