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Yuantong Temple

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Address: Yuantong Jie, Kunming, China
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5-Hour Small Group Tour of Classic Kunming With Lunch
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Historic, Largest Buddhist Temple in Town

We found this temple a great place to spend a few hours to walk around the big complex and take photos of the beautiful, colorful structures in the middle of a lake. It was not... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Jakarta, Indonesia
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We found this temple a great place to spend a few hours to walk around the big complex and take photos of the beautiful, colorful structures in the middle of a lake. It was not crowded but many people came here to pray. Yuan Tong is the largest Buddhist temple in Kunming originally built during the 8th - 9th century... More 

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Malvern, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We went early in the morning, and were the only tourists among a large number of worshipers. It's located just East of Green Lake, right in the middle of the city, and well worth a visit. The worshipers didn't seem to mind us wandering around or taking pictures so long as we didn't impede their worship. Nice, peaceful place.

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South Korea
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very nice temple with many things to look at. Not overcrowded and lots of fish and turtles in the ponds

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This temple was enlarged in the 13th century and is a well maintained and great place to see Chinese architecture. There is a pond in the centre surrounded by beautiful buildings. Only a short taxi ride from the city and well worth a look.

Thank William H
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

I went here with a Chinese colleague , so it did make for a better experience , it very tranquil and peaceful , I got to experience the Monks chanting the scriptures and watched other groups singing and chanting the scriptures . I tried the flower cake , even prayed before Buddha and asked for guidance ( not a Buddhist... More 

Kunming, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

Kunming has a few temples and all of them are worth visiting and the admission is about the price of a drink at Starbucks. You'll be mobbed by locals who want you to purchase incense that you can burn for a loved one. Wander around the buildings and soak in the culture and the history. Along with looking at the... More 

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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

A series of temple buildings around a pool, below a steep hillside. Lots of place to sit quietly, admiring the architecture.

Thank LauraJane597
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2016

Come here early in the morning and join the locals around 11am for veggie food. For 7 rmb you get a bowl of rice with veggie toppings that will fill you fully. We enjoyed talking to and sharing tables with the locals - they offered us some of their own toppings which was very nice. Just be in time, 11h30... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016

The Yuantong Temple is situated in central Kunming and organized around a small lake. It is a collection of several temples dedicated to various branches of Buddhism and attracts many pilgrims.

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

We have seen so many beautiful temples in china, but this one is really one of the more interesting ones. The location at the foot of the hills is nice, but the set up of the temple with the monastery around (still actively used) the back, a pond with a large amount of turtles and frogs, a Thai temple in... More 

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