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“Go only if you are REALLY interested in temples” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of White Horse Temple

White Horse Temple
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Luoyang One Day Private Tour of Shaolin Temple and Longmen Grottoes Including...
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Singapore
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“Go only if you are REALLY interested in temples”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2012 via mobile

We stayed in the Old Town area of Luoyang and took a cab there. Cost 40¥. It is not much faster than the bus but a lot more expensive. I recommend taking bus there.
Entrance fee was 30¥.

There are a couple of temples within, a Bell tower, a Drum tower, a pagoda and couple of museums. There is also an Indian style Buddhist temple donated by India and a Thai style Buddhist temple.

Overall they are just like any other temples. It is famous because it was the first Buddhist temple in China. If you are really interested in how White Horse Temple influences Buddhism in China and various region, you should hire a guide. Otherwise, it is not worth the time or effort.

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“Interesting, but need understanding first before visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2012

Can see that the place has alot of fascinating history and significance by being the first Buddhist temple in China. However, it is recommended to read up about the temple first before you visit or hire a tour guide otherwise the trip might not be as fruitful. A very informative exhibition at one of the halls will give you more information about the temple and do visit the Indian and Thailand Buddhist temples.

Visited July 2012
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Singapore, Singapore
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“The 1st Buddhist Temple in Ancient China”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2012

This is very well kept secret ... the temple is the very 1st buddhist temple of ancient China and the very 1st monks were from India.

Visited March 2012
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“One of the nicest and most important temples in China”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 3, 2012

Beautiful gardens and architecture. Interesting section with temples from other parts of the world. if you are a fan of the TV series Monkey you must visit as it is where Tripitaka began his journey.

Visited April 2012
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“The horror that is bus 56”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 2, 2012

The White Horse Temple is not so bad. The Hall of the Heavenly Kings is impressive with a smiling buddha and four gigantic kings. The history is also interesting, involving two Indian buddhist monks arriving on white horses and providing the first Chinese language Buddhist sutra. The temple is historically important since it was the first officially sanctioned Buddhist temple in China and it is still being used today by monks and adherents.

The bus 56 to get here from Luoyang train station is an absolute horror show though. It is hard to find (it starts south of the train station on Jinguyuan Lu not one of the bus lots on Daonan Lu). It is jam packed. And it makes upwards of 20 stops so it's not exactly an express bus. Avoid it if you can!

Visited April 2012
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