Guangyou Temple Scenic Area

Guangyou Temple - Liaoyang, Liaoning, China

Guangyou Temple - Liaoyang, Liaoning, China by Derek Harkness. Sourced via Flickr under All rights reserved.

Founded in 1145 during the Eastern Han Dynasty, this is one of the oldest Buddhist sites in China. In the year 1161, the site received favour of the Emperor and was expanded. In the early 1900's, the army of the old Tsarist Russia burned the site as a responce to the Boxer Rebeilions. It has since been restored. This temple complex covers some 60,000 square metres of which 20,000 square metres is covered with buildings. Various statues of Buddha and Boddhisatvas are found throughout the many temple buildings. Within the central building lies a huge statue of Sakyamuni Buddha made of camphor wood and gilded with gold. It is the largest, by volume, statue of Sakyamuni Buddha in camphor wood in the world and stands some 21.48 meters high. The temples have a government rating as an AAAA national-level tourist area.

Map showing location of Guangyou Temple Scenic Area

Above: Location of Guangyou Temple Scenic Area in Liaoyang, Liaoning, China