Fayuan Si - Buddhist Temple

Fayuan Si - Buddhist Temple, Beijing

Fayuan Si - Buddhist Temple

Fayuan Si - Buddhist Temple
Historic Sites • Religious Sites
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

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34 reviews
Very good

70 contributions
Interesting temple
Sep 2019 • Solo
This temple didn't feel too touristy– most people seemed to be there to worship. The downside to this was there was no English signs so it was hard to get any context to what you were seeing.
Written September 14, 2019
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Vishnu Pendyala
San Jose, CA1,018 contributions
Nov 2018 • Solo
Walked about 1km from the subway station to get to this place of worship. Could see a number of monks walking in the temple - possibly living in the quarters surrounding the temple. Quite a few were praying inside the temple. Nice architecture. Nothing outstanding though. Recommend going there if you have time.
Written November 30, 2018
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Beijing, China4 contributions
An unforgettable trip to Fa Yuan Si
Apr 2018 • Family
In April, I went to a buddist temple called Fayuan Si,I saw a lot and view a lot there.

Fayuan temple has a long history.Firstly, Fayuan Temple is located in Jiao Zi Alleyway,which is remembered by people because of a story.Once upon a time,there was a mother who treated her son extremely kindly and listened to everything her son said.However,her son didn't learn to be a good person and was killed because of crime.As a result people named it Jiao Zi to remind them to educate their children correctly.Secondly,FaYuan Temple was built since Tang Dynasty.It was called Min Zhong Temple at first in order to remember people who helped the emperor to battle.It is called Fa Yuan Temple in Qing Dynasty,and currently it becomes a buddist museum.

Like other Chinese temples,Fayuan Temple has many features.FaYuan Temple has a big door on the middle with a smaller door on each side,which was the symbol of guard in the past.In the temple,there are bell tower and drum tower,which is also a culture.The halls are important too,firstly it's Hall of Heavenly King,where Maitreya Buddha ,the buddha of future is worshiped.The main hall is called Mahavira Hall,people worship Sakyamuni Buddha,the leader of Buddha there.

You can go to Fayuan Temple at any time,but the lilac is beautiful there,so I suggest go there in spring.However,you should be quiet there, do not interrupt the monks.It only costs you less than half a day,so you could have other plan.

p.s. the food in Niujie Street is very good,but there are too many people.
Written April 5, 2018
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Rachelle W
Los Angeles, CA1,628 contributions
A Piece of Peace in Beijing
Dec 2017 • Solo
FaYuan Temple offers a piece of peace in fast-paced Beijing! For lay people without Buddhist certificate, admission is 5 Chinese dollars (like US$1). It is a medium sized yard with a few Buddhist halls. Each has different Buddha figures. I’m raised Christian but I still found the history and culture interesting. Unfortunately almost everything is written in Chinese, and very few artifacts have English explanations :( if one visits alone, it may be difficult to grasp the history and stories behind everything.

Overall, cool place to visit. Recommend time - 30 minutes for non-Chinese speakers or 1 hour for Chinese speakers :)

PS: Buddhist vegetarian meals are available here, but I didn’t get to try any. One may ask the monk or masters for details.
Written December 22, 2017
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Phil Y
San Francisco, CA365 contributions
There is nothing to see here.
Oct 2017 • Family
I give one star hoping no more tourists come here to disturb the tranquility of the temple. Can't believe near the center of Beijing city, there is such a peaceful and calming temple where young monks are studying inside. Tourists, don't come.
Written November 12, 2017
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Stephen W
Adelaide, Australia3 contributions
An oasis of peace in Beijing
Apr 2017 • Solo
Far away from the crowds, rarely visited by tourists, is this peaceful old temple. It's not difficult to get to - about 15 minutes walk through the hutong from the nearest subway station (Caishikou). You experience a Buddhist Temple as it should be, and if you are fortunate, as I was, there may be a service in progress - fifty or more monks walking around the courtyard chanting 'Amitabha'. Under such circumstances, respect must be shown and no photographs taken. This is real. I have visited many temples in Beijing, some of which are very interesting, but Fayuan Si provides the most authentic experience of a functioning Buddhist temple. It's a good place to sit and meditate or reflect on the craziness of the world outside the walls.
Written May 10, 2017
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Maria H
24 contributions
Not sure I would go again
Jul 2016 • Solo
This temple is a bit out of the main tourist attractions (line 4, Caishikou exit D and then quite a long walk) and it's not particularly beautiful although very old and historic. I found my visit worthwhile because I happened to be there when Buddhist monks were chanting and performing their rituals which was moving and something I had never seen before (I went on a Friday around 4pm). Had that not been the case I would have been disappointed.
Entrance is RMB5 and there are beggars at the entrance who will probably point you to the ticket window which is not that obvious but I don't think they are very bothered about charging the entrance fee. In front of the temple there's a park where there were children playing, Old men playing cards and women playing something like badminton but without rackets, using their bodies.
Written July 21, 2016
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San Carlos, CA598 contributions
active Buddhist temple, see monks and worshipers
Jan 2016 • Solo
It's a 1 km walk (15min) from exit D of the Caishikou metro station on line 4. This is active Buddhist temple and you'll see monks strolling the grounds and worshipers burning incense. Most exhibit areas are closed, thus I think there is reduced gate fee of 5 RMB. Of all the temples I visited, this temple alone had 4 beggars at the front entrance. One beggar sat at the steps of the ticket office, and he helped me identify that it was the ticket booth as there is no sign to indicate ticket sales. There must have been no tourist activity since I tapped the window to wake the ticket agent. He seemed in a deep sleep. I ventured into the open spaces and open doorways without any map or signs to mark the way as there are no English signs within grounds to indicate the landmarks. The bell and drum towers were closed. Mainly, the buildings in the center were open. these were buildings of worship with knee pads set in the front for worshipers to bow. There are a few cats roam the area.
Written January 18, 2016
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Beijing, China25 contributions
My fav in Beijing
Nov 2013 • Solo
Born and bred in Beijing, the temple is not far from where I live. there is a huge playground in front of the entrance, where children are playing and the elderly are playing chess or walking dogs. the entrance fee is 10 RMB (Worth for the visit). the temple is absolutely amazing!!!! U could enjoy the peace even the temple is situated in the central beijing. Monks are living inside the temple. If u are lucky enough u will be invited to join them for meal.
Written May 6, 2014
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Albany, NY61 contributions
Respite in Beijing
Toured the Fayuan Temple, Ox Mosque and surrounding muslim neighborhood with tour guide Peter Zhao (iampeter518@foxmail.com). This was my second time using Peter. Using Peter allows for a fully customizable day at your own pace inexpensively. The Temple is very interesting to a Westerner because it is an active temple with monks and practitioners engaged around you. With little polish and little obstructed access, you get a sense of the day to day life of monks, from their laundry, to dining hall and living quarters in an 800 year old setting. Nice break from busy tourist stops.
Written October 15, 2013
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