Wenshu Yuan Monastery

Wenshu Yuan Monastery, Chengdu

Wenshu Yuan Monastery
4.5
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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BecksterB
Lima, Peru52 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
This peaceful, tranquil place is not only lovely because of the beautiful monastery but perfect for a wander, for spending an afternoon drinking tea in the garden, or for enjoying a delicious lunch in the vegan restaurant (35rmb buffet or 50 rmb hotpot). Beware that the signage outside doesn’t say “wenshu” but rather another name (we thought we’d gone to the wrong place!) but you’ll see Wenshu on the blue shade cloth at the entry. I will definitely return to this spot next time I’m in Chengdu.
Written July 8, 2021
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eqfcf
4 contributions
Dec 2020
First and foremost, I want to say that I recommend coming to see the Giant Pandas (if you are already in Chengdu) and this place will be worth your trip. However, I WAS BITTEN BY A RED PANDA. The enclosure for the Red Pandas have holes in the gates so the pandas can run
Written December 1, 2020
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Zarza's Travels
China376 contributions
Jul 2021 • Solo
Amazing place for a peaceful walk, not touristy like so many other temples. Free entry, just had to show green code. Lots of little buildings and walk ways to go around. You can light a candle in memory, or for reflection. The exit gate leads you to a beautiful pedestrian street with various small restaurants and shops. Lovely place to sit and relax for a while, feels like a bit of an escape! Note - lots of shops selling embroidery - they might not be as 'local' as they make out!
Written July 14, 2021
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Ailton007
Seattle, WA796 contributions
Apr 2021
Spent about 1 hour here and found a great hole in the wall noodle place nearby to cap off a great afternoon. Buildings and statues were beautiful, the area is nice and easy to get to by subway or taxi. Definitely one of the temples / monasteries to see when in Chengdu
Written April 10, 2021
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InnaYYZ
Toronto, Canada1,489 contributions
Aug 2019
The upward point corners of the roof structures especially stand out on the monastery, as if they have been elongated and pointed upward. I don't know id there is any functionality to the design, or just for the sake of being a little different. I know that I have seen this on many ancient buildings in China, but her is looks a little more exaggerated. Nice garden at the monastery.
Written August 17, 2019
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Tun1964
Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar1,321 contributions
Jun 2019 • Family
My family visited there on June 21 afternoon. It’s hidden spiritual Buddhist temple in hustling down town Chengdu. I saw ancient Buddhist architecture and peaceful mind found from Buddha statue and temples. It’s great place to see ancient heritage.
Written August 22, 2019
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Sarah B
Footscray, Australia338 contributions
Apr 2018 • Couples
We spent a couple of hours here and really loved this place. It was a highlight in Chengdu. Wenshu Monastery is home to about 80 monks and you can see them I the grounds as you walk around. It’s a huge complex and there are various Buddha statues, different rooms, tea houses and areas to worship. It’s peaceful and beautiful.

We had lunch at the vegetarian restaurant which was excellent and highly recommended.

It’s easy to get to – go to Wenshuyuan station and take exit K. Then as you come out, keep walking ahead along the main road and turn right and you’ll see it. I had heard there is a 5RMB entrance fee but I didn’t see anywhere that was charging this fee.
Written May 8, 2018
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CafeDeSonya S
8 contributions
Feb 2015 • Friends
The monastery is huge but english description is inadequate, which makes it fairly difficult for non-Chinese speakers to understand everything about this place. But don't miss their teahouse and vegetarian restaurant inside, which serve authentic buddhist meal and tea for local people.

There's a shopping street built next to the monastery. It's fairly touristy and commercial, but worth a visit too.
Written March 8, 2015
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JerryMann13
Philadelphia, PA17 contributions
Dec 2014 • Couples
I find myself drawn to Wenshu Temple every time I come to Chengdu.

Over the past nine years it has gone through some significant changes - the closing of the old tea garden (hopefully only temporary), and the elimination of the entrance fee that had to be paid at one of the windows in the wall surrounding the entrance. Still, it has maintained its tranquility and graceful beauty through all.

The women of the Temple are wonderful sources of information about the history and practices that have transpired here for nearly half a millennium. Given time and positive attitude they will take you into some of the off the grid buildings where only the monks are normally permitted. On my last visit, I was able to meet the senior monk and talk with him about the changes in the monastery, as well as some more philosophical questions about Buddhism and dreams for research I was doing on a book. He was gracious and curious about my inquiry. His assistant, a female monk, became my guide for the afternoon, and we exchanged a long conversation about East and West.
As others rightly say, as beautiful as the buildings are, the gardens are where the real magic happens. In warm weather the turtles are in charge. When you realize they are thought to be the reincarnation of old monks returned to their spiritual home, you understand why there is a large statue of a turtle on the grounds.
Be sure to wander to the rear of the gardens to the new temple where the devoted continue to chant, sing, ring bells and drum several times a day. To be near that energy is to clear the mind and feel timelessness envelop you.
Written December 20, 2014
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Alienandbear
Daly City, California, United States155 contributions
Sep 2013 • Solo
The place itself is really small. There really isn't much to see it's about 20 rmb from the center of the city from a cab.

If you into Buddhism then it should be a must go for you. If you aren't religious like me then it's just a nice walk inside.

It's free to get in. My wife and I bought a turtle from the outside from an old guy and set him free to the other turtles in the pond inside.

It's about an hour if you slowly stroll around about 20 mins if you just want through it without really looking.

Summary

20 rmb cab ride from the city.

Go if you are Buddhism if you are not there are many other places to see if you are short on time.

Bathrooms rate a 4/5 make sure to bring your own paper.
Written September 2, 2013
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