Monastero Shaolin (Shaolin Temple)

Monastero Shaolin (Shaolin Temple)

Monastero Shaolin (Shaolin Temple)
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7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
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7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
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7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
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7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
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This is a famous martial arts monastery, the birthplace of both kung fu and Zen Buddhism
Duration: 2-3 hours
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liucy752
Taipei, Taiwan1,240 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Founded in the fifth century, it is one of the main Zen Buddhist Temples in China. The temple has been destroyed several times by fires and wars. Most of the current buildings were rebuilt in the 20th century, except the Vairocana Pavilion (毗盧殿,built in the 16 century) and the Forest of Pagodas (塔林,built before the 8 century).

It is famous for the Shaolin Kungfu (martial art). Shaolin Sect is one of the largest and best known sects of Chinese Kung Fu.

Shaolin Kung Fu has its historical basis. There were really Shaolin martial monks (warrior monks) in the history. Initially, the martial monks were established to protect the Monastery and neighboring people. In the 16th century, they even supported government (Ming Dynasty) to fight against Japanese pirates.

Later, the Shaolin Kungfu was elaborated and exaggerated by the martial arts fictions, movies and popular culture. So, the Shaolin Kungfu legend is a blur of fact and fancy.
Written January 28, 2020
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Michael
Beijing, China8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Temple is not so interesting as it is out of date with its kung fu. The world famous kung fu show looks like a very simple circus performance. We saw a lot of boys walking on the parade ground. It is neither interesting nor shootable. The site is very beautiful , well maintained but overcrowded with people. Be ready to walk more than 2 km from the taxi to the main entrance. It takes about one hour and 250 yuans to get there by taxi.
Written December 28, 2023
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Joseph001s
Yantai, China2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2011 • Friends
I learn shaolin kung fu for one month with real shaolin monks in shaolin temple,the place is amazing. The shaolin kung fu training is very good.My master’s enthusiasm during training is properly what I liked the most, always pushing us to do better. I really like to learn Shaolin kung Fu there and you are able to visit shaolin temple for free.

:)
Written November 1, 2011
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Schhel
Kigali, Rwanda178 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Interesting place to visit from a cultural point of view. However, it is aimed towards mass tourism, is over developed and is not very scenic. Further, the main temple is was rebuilt fairly recently so it feel a bit fake. The pagoda forest is very nice and the upper parts of the park are much nicer and a lot less crowded. Unfortunately I only had time for one other temple, it was a nice walk up the forest, I was alone in it, and it felt a lot more genuine.
In summary, if you’re in the area do check it out, but don’t go out if your way for it
Written October 12, 2023
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Dillen_Fried
Antwerp, Belgium150 contributions
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Sep 2011 • Couples
We were there is September 2011 on a Sunday. The weather was very bad, pouring rain and cold. We did an organized tour from Luoyang. The place was very crowded. We were hurdled like sheep.

We went to the Kung Fu demonstration. In stead of a demo of martial arts or self defense the “so called” monks made fun of a couple of hand picked tourist which had to mimic a couple of standard Kung Fu movements. The crowd seemed to find this very funny and jeered and clapped all the time whilst the 3 tourists on stage were looking for the emergency exit. Before we even realized the “performance” was over and we were squeezed out of the hall like toothpaste out of a tube.

Like sheep we went to the temple. Monks were selling all kind of junk. When we tried to take pictures of them they behaved very aggressively and started insulting us. We did not understand at first but a helpful Chinese tourist explained us later on that they were actually using the Chinese “f** word”.

Everywhere we had to pay for entrances and more entrances. Before we even realized, we were back ad the gate.

This place is more like a Chinese version of Disneyland were people dress like monks and pretend being Buddhist or Kung Fu specialist. They are not working for their Nirvana but just for your money.
Written October 23, 2011
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TerrenzNg
Bangkok, Thailand61 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2011
Don't like this place. Do not feel anything like in a temple. Everything needs money. The tour guide & "monks" will guide/tell you to follow some path. You would think it is part of the ceremony but be warned, they will ask you for money before proceed. I decline and they show displeasure on their face.
After exit Shaolin Temple i went across to "Lo Han Temple", it was even worse there. Money, Money, Money. Everything that you do or they ask you to do will cost you money.
Written May 26, 2011
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Tom L
Scotts Valley, CA56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2011 • Couples
We actually did a full day hiring a driver to take us to the Longmen Grottos which were extremely cool though I would skip the Grottos on the "other" side of the river and just walkback on that side so you have a great view of what you walked through.

