Yuantong Temple

Yuantong Temple, Kunming

Yuantong Temple
4.5
Historic Sites • Religious Sites
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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liucy752
Taipei, Taiwan953 contributions
Nov 2018 • Solo
A 1200 years old temple.
Unlike most temples in China, which are built on the ascendant, visitors enter the temple from above and descend along a sloping path, downhill along the central axis,

In the mid-way, the "Yuantong Wonderful Realm (圓通勝景坊)" is a majestic archway built by General Wu Sangui (吳三桂) in 1669. Don't miss the exquisite stone carving on the pillars

At the center of the temple area, there is a fish pool with the Octagon Pavilion in the middle. Pavilion, three-holes stone bridges, and the green pool creates a beautiful scene.

There are numerous scenic spots in the temple. However, I have a special preference on the roof of the side chambers. The wave-like roof edges (due to old age), the reflections, and the green water add radiance and beauty to each other. Amazing!
Written January 15, 2019
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Mike_Jkt
Jakarta113 contributions
Jun 2018 • Friends
within waking distance from Chuanxingulou metro station (line 2), a beautiful temple site with ponds, pagodas etc. Small entrance fee to pay ( maybe around RMB 6)

Good to spend time up to an hour
Written July 3, 2018
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Ratchada W
Bangkok, Thailand238 contributions
Apr 2017 • Friends
From subway get off at Chuanxingulou Exit B, turn left, cross the brigde. Walk straight and the temple will be on the right. Ticket fee 6 yuan, can take a set of incense for free.
The temple is very quiet and worth a visit.
Written April 7, 2017
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juntimani
Thailand39 contributions
Apr 2018 • Friends
Yuantong temple is one of the most famous, big and old in Kunming. If you visit Kunming, you should come here at once. When you walk inside, you feel peaceful different from the outside of temple. Inside have big tree, Hall and pond that you can pray and snap some photo with beautiful place.

The entrance fee is 6 CNY.

You can go by subway line to Chuanxingulou Station and walk to temple around 15 minutes. Or you can go there by bus.
Written August 19, 2018
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lsmkw
San Francisco Peninsula384 contributions
Dec 2017 • Solo
At first, great temple, but there are a lot of them...the further back I explored the more impressive the design with great temple interior in the main building. Going back further, up some stairs, a smaller temple filled with pilgrims (?) chanting - enchanting. Worshippers everywhere - well used by locals. Free bathrooms. 6 RMB admit (no senior discount for foreigners); short walk on commercial street to Green Lake Park.
Written December 10, 2017
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Ed N
London, UK73 contributions
Jul 2017
My partner and I spent a day wondering around the sights of central Kunming and this was a real surprise. After you've seen a few Chinese temples they can become fairly same-y but this has some really unique points. Head towards the back and left to find the terrapin pond. At 6RMB per person this attraction is well worth a visit.
Written July 5, 2017
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Ling_Sg
Singapore335 contributions
Dec 2019 • Friends
We enjoyed the walk in the temple. It's 1200years old but is very well maintained and clean. It's quite a big premise but some halls cannot enter. One can do donation with receipt. Entrance fee is rmb6 and you'll be given a pair of candles and a set of 3 joss sticks. We saw nice flowering trees when we were there.
Written December 22, 2019
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yipjcs88
Hong Kong, China9,934 contributions
Jun 2019
It is a very old temple. I went there over 15 years ago when I bought a tiny "monk-blessed" Buddha piece and put into my wallet ever since, believing it could keep me safe. Maybe it did as I survived the 2004 tsunami and several other unexpected life-threatening events during my numerous trips.This time, I departed from the tour group for a couple of hours to get there myself by taxi. Could not remember anything from the past as it was a long time ago. They do not sell Buddha pieces anymore and the temple looks a bit run-down. Not many visitors except some young ladies and SE Asian tourists. To me it was nostalgia and I just sat there for an hour to meditate. The entrance guy looked at my camera and did not charge me any entrance fee ie seemed not a worshiper. On the wall there were numerous thought-provoking clauses about life, written by a chief monk. I went through all and agreed with maybe 2/3. Getting back to the tour group was a bit hard; I had to wait 10 minutes to catch a taxi. I asked my tour guide why no tours would include this venue. He said that the traffic there was bad and there was no bus-parking.
Written September 1, 2019
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RandiPenot
Oslo, Norway45 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
A must when you are in Kunming. Very nice place to visite. Beautiful temple and peaceful surrounding.
Written June 3, 2018
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MattwalesNorthWales
Chengdu, China2,052 contributions
Jun 2017 • Solo
From the street you don't see anything that raises your expectations. The entrance building is rather poorly maintained, the ticket price is only 6yuan,so you get a pleasant surprise as you descend into the temple grounds. This is a Qing dynasty complex, but it's history goes back much further. It is a still functioning temple and gives the visitors a real sense of tranquillity. You should visit when in Kunming.
Written June 9, 2017
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