Grand Mercy Monastery

Tianjin, China

The Grand Mercy Monastery (Dabeiyuan or Temple of Great Compassion) is a Zen Buddhist temple built during the Qing Dynasty. It is spread over an area of 10,600 square meters and believers still come here for prayers. The Monastery has the Tianjin Buddhist Institute which has some exquisite ancient statues and inscriptions. However, the most prominent part of the Monastery is the gold-plated Sakyumani statue which dates back to the Ming Dynasty. It is a peaceful and awe-inspiring statue that makes the monastery not only a place of worship but also a popular tourist attraction. There is a vegetarian café as well on the site.

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