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“HUGE place!”

Famen Temple (Famen Si)
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Reviewed April 11, 2013 via mobile

when i say its huge, its scarily huge. when you first enter you thought it doesn't look far enough; you start walking and ignoring all those buggies driving passed you thinking all those people on the buggies are wasting their time.

its true they are not absorbing in as much as those on foot but if you don't have the determination to complete the entire journey, i suggest you don't curse halfway because its a sacred place.

the new building has nothing much except the huge figures; try out the old building, good and interesting history background, and most importantly, its on a smaller scale to walk around.

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Reviewed January 27, 2013

To visit Famen Si , most probably on a day tour from Xi'an ..(which is what I did).. Is to experience two worlds.The massive newly built complex is overwhelming in its scale and so can be a shock for pilgrims going there to see the original and remaining temple which for countless years has housed a sacred relic.. The fingerbone of Shakyamuni Buddha.however I suspect that the new addition was formed with great devotion at its heart. Naturally the original pagoda is the real gem.. On the long homeward bus trip I became quite reflective following the total experience and it once again affirmed my belief that often the journey to and from is just as enriching as the destination !Ann Hamilton

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Reviewed December 26, 2012

An enormous complex has been built next to the historical temple, and it took nearly 40 minutes to walk end-to-end from the parking lot to the new temple alone (you can pay extra for a tram ride). The overall experience was frustrating as the historical areas were poorly marked and overwhelmed by the huge new complex. The historical artifacts were interesting, but overall not worth the lengthy trip to see them. Expect to spend 2-3 hours at the site, to do 30 minutes of sightseeing.

Thank Josh T
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Reviewed April 23, 2012

If you go to the Famen Temple, don´t waste your time at the new temple, but try to take in the old temple, the pagoda under which the relics were found and the museum in which they are displayed! Try to read up a bit ahead of going there, or bring along a knowledgeable guide.

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Reviewed September 18, 2011

The Disney World of Buddhism is right. The place was enormous with grand entrance and giant statue. The people that operate the place somehow figure out ways to make more money. It seemed like there are charges in turns and corners.

I know its a beautiful religion but the people that operates it made it into a theme park.
It contradicted the whole essence of the religion

Upon entering make sure to your body armor on cause you will get hit by vendors shoving their incense into your body.

Thank Jonnhyu
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