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Yuantong Temple

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Address: Yuantong Street, Kunming 650021, China
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5-Hour Small Group Tour of Classic Kunming With Lunch

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Historic, Quiet Temple Near Kunming Landmarks

Yuantong Temple was originally built over 1200 years ago, and is now one of the only temples in mainland China that lies inside a city. The temple complex is also unique because... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 24, 2016
Kunming, China
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Eilat, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Lovely pictures, budhas, and a small souvenirs shop. Can spend there 30 minutes or a few hours! of you have a photographer with you...

Thank ristlin
Kunming, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016

Yuantong Temple was originally built over 1200 years ago, and is now one of the only temples in mainland China that lies inside a city. The temple complex is also unique because you walk downhill, rather than up a hill or mountain, to get to the temple. The buildings and grounds are very pretty, making for great pictures. Yuantong doesn't... More 

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016

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 July 18, 2016

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 June 30, 2016

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 June 27, 2016

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.

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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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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.

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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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