Xiyuan Temple of Suzhou

Xiyuan Temple of Suzhou

Xiyuan Temple of Suzhou
4.5
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7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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Jarko2015
Amsterdam, The Netherlands1,748 contributions
Solo
Slightly off the beaten path, this large complex should be THE must see for anyone visiting Suzhou. If you come around 3:30PM, you'll find it almost empty and there's enough time to visit the truly impressive temples and gardens, before the monks and priests start setting everything for evening prayers around 4:00PM, when they'll ask you to leave the main temple building. At 4:30PM the temple is filled with nuns and monks in impressive robes, who begin their evening ceremony, all of which you can watch from the doors. It's well, well worth it. However, the most important part of the serene complex is the Arhat Hall. Inside, you'll find 500 giant, golden Buddah's, each one completely unique and representing a different meaning. They are behind glass, but still the site is amazing. Some of them actually break through the glass, depending on their arm gesticulation. The Arhat Hall closes around 4:00 - 4:30PM.
Written September 21, 2017
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AaronVancouver
Vancouver100 contributions
Couples
Worth checking out if in Suzhou! Temple and grounds are interesting to explore. Can offer views of City on clear day - unfortunately it was foggy and raining that we attended.
Written January 5, 2020
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Stan F
69 contributions
Friends
Inside this temple is one of the best vegetarian restaurants in town. Dinner is served from about 5.30 pm onwards. You can phone and book in advance if you like but by 6.30 pm the restaurant is mostly empty and you should arrive sooner rather than later. By sunset the food is mostly sold out. Mosquitoes are a problem in summer so bring insect repellant. We spent about 120 rmb per person. The dishes are quite small, so you can taste a lot of variety. If you arrive after the temple has closed for the day, access to the restaurant is via 西园弄, a small street on the east side leading you to a side entry to the temple. It's best if you are accompanied by a mandarin speaker. This is the ideal place to eat after you have had a heavy diet for a few days so it's worth it.
Written May 30, 2017
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Bob B
Leeds, United Kingdom23 contributions
Couples
An interesting Taoist temple in the middle of town which has been recently restored, and is worth a visit. Many beautiful statues inside, and only 10 RMB entry fee.
Written May 24, 2012
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kattullus
Stockholm, Sweden1,108 contributions
Friends
Large temple with a very serene artmosphere. The Arhat Hall with its many statues is magnificent. The temple is located 400m west of the exquisite Garden to Linger In so a combined visit is recommended.
Written May 17, 2019
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YouBo94
94 contributions
Friends
Xiyuan Temple is kind of far from the other attractions but you can take Suzhou tour bus for 3 RMB to get there. You can find monks in this temple.
Written October 24, 2016
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Hev G
Newport, UK17 contributions
Business
I always love going in and around temples the older the better. The hand painted artwork and bonsai trees are wonderful
Written March 28, 2016
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Leon H
South Shore, MA95 contributions
Family
We went there during the weekday avoiding a lot of crowds. We saw a lot of Buddhas. This is a place where you should find your inner-peace. We particularly like the pond in the back where my little one met many turtles, birds, and giant fishes in a very close range. I also spent some time in the gift shop and copied the Buddhist manuscript.
Written June 23, 2015
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Natsuda L
Bangkok, Thailand11 contributions
Family
It is a good place to respect the Buddha. There are several Buddha, estimated more than 200 Buddha. They do not allow to take the photo inside the shrine but it is okay to take photo outside. There are the incense burning outside of the shrine. However the toilet is not good. Several toilet doors in the woman restroom are out of order.
Written April 20, 2014
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TravellerNewtown
Sydney, Australia88 contributions
Couples
On the edge of the town surrounded by shops it has easy access and is something you can take in on your day out shopping.
Written June 15, 2013
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  • Sun - Sat 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM