Wenshu Monastery

Chengdu, China

Located in the center of Chengdu, Wenshu Monastery is still active and it has been that way ever since it was built during the Sui Dynasty (605 – 617). It was first called Xinxiang Temple, but the local government renamed it after a monk who was believed to be the reincarnation of Manjusri.

Since it is still active, it cannot be considered a genuine tourist attraction, but it is the best-preserved Buddhism temple in the province. The visitors can take a look at one of more than 500 cultural relics, including the delicate statue of Buddha brought from Burma in 1922 and a broken skull piece of famous monk Xuan Zang. Travelers can rest while enjoying tea and listening to folk music or stroll through the beautiful garden outside the temple.

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