Hualin Temple

Hualin Temple, Guangzhou

Hualin Temple
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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

4.0
70 reviews
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Pradeep A
New Delhi, India410 contributions
Temple visit
Nov 2019
Our guide took us to this place. Temple was old but well maintained. There are hundreds of statues of Lord Budha with other geities. Smell of incense was flowing throughout the temple.
Written November 30, 2019
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PushExplore
Singapore, Singapore4,776 contributions
Nice Again
May 2019 • Friends
I was surprised that friends wanted to visit the Hualin Temple. It was quite a comfortable walking around, though for the second time for me. We explored quite a bit though unlike the last time.
Written June 26, 2019
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KodoDrummer
Yekaterinburg, Russia64,030 contributions
The beautiful 500 Buddha statues
Apr 2019 • Solo
Prayers in the main temple were taking place during my visit. It was very nice to hear the chanting of the worshippers and the smell of burning incense. On this visit, I spent the majority of my time viewing the 500 Buddha and other statues in Five Hundred Arhat Hall. Each of the 500 arhats has a different pose and facial expression.
Written May 7, 2019
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PushExplore
Singapore, Singapore4,776 contributions
Old Temple. Nice Experience
Feb 2018 • Solo
The Hualin Temple looks rather old and is nestled between shops selling jade. I had taken two elderly ladies here, who quite enjoyed the relaxed experience to walk around and buy souvenirs.
Written August 21, 2018
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KodoDrummer
Yekaterinburg, Russia64,030 contributions
A beautiful, sacred Buddhist temple of worship. When will the world learn to pray more and fight less?
Apr 2018 • Solo
Hualin Temple (until 1654, formerly known as Xilai Monastery) has a history dating back over 1,500 years to the South Ling Dynasty period, 521 to 526 A.D. It is also referred to as The Holy Land of the International Buddhism, The Temple of the 500 Gods, . It was originally established by Bodhidharma, the 28th ancestor of ancient Indian Buddhism.

Five-Hundred-Arhat Hall is amazingly beautiful. It was built during the last year of Emperor Daoguang (1821-1861). Each of the Arhats has a different pose, mood, and expression, although most are similar in size. There is also a statue of Marco Polo, commemorating his visit to China in the 13th century.
During my visit, over 80% of the attendees appeared to be local worshippers. Buddhist monks were actively going about their daily duties.

Hualin Temple is located next to the Jade Market (Hualinsi Jade Street). It is on a side-street between Changshou Lu and Xiajiu Lu.

I travel around GZ, by foot, metro (subway), taxi, and bus. I used the metro to get to the Hualin Temple and area. Two metro exiting options are to go on Metro Line 1 and exit at either XiMen Kou station or Chen Clan Academy station. If you exit at XiMen Kou station, from there walk through the glasses/eyewear market, walk to the central portion (the big square) of Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street, turn right and walk about 150 to 200 metres, and walk a block to the left to get to Hualinsi Jade Street, and Hualin Temple will be off to the side of the street. One can also get there from Changshou Lu Station, although I haven’t tried that route, which they say is the easiest/closest. I select my routes based in part on the other thigs I can encounter on the trip.

There is no admission fee, but there are places where one can leave a donation, but this is not in any way mandatory.

The active place of worship is generally open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Before I commence my trips, I take a photo of my destination names in both English and Chinese. Then enroute, I’ll ask for directions whenever I am concerned that I might not be going the right way.

Travel Tip re toilets: There are many public, restaurant, and other toilets throughout Guangzhou. However, few supply tissue. Thus, to be safe, always carry an adequate supply of tissue. Most of these toilets are fairly dirty, have water for washing, but supply nothing to dry yourself with.
Written April 15, 2018
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Gugan_Ilango
Coimbatore, India941 contributions
Nice small temple complex
Dec 2017 • Business
Hualin Temple is located in liwan district of guangzhou and is a beautiful small temple complex. a nice place to get some great photos
Written January 30, 2018
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Jarko2015
Amsterdam, The Netherlands1,727 contributions
Very special
Oct 2017 • Solo
This very old temple, located in amongst all the jade market sellers twisting streets is well worth seeking out. Completely free to visit, the temple has a very large Arhat Hall, filled with 500 golden buddhas and other remarkable antiquities. The main temple is a mix of old and new, with many memorial shrines commemorating locals who have been interned here or are just being remembered by their families. The two temple gods that stand guard over the Arhat Hall are remarkable, albeit in a very dilapidated state, but at least they're still here; the other two are long gone. Definitely a must see for Guangzhou.
Written October 30, 2017
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Barbara R
Macon, GA163 contributions
Beautiful!
Oct 2017 • Family
Definitely worth a visit. The temple is beautiful, and there are so many statues. This is a temple still used by worshippers, which made the visit even more fascinating.
Written October 29, 2017
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Luis G
Mexico City, Mexico39 contributions
Great surprise
Oct 2017
We were walking around the neighborhood not knowing we would stumble upon this wonderful spiritual haven. I would not say you should go out of your way to visit this place, but if you’re visiting Shiangxiajiu pedestrian street or looking for jade nearby, you should definitely stop by this temple. Serene, beautiful and spiritual.
Written October 7, 2017
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I H
Perth, Australia75 contributions
Very interesting historical site.
Feb 2017 • Couples
This temple, with very interesting background, is close to many attractions [ and generally attractive old areas ] of this part of Guangzhou.
It was walking distance from the Feral River and Shamian Island via the beautiful old streets and alleyways near the Qinping Markets. Well worth a visit.
Written September 8, 2017
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