Located in the Wuhan city, the Guiyuan Buddhist Temple is a national key Buddhist Temple built by two Buddhists Biguan and Zhufeng. It was finished in the year of 1658 with a history of more than 300 years and it has been the site of Hubei Buddhist Association and Wuhan Buddhist Association nowadays characterized by towering old trees, lush flowers and trees, clear hot spring and green water, and winding path.
The Guiyuan Buddhist Temple is divided into 5 courtyards: east courtyard, west courtyard, south courtyard, north courtyard and middle courtyard and it covers an area of more than 20,000 square meters. There exists 28 palace halls and pavilions, whose plane layout shows the “ cossock” shape, and this is what it is different from other Buddhist Temples. Inside the Guiyuan Buddhist Temple, there are three main architectures: the Depositarry of Buddhist Texts, the Mahavira Hall and the Hall of the Arhats. The Depositarry of Buddhist Texts in the north courtyard is a pavilion-style archecture with two sides with its height 25 meters. The whole architectural looks exquisite, majestic and glorary. There are a plenty of the Buddhist relics in the Guiyuan Buddhist Temple, apart from the depositarry of Buddhist, there are also figure of Buddha, Res divini iuris, stone carvings, stone inscriptions of painting and calligraphy and foreign language books. It is one of the Buddhist Temples which store plenty of figures of Buddha. There is a figure of Buddha whose weight is more than 1 tone made of jade stone set here, and there are only 3 figure of Buddhas of this kind in China, others are in Beijing and Shanghai.
Guiyuan Buddhist Temple, together with the Baotong Temple, Xilian Temple and Zhengjue Temple, are the famous 4 temples in the area of Wuhan Buddhist, which worthy your visit. So, just make your plan for Wuhan tour including the Guiyuan Buddhist Temple.