Famen Temple (Famen Si)

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Famen Temple (Famen Si)
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omega123
Singapore, Singapore5,912 contributions
The Old Temple Is More Worthy
Dec 2019
The 法们寺 ground is huge due to the new display building housing the genuine 舍利子。However, the entrance fee has no option to select for visit only to the old temple and pagoda area. The pagoda as seen now was rebuilt much earlier due to destruction by a flood leaving half of it standing.

The sub-level chamber is amazing, it has displays of the Buddhism relics and inscription on the ceiling. The 3 舍利子 are the look alike of the genuine that were found in the underground chamber inside a beautifully made box. (以假乱真)

The temple museum is worth the time as it displays the relics found during the restoration work of the half standing pagoda

The new building is too commercialized and signs of aging are showing.
Written December 25, 2019
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Scared Lose
55 contributions
Beyond expectations for CNY180 ticket price
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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Time to go travel
Brisbane, Australia2,089 contributions
Day Trip from Xian
Nov 2017 • Business
I tagged along with my colleague during our business trip. For me who is no here to worship is impress with the structural and building. Most of the people are here to pray and look at the relic. If you are not a believer, better to visit other places in Xian.
Written August 26, 2018
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g6hie
Beijing, China69 contributions
Short day trip
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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Joan0452013
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia359 contributions
If you are in the area...
Sep 2017 • Couples
This is a Buddhist temple which is still in use so you will come across worshippers inside as well as outside lighting joss sticks at the large incense burner.

Behind the temple is the pagoda and it is possible to walk down to the crypt which has been restored and is now brightly lit. Without a guide and not being able to read Chinese, the little that was on display meant nothing to me. A Buddhist monk knelt in prayer as tourists filed by.

The Temple Museum houses relics and treasures from the Tang Dynasty.

The site is quite some distance from Xian so unless you are in the area or are particularly interest in things Tang, it may not be worth your while.
Written September 25, 2017
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Rillakuma_in_space
Canberra, Australia50 contributions
Kooky architecture
Sep 2017 • Solo
The temple is some way out of Xi'an. I had to wait two hours for a bus (and the return bus never showed up! Had to catch a local bus to some town and then transfer).

The temple is interesting but, unless there is some special event on or you are really interested in Chinese Buddhism (or postmodern architecture), it's probably not worth your time.

The temple is very commercial and manicured which I find fascinating but I can see why some folks do not.

Look out for the anti-cult propaganda 😎
Written September 20, 2017
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Gillian G
Chester, UK201 contributions
Quite a drive out of Xi'an
May 2017 • Couples
This is something like 75 miles outside Xi’an. It’s a famous Buddhist temple originally built during Eastern Han Dynasty about 1700 years ago. It was damaged in the 2008 earthquake and has now been re-built. It is said to hold the finger bone of Sakyamuni Buddha. This temple is an extremely important Buddhist shrine in China. The area surrounding the temple is being greatly extended/developed as the authorities want to make it into a major tourist attraction so lots of shops and eating places being built but they detract from the serenity of the temple.
Written June 25, 2017
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Charlie M
San Diego, CA26 contributions
Don't waste your time.
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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Sethuraman0025
Chennai (Madras), India140 contributions
Inspiring infrastructure
Apr 2017 • Friends
One of the biggest temples in China and there was a drama highlighting the history of the temple which was very inspiring .Though it was in Chinese ,i completely loved the 1.30 hr drama made inside the temple .The acting as well as the story was fantastic .Have never seen such a enlightening drama .Wish I understood Chinese .Many big sculptures .Hail to Lord Buddha .
Written May 4, 2017
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BillytheTraveler
183458181 contributions
Visit if you are religious
Apr 2017 • Friends
Around 2 hours drive, interesting but after a while they all look the same to me. Visited other more interesting temples compared to this one
Written April 11, 2017
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