Bright Filial Piety Temple (Guangxiao Si)

Bright Filial Piety Temple (Guangxiao Si), Guangzhou

Bright Filial Piety Temple (Guangxiao Si)

Bright Filial Piety Temple (Guangxiao Si)
4.5
Architectural Buildings • Religious Sites
6:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
6:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
6:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
6:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
6:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
6:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
6:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
6:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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A wooden Laughing Buddha greets you at the entrance of this 4th-century Buddhist temple, one of the oldest in Guangzhou.
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Douglas M
Guangzhou, China1,973 contributions
Btter Known as GuangXiao Temple
Mar 2021
A Monday morning saw SWMBO and I heading to GuangZhou’s No. 1 Hospital for SWMBO to be given a covid-19 vaccination. They are not necessary for here unless you are in a ‘public facing’ job but we’re tentatively hoping for trip to the UK in May and reckon a ‘jab’ would be a good idea.

After the jab SWMBO wanted to go and buy some fresh salmon from the small shop across the road. As we walked towards Xihua Road I pointed out the roofs of the temple and SWMBO suggested a visit to pray for no adverse reaction to the jab, a safe journey to the UK if and when in happens, and much more importantly success for her son in his upcoming examinations.

It was only a few minutes extra walk along Renmin Elevated Road and then into Jinghui Road and a couple hundred metres to the south gate entrance of the temple.

Note: The temple is better known as GuangXiao Temple.

In Jinghui Road there a many shops selling bundles of joss sticks, and other essentials for a serious temple visit. It’s advisable to buy here rather in the temple which has a limited selection and more expensive.

Getting into the temple is no problem if you’ve got a phone that can scan their tracking app. Luckily there was a flower festival in the temple and there was no admission fee for us. I never pay anyway in most places as I’m so ancient.

Note: A modernish mobile phone with the WeChat app is essential for present day China, QR code scanning and mini programs are easily handled by WeChat. Load in also the AliPay app. Don’t expect to pay using cash, everything is now paid using WeChat or AliPay.

Anyway, we strolled around the temple buildings. Be aware this is a working temple and can get crowded with both gawpers and practicing Buddhists, so don’t expect a completely tranquil visit. As ever I looked upwards to admire the lovely woodwork.

There are no refreshment facilities in the temple but there are well signposted toilets. Saying that, there’s not much in the way of other information in English.

A bit of a disappointment was that the big fish and turtle pond was fenced off as the area was being repaved. I’m sure they’ll forgive me for not feeding them from my bag of fish food that’s in my man-bag.

There are various temple buildings each to a specific Buddhist deity. SWMBO offered the appropriate prayers, lit the joss sticks, and donated ¥100. That done it was off to the shops for salmon.

Of course, dumplings of various kinds, spring rolls, and tofu followed the salmon into SWMBO’s shopping bag.

Then it was home to look forward to a very nice dinner in the evening.
Ye Gods! It’s four years (April 2017) since my last review of this site.
Written March 16, 2021
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PushExplore
Singapore, Singapore4,776 contributions
Pristine
Oct 2019
The temple visit was nice and peaceful. Was nice to re-visit this place with some out ow town guests. Weather was perfect.
Written November 25, 2019
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zdaati
Vienna, Austria3,237 contributions
Nice temple
Nov 2019 • Couples
Tickets are 5 juans so not much, but it is a peaceful place for worship and some interesting building, a short walk through it
Is enough. It was at the end of our day so we did not stay long. Nice entrance.
Written November 20, 2019
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PipPaul W
Buckfastleigh, UK1,480 contributions
Calming
Oct 2019 • Couples
I like Buddhist temples, they are always so peaceful and calming

This was more open, had more space than a lot we have seen in China over the last 6 weeks

Looks as if there is a vegetarian restaurant in the grounds somewhere but we didn't find it
Written October 10, 2019
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Sudip R
Thane, India157 contributions
Pristine temple - Guangzhou
May 2019 • Family
The moment u enter the temple you will feel the positive vibes, its an old temple, simple architecture with lot of visitors and people having prayer. It was raining and added to the pristine nature of the place. A must visit in Guangzhow.
Written August 18, 2019
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Edyharto
Singapore, Singapore550 contributions
Peaceful vibes
May 2019
I read somewhere this is the temple where the late Reverend Hui Neng stayed. So we went there to look and see. At the entrance was a building under contruction. In the middle was the main temple where devotees pay their respects to Buddha. Then at the right side is a building which houses a statue of Reverend Hui Neng.
The whole place looks peaceful and is peaceful. Though the morning hours did not bring a lot of devotees, many flowers were placed at the structure just outside the temple. Joss sticks abound. All bring out the peaceful vibes as volunteers, with red ribbons, diligently went about their work.
Written May 25, 2019
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Lingang
Henderson, NV1,551 contributions
Nice and quite, located in old city
May 2019 • Couples
It is nice, folky looking temple, large but not overly decorated as many other Chinese temple nowadays often do. Good for slow walk. Most of the building is under construction or just finished renovation recently as most temple in china does there days.
Written May 20, 2019
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PushExplore
Singapore, Singapore4,776 contributions
Serene and Peaceful
Mar 2019 • Friends
The visit to the Bright Filial Piety Temple was nice as the sun was shining bright on a crisp winter day, which turned out to be a perfect way to explore this historic temple. The building is well maintained and there are several artefacts that provide an interesting insight on how things were. You will surely find it quite peaceful here.
Written March 12, 2019
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Michael T
Singapore, Singapore2,067 contributions
A moment of peace and serenity
Dec 2018 • Couples
This is not huge Buddhist temple compared to some of those that we had visited. But Guangxiao Temple had an air of peace and serenity surrounding it.

We spent about half an hour exploring the grounds.

The temple is located within a short walk from a MRT station. Along the way we observed the daily activities of some locals engaging in a intense game of Chinese chess.
Written December 29, 2018
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Vytela
Klaipeda, Lithuania20 contributions
Beautiful
Sep 2018 • Friends
Good place to witness sacred rituals and observe worshippers, especially during famous Chinese or Cantonese festivals. But don't be startled if huge crowds of people surrounds you all the time. It's China, it's normal.
Written September 28, 2018
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