Xiangguo Temple is located in the center of Kaifeng city, which is a famous Chinese Buddhist temple built in Northern Qi Dynasty. The Xiangguo Temple is originally called Jianguo Monastery, but was renamed Xiangguo Temple in Tang Dynasty under the reign of Tang rui zong. In Northern Song Dynasty, the emperors paid much attention to the construction of Xiangguo Temple and it was enlarged for several times. Now, the Xiangguo Temple covers an area of 500-plus mus, holds 64 temples and thousands of monks, which has been the largest Buddhism center in China presently. The original monastery was badly damaged by flood and was renovated under the reign of Kangxi in 1671. The presently preserved Xiangguo Temple hosts the Hall of Heavenly Kings, Mahavira Hall, Tripitaka Pavilion, and a statue of Goddess of Mercy with 1,000 hands and 1,000 eyes and other places of interests. On the eastern site of the main gate stands a 5-ton bell.
The Hall of Heavenly Kings has 5 rooms and 3 doors equipped with delicate cornices and yellow-tiled roofs. In the center of the hall stands a Maitreya Buddha statue seated on the lotus platform with smile. It is said that he is the legendary Buddha of the Future who will down to earth as the successor of Sakyamuni, the founder of Buddhism, 240 million years later. On both sides of the Maitreya Buddha statue stand Four Heavenly Kings, each of whom looks fierce and seems to eliminate all the evils under heaven. North of the Hall of Heavenly Kings are the flower garden and artificial hills, which are all well blended with the surroundings.
The Mahavira Hall is featured with double eaves, carved beams and painted rafters, in which three-feet high statues of Sakyamuni, Amitabha and Pharmacists Buddha are worshiped. Behind stands the large statue of Island God of Mercy, with the eighteen disciples of the Buddha standing on both sides.
During the spring festival, lantern show would be held in Xiangguo Temple as celebration annually.
Admission Fee: 30RMB
Open Time: 8:00-18:30
How to get to: Take the bus No.1, 4, 8, 16, 19, 23, 29, 31 and 32 to get there.