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AaronVancouver wrote a review Jan 2020
Vancouver99 contributions28 helpful votes
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.
Date of experience: January 2020
kattullus wrote a review May 2019
Stockholm, Sweden860 contributions149 helpful votes
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.
Date of experience: April 2019
Jarko2015 wrote a review Sep 2017
Amsterdam, The Netherlands1,683 contributions2,987 helpful votes
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.…
Date of experience: September 2017
2 Helpful votes
Stanislaus F wrote a review May 2017
63 contributions8 helpful votes
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.…
Date of experience: May 2017
1 Helpful vote
YouBo94 wrote a review Oct 2016
94 contributions4 helpful votes
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.
Date of experience: October 2016