Dabei Buddhist Monastery (Dabeiyuan)

Dabei Buddhist Monastery (Dabeiyuan), Tianjin

Dabei Buddhist Monastery (Dabeiyuan)

Dabei Buddhist Monastery (Dabeiyuan)
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Beijing, China1,034 contributions
A lovely temple
Oct 2019 • Couples
This is a really nice temple which costs only 5rmb to enter. Incense is available without charge and there are many local people there for worship. An attractive, quiet and peaceful place, wonderful way to spend some quiet time.
Written October 20, 2019
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normakk
Brisbane, Australia308 contributions
Enlightening history
Oct 2019
Take the boat up the river to the last stop near the Eye of Tianjin or walk along the river to the entrance gate.

Walk around the market stores to the side of the entrance, selling items for worship - statues, incense etc and the shops on the opposite side to the street for signs on the history of the area.

The monastery was once very big has been restored and preserved for its historical significance. It is very unique because although the Buddhist focus has changed due to historical upheavals, it maintains the Buddhist foundations and layout.
Written October 18, 2019
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Oleg Gerasimchuk
Seoul, South Korea594 contributions
Very quiet temple
Aug 2019 • Solo
Entrance fee is 5yuan. Some aggressive beggars in front of the entrance, target foreigners. Be careful. Temple itself is big and beautiful.
Written August 26, 2019
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missdixon
Halifax, UK544 contributions
Area of calm
Feb 2019 • Solo
In a large and busy city this was an oasis of calm. There were several shrines and many locals worshipping at them. It was clean and well-kept.
Written March 5, 2019
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Medegma A
Tianjin, China10 contributions
tranquility and meditation
Aug 2017 • Couples
good for meditating, charging yourself with the energy, it's worth seeing it, and it's just next to the ferris wheel
Written May 3, 2018
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Jodie P
Marysville, WA191 contributions
Beautiful and quiet Buddhist Temple
Oct 2017 • Couples
Enjoyed the peace and beauty of this Buddhist Temple and Monastery. It was very close to our hotel - Tainjin Riverside. There were no tourists except for our small group. No one spoke English but our guide gave us the information we needed. We just enjoyed walking around and seeing the people in their worship. Lots of photo ops.
Written December 3, 2017
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Norbi S
Huizhou, China183 contributions
Pretty nice Monastery
May 2017 • Solo
I have been walking in the area around the Eye of Tianjin when I found this place on Tripadvisor. It is a bit hidden in my opinion, I have not seen one sign for foreign tourists indicating the location. The entrance area has many beggars, so be prepared for that. The ticket office is right next to the entrance, 5 yuan per person. Once you are inside, it is really nice, the atmosphere is very welcoming and calm. It takes about 40-60 minutes to visit everything inside without rushing. There are not many things written in English which is really a pity, but I had the impression that this place is really not made for western tourists. Anyway, it was a nice experience, I recommend visiting it if you are at the Eye of Tianjin, it is basically 5 mins walking.
Written May 4, 2017
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Carlos G
Caracas, Venezuela91 contributions
Tiajing arounds
Jun 2016 • Family
Very nice place to walk with family or alone. Prepare your body for a long walk. You can walk around the river. The river tour is very expensive and the no have English speaker guides.
Written June 19, 2016
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JonasCN
Singapore, Singapore4,051 contributions
Not Tourist Friendly Temple Besieged by Beggars and Conman
Jun 2016 • Solo
I stumble upon this temple during my visit to the Tianjin Eye. It is hidden in the middle of tall skyscrapers. There is also barely any English description from afar that indicates that this could be a tourist spot. The only clue is just a arch with some Chinese captions and an ancient red building in front of the arch. The entrance is affordable, only RMB 5. The low ticket price should also mean that expectations should be tampered.

The temple will appeal to people who are Buddhists or one who appreciate history. After all, the temple endured a turbulent past. It originated from the Ming and Qing Dynasties, before being ravaged and mutilated during the Cultural Revolution, and restoration after that. The reason why this temple has limited appeal is because there are few English descriptors detailing the various halls found inside the temple. In fact, the temple is a maze made up of many halls with no visible signages. It does get confusing after a while. My advice is you refer to the 2nd page of the ticket that shows the map of the temple. It is written in both English and Chinese. It will come in handy when you are not sure where you are, or what the special hall is displaying.

But for people who studied or practiced Buddhism, this is a must visit destination. You will appreciate the halls you visit more than a someone who do not.

Another thing to take note is that there are beggars encircling the entrance of the temple. There were 3 beggars standing at the entrance that is hard to miss. I am not sure if they belong to a beggar syndicate. Thus it is best not to offer them any money. Just continue walking straight into the temple. I manage to avoid them as I did a detour from the side pillar to the main entrance. Thus it bypass the 3 beggars standing at the entrance. Also beware of conman. There are people wearing office wear asking you to stop to sell their services. They are certainly preying on the kind individuals who just offer to the temple. You should say no and continue walking. Also avoid displaying your wallet that contain a lot of money as this will attract them more. There are some taxis parked around that area. Some of them may not use the meter for their best. If they quote you a price, it is really up to you to decide if the price is right.

Overall, it is a temple that has a lot of potential, assuming they made it more tourist friendly.
Written June 17, 2016
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Yuan L
11313141 contribution
Visitors can get three incense sticks for free ~
Oct 2015 • Solo
I visited this temple on National Day. it's about 500 meters to the Ferris Wheel.
I meet some visitors from Russia and they didn't know visitors can get three incense sticks in the right windows when you enter the temple. Just follow the local crowd you can find it.
Burning some incense and sitting in the temple make me feel peaceful.
Some foreign people ask me what the symbol of budaha means and they think it same like that German symbol.
I told them the two symbol it's oppsite. The symbol of budaha means the universe if you search a photo of our galaxy. you can see they are quite same. And it also contain the the thought of reincarnation which means life transform in different forms forever.
Written October 22, 2015
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