Longhua Temple

Longhua Temple, Shanghai

Longhua Temple
4.5
7:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 4:30 PM
About
Built in the early Song Dynasty (960-1279), it is the oldest and largest temple in Shanghai. It is popularly believed that the temple gained its name Longhua from the legendary “Longhua” tree with branches extending some 20 kilometers, under which the Maitreya Buddha was enlightened.
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Jo-Ann
Shanghai, China15,019 contributions
Historical
Mar 2021 • Couples
First built in 242 AD. Song Dynasty Monastry. It is old but still very well preserved. Good to visit and enjoy the architecture. Wuite a huge compound to cover. Pagoda was under construction when we were there.
Written March 15, 2021
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Kristine K
93 contributions
An absolute must see
Sep 2020
Longhua Temple is a spiritual place. It’s sacred. It’s historical. It’s an art historian paradise. It is well maintained. It is one of those places that if you only had 24 hours in Shanghai you must absolutely see, experience, and witness. Minimal entrance fee charged. Easily accessible by Metro. Vegetarian lunch is available and very reasonably priced. Note: My recommendation is to avoid weekends and holidays. For best experience, visit on a week day..
Written September 8, 2020
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K Titimbo
Beijing, China79 contributions
True temple
Apr 2019
this might be a tourist attraction, but it is also a temple where local people go to pray and do their Buddhist kinds of stuff.
I highly recommend you, it is less crowded that the Lama Temple in Beijing, also smaller.
Written November 18, 2019
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Jeffrey joggin
82 contributions
one temple
Sep 2019
Many temples in shanghai. None are particularly better than the others. Make sure to see one though and this one isnt bad
Written November 7, 2019
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rogerjm
Olympia, WA1,248 contributions
A wonderful Shanghai experience
Sep 2019
We went on a Sunday and it was packed. Having so many people there added to the wonderful experience.

Longhua is the largest Buddhist Temple in Shanghai, and the buildings are worthwhile seeing, as well as experiencing.

There is a restaurant on the grounds and that too should be experienced.

Well worth three hours.
Written October 27, 2019
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Timezone Travelers
Venice, FL1,520 contributions
part of a tour
Oct 2019
We enjoyed our visit to this temple. Was informative and spiritual as well. The history is unparrelled and the location convenient. Stroll the grounds.
Written October 23, 2019
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Brussels
22 contributions
Not Just a Temple
Oct 2019
Outside the temple is a "park." A place to walk around and see monuments and learn some history. I recommend a using a guide.
Written October 21, 2019
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Emmi35
Bangkok621 contributions
Well worth a visit
Aug 2019 • Solo
Longhua Temple is the largest temple in Shanghai. The seven-story, right-sided pagoda stands right in front of the temple. There are five halls and in the third hall, there are three giant Buddhas beneath a swirled red and gold dome. One of the hall on the left side of the temple has seven rows of golden Buddhas. Very impressive.

Highly recommended to visit this sacred temple.
Written October 14, 2019
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hopeful1951
Ahmedabad, India155 contributions
Old Shanghai world
Sep 2019 • Family
This and Yu yuan are the only old Shanghai left now. The crowded streets around the temple are crammed with stuff. Steaming dim sums and other yummy foods all around add to the atmosphere.
Written October 8, 2019
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juliec20152015
Ipoh, Malaysia13 contributions
Longhua temple
Aug 2019
It was very easy to find and I found it more authentic and interesting. Better than Jin Nam Temple . Only snag is that you have to read up before going to the temple cause the is no English translation.
Written September 5, 2019
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