Shanghai Zhenru Temple

Shanghai Zhenru Temple

Shanghai Zhenru Temple
4.5
Historic Sites • Religious Sites
7:55 AM - 4:04 PM
Monday
7:55 AM - 4:04 PM
Tuesday
7:55 AM - 4:04 PM
Wednesday
7:55 AM - 4:04 PM
Thursday
7:55 AM - 4:04 PM
Friday
7:55 AM - 4:04 PM
Saturday
7:55 AM - 4:04 PM
Sunday
7:55 AM - 4:04 PM

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Jo-Ann
Shanghai, China15,174 contributions
Beautiful & Serene
Mar 2021 • Couples
Very zen atmosphere. Monks chanting made it even more beautiful. Built in 1320!!! A wooden temple. Amazing! Lovely to enjoy the architecture, the bell walkway, the canal, the pagoda, prayers in all halls.... perfect to spend half a day here.
Written March 23, 2021
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Kristine K
94 contributions
Peaceful. Reflective. Historical.
Oct 2020
Sacred. Peaceful. Reflective. Tranquil. Historical. The history & nature combined to make this location a thoughtful place. The grounds are well maintained. The bonsai trees & other ornamental bushes are well cared for. The buildings and structures architecturally speaking are outstanding. The religious statues, some of the most precious in the area. Allow yourself time to sit and absorb, contemplate, write, or just "be" in the moment. Note: there is a large pigeon coop on site and the birds were loose during my visit. Small entrance fee charged at the gate.
Written October 30, 2020
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Micky G
6 contributions
Peaceful
Jun 2019 • Family
It is a more solemn and peaceful place and not as crowded as Jingan Temple.. You can spend a whole day here reading a book or just taking in the place's peaceful environment. We went there on a Sunday afternoon and there were almost no people around aside from the monks. It's quite a long walk from the station but worth it I live the place and will recommend it to friends and visiting relatives. 👍
Written June 7, 2019
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Ryan C
Shanghai, China14 contributions
Lovely, quiet temple with gardens.
Jan 2019 • Solo
Lovely, quiet temple including a pagoda and gardens, situated a relaxed 10 minute walk from Zhenru Subway station (Line 11). It's a great place to go and explore, whether you want to walk around or just sit down and take in the quiet atmosphere.

The garden is shaped like a rectangle with different gardens and buildings that you can walk into. You could expect to spend 30 minutes to 1 hour there. It's incredibly well maintained and clean, the people who work there are also really lovely and friendly.

Location: Easy to find. Go to Zhenru Station (line 11), get out at exit 5, turn right and right again down Beishi Road (the other road which others recommended is currently closed for renovation), walk for around 10 minutes to the crossroads and turn right, you'll be able to see the Temple's East Gate entrance with a gate and 2 statues out the front (that's where the ticket office was when I visited). On the way to and from the subway, you'll also have the chance to walk through a more local and older looking part of Shanghai.

Cost: 10 yuan

Food: There are also local places to eat around the temple if you're hungry.
Written January 30, 2019
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CarSteHolden
Manchester, UK391 contributions
Interesting Temple
Sep 2017 • Friends
Easy to get to on the metro and just a short walk from the station. Nice place to walk around and very quiet. I think we were the only people looking around. Lots of interesting things to see.
Written August 21, 2018
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John T
Shanghai, China688 contributions
Quiet and uncrowded
Jul 2018 • Solo
The temple is out of the way and maybe 10 minutes walk from Zhenru on line 11. It's quiet and peaceful and entrance costs 10 Yuan. There is plenty to see or you can just sit and enjoy the peace and quiet. Lots of building work has been done to restore the temple and this is still ongoing. Well worth a visit.
Written July 22, 2018
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nithyavasu
Chennai (Madras), India30 contributions
Visit
May 2017 • Family
I visited the temple after trip advisor reviews . Excellent calm and genuine looks . We were thoroughly impressed by the temple maintenance and the architecture . Worth a visit .
Written June 7, 2017
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Andrea C
Verona, Italy289 contributions
Wonderful and quite temple in Putuo district
Nov 2016 • Friends
This temple is a real surprise: most Shanghai guides do not mention it, then when you arrive you get to a large complex with different halls and a tall Pagoda. The complex has been well preserved and decorated with nice carved stones and woods and many pots of plants. We got there in the morning and the monks were chanting in some of the halls. You can have a vegetarian meal in the basement of the second hall on the right side. The central hall is reported to be originally from the 13th century. There is a deeply venerated statue with four heads and nice decorations. There is a roofed corridor along the canal on the left side. The corridor displays several bells and artistic watercolor paintings hanging from the roof. Great place to relax and meditate, which is a rarity in a mega city like Shanghai. About 20' by metro from downtown, line 11 stop at ZhenRu, exit 5.
Written November 5, 2016
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Billy_Whimwa
427 contributions
A very nice temple a bit off the beaten path
May 2016 • Couples
The temple is quite nice and beautiful inside. There is a long passage way along the canal which is great for sitting and taking in a peaceful afternoon. Getting to the temple is kind of an experience itself if coming from the metro station. The street is a large fish market and you get to walk through it. There are many stalls with just about every sea creature people will eat.
Written May 5, 2016
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Lastlove
Bangkok, Thailand480 contributions
Peacefully nice wooden Buddhist temple in Shanghai
Oct 2015 • Couples
This temple is a bit outskirt of Shanghai. Since the subway line 11 operated, going there is much easier. Just take line 11, off at Zhenru station, exit 5 head to Tongchuan seafood market on the left. Walk through the market till end then turn left and walk straight around 50-70 meters. The temple entrance will be on your left. Entrance fee is only 10 RMB., what you will see would be priceless though. Especially if you are Buddhist, this place is one of the must visit temples in Shanghai.

This place is like the center of the community where people come to pray, socialize and meditate. The temple is very well-maintained by the monks who work very hard. If you want to experience a peaceful, beautiful & quiet temple in Shanghai, this place is the right one.

Besides all the halls in the heart of the temple, you can enjoy the pond and fishes along the canal side as well. For anyone who is interested in Buddhism and also read Chinese, the paintings along the rest area could make you spend more time than expected.
Written October 12, 2015
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