Lingyin Temple


Essentials of the Lingyin Temple

Chinese Name: 灵隐寺 Pronunciation: líng yǐn sì

Occupied Area: About 87,000 square meters

Building Time: 326

Best Visiting Season: Spring and Autumn(March to May, September to November)

Suggested Visiting Hours: 1-2 Hours

Address: No.1, Fayunnong, Lingyin Road, Xihu District, Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province

Building Function: Lingyin Temple is the holy land of Buddhism in China, and it is also a place for people to seek a sign and pray for blessings.


Admission Ticket Fee

Feilai Peak 45 yuan
Lingyin Temple 30 yuan

  • REMINDER: To visit the Lingyin Temple, you need to buy the ticket of Feilai Peak scenic spot first.    


Service Hours

Opening