Kaiyuan Temple

Kaiyuan Temple, Chaozhou

Kaiyuan Temple
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

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Dennis M
Salado, TX278 contributions
Large Buddhist Temple
Sep 2019 • Couples
A large compound surrounds this Buddhist Temple which features two 45 meter high stone pagodas. Built in 686 this Temple has been in continuous use for 1500 years! Situated on a quiet street, it is easy to get to, but parking is down the street a few blocks. The grounds also hold a maritime museum containing the remains of a 1000 year old boat found in 1974.
Written September 23, 2019
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Texan Chia
Singapore, null, Singapore438 contributions
A spralling Court Yard
Mar 2019 • Friends
The unassuming wooden carved doors open up into a huge court yard. Like in ancient China, the court proceedings can be conducted here, a huge table franked by six wooden boards proclaiming justice & truth in sentence. The very big chair, were too big for any one of us. We six footers could hardly be seen while seated behind the table, let alone making any decision of right or wrong. Many spears & blades were displayed. A man made map of Chaozhou did not match the setting or environment.
Written April 10, 2019
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SOH KIEN PENG
Singapore, Singapore6,315 contributions
Tracing the roots of teochews
Oct 2018 • Solo
I am a Singapore born Chinese. This trip I visited Shantou, Xiamen and Chaozhou to look at the origins of the places in China where many of my ancestors and overseas Chinese originated.

I saw many of the similarities in the food in Chaozhou and that of in Singapore especially the dessert, the porridge and the varieties of baked biscuits and confectionary delicacies. However, I hardly could find any Nanyang delicacies like Nasi Lemak and curry chicken here.

The architectural design of this Kaiyuan Temple also resembles some of the Teochew temples in Singapore, Penang and Taiwan. These temples strengthen the spirituality of the Teochew people who ventured to foreign lands and blessed them for a smooth and safe journey.

The Proletarian Cultural Revolution almost destroyed this temple built since the Tang Dynasty and the temple abbots were forced to work in labor camps in the countryside. Communism imposed atheistic values though the constitution guarantees religious freedom.

The sea journey to South East Asia (Nanyang) was filled with perils and dangers. Before embarking on their venture, the migrants prayed to the deities and find psychological strength to leave their motherland.

Kaiyuan Temple plays a significant role in strengthening the spiritual strength of the Teochew people who ventured abroad and acts as catalyst in the migration of the Teochew people to South East Asia and beyond.

Many successful entrepreneurs subsequently returned to contribute to the modernization of contemporary China. The temple thus plays a positive and central role in the history of the Teochew people and should continue to be preserved.
Written October 27, 2018
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Rogershk
Hong Kong, China58 contributions
Lovely temple
Sep 2018 • Family
The Kaiyuan temple is a centrepiece of the old town and well worth a visit, it is well maintained and easy to get around
Written September 25, 2018
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Zheng JF James
Malaysia271 contributions
Ancient temple extant since Tang dynasty-free admission
Apr 2018 • Couples
This temple is extant since the Tang dynasty, over 1000 years.
It is in proximity to memorial arches street (Paifang jie), ancient city wall and guangji bridge which crosses Han river.
Written April 17, 2018
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JoeCool_KL
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia2,208 contributions
One of the famous temples in Chaozhou
Nov 2017 • Family
Kaiyuan temple is one of the main temples to visit in Chaozhou. It’s a nice temple with lots of locals coming here to pray. A large statue of Goddess of Mercy is at the entrance and facing the temple building. Good for a short visit.
Written November 20, 2017
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linanauli21
Jakarta, Indonesia404 contributions
A temple with a view
Jul 2017 • Solo
This temple is one of the city attractions in Chaozhou. During the day, there are many tourists roaming this temple. The place is not too far from other tourist attractions. It also good for those interested in Chinese ancient buildings.
Written July 1, 2017
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lindasllim
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia878 contributions
Chaozhou Oldest Temple
Mar 2017 • Couples
We were visiting the nearby old town and visited this temple. The Kaiyuan Temple is one of the oldest Buddhist temple in Chaozhou. This temple was built in the Tang dynasty and has a history that is over 200 years.
The diety Guan Yin "Goddest of Mercy", a white stone statue is at the temple's entrance. This is a huge temple with different halls. The temple was very well preserved and maintained. The walls of the temple have unique carvings and the ceilings were beautifully decorated with red lanterns.
We left the temple after a quick tour of the temple, as it was crowded with local people and tourists praying and paying homage to the dieties and Buddhas.
We also took the electric ricksaw tricylces that were stationed at the nearby arch to tour part of the old town's narrow streets lined with shops and old houses.
A must-visit place for Buddhists and history buff!
Written April 3, 2017
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Fouregas
United States5,253 contributions
One of the oldest Kaiyuan Temples (开元寺) in China
Mar 2017 • Friends
The oldest honor went to Fuzhou City started from 549 AD.
This one in Chaozhou is pretty old that started from 738 AD, almost 1400 years.

Whether you are buddhist or not, it's almost a MUST visit when you are in Chaozhou. Besides the Archway Street 潮州牌坊街 is right next to it where you can buy all kinds of snacks unique to Chaozhou and learn about all the famous scholars that came from this region that's listed on each archway (a local guide or someone who can interpret Chinese is a must).

On this visit, there was no entrance fees, so not sure if it always free.
Written April 2, 2017
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SystemDC
31 contributions
Cool temple
Jan 2017 • Family
Pretty cool Buddhist temple with very nice architecture. Not much to do if you're a non believer so walking around would take you 10~15 min.
Written January 17, 2017
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