Then we took the 1 hour drive to see the Shaolin Temple (the Kung Fu demo in the arena could have easily skipped) - which was only ok as I've seen many temples in SE Asia - I liked the graves. Then went to town had dinner and went back for the evening show without high expectations but I was totally blown away!

The stunning visuals in this natural setting set to well choreagraphed music was one of the best shows I've seen in my entire life hands downbar none.

Be sure to either bring layers of clothes with a good jacket - or rent the ones from the parking lot - long green military winter jackets as it gets very cool at night.
Written October 28, 2011
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Ilaria M
Guangzhou, China53 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Couples
I went there with great expectations only to find a great disappointment. My trip started from the nearby Luoyang, where we got literally stalked by people trying to persuade us to buy expensive tours (the entrance fee is 100 RMB and the standard bus ticket from Luoyang to the temple area is 19.5 RMB but everybody was asking for at least 270 RMB). Even at the bus station we were unable to purchase a normal ticket: despite clear Chinese instructions, we received a ticket for the wrong tour and on the bus they asked for more money. In the end they dropped us at another temple, some 10 km from Shaolin, where the main group started a tour comprising all the attractions in the area, while the others were left on their own.

From there, we had to hire a taxi and a scooter because there are no other options (25 + 40 RMB). On the way up we realised how many people were actually going in our same direction: some 800.000 tourists visited the temple on the same day and all I remember is the mass of people and the constant need of avoiding incence sticks burning me. I don't have one single decent picture or the place either - too many people everywhere. I strongly suggest to go there not on weekends or national holidays. Perhaps winter is a better season for visiting Shaolin Temple.

As for the Pagoda Forest, in which I was most interested, I found it is not fascinating at all as shown in the photos. The pagodas are actually quite small and they are located in some restricted area surrounded by a poor looking fence - clearly necessary to avoid total destruction by the tourists. Also, I did not like the commercialization of the kung fu operated through little kids posing everywhere for pictures.
Written May 5, 2014
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NVtoSF
Reno, NV118 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2011
We went to Shaolin not expecting too much more than another temple. We hired a private car from downtown Luoyang through our hotel and it took about 1 and a half hours to get there. We missed all the shows being put on because we wanted to tour the whole place and only had 4 hours. Our favorite part was taking the cable car up the Taoist sacred mountain Mt. Song. There were two different cable cars to choose from. We chose the one farthest away from the main gate, it’s quite a long walk to get to the cable cars and it took about 30 minutes to get to the top, it was an additional cost to take the cable cars. We then were able to hike on the mountain path that winds around the mountain for about an hour. The scenery was gorgeous and we wished we had more time to hike. As we were walking back to the main gates to leave around 3:30 all of the kids enrolled in the school were making their way to the practice area, there must have been a couple of thousand kids there, it looked like a parade. The younger kids were already exercising in a gated court yard. As with all the tourist attractions in China everyone is out to make a few Yuan and harass you constantly. To us this place was more about the scenery then the kung fu but still worth the visit.
Written June 3, 2011
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ru2bz4me
Singapore, Singapore25 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2014 • Couples
As it is less than 1h drive from Longmen, we decided to visit Shaolin Temple (少林寺) despite the advice from our wonderful guide; Bryan that it is too commercialized with many of the temples newly reconstructed.

Our first stop was Pagoda Forest (塔林). This is the place where prominent monks and abbots of the temple are buried. There are many of them of various sizes ranging from tang, song, jin, yuan, ming and qing dynasties so some of them are more than 1,000+ year old.

The actual façade of Shaolin Temple (少林寺) is so small that wasn't quite what I expected. You really have to give credit to the cameramen that have been so successful to film it in such a way that it looks so majestic and grand from the movie....perception of Shaolin Temple (少林寺) is still so strong so job well done from marketing/branding perspectives for creating positive perception....

Although it didn't meet my expectation, this trip at least kind of satisfied my childhood dream to visit Shaolin Temple (少林寺).
Written March 7, 2014
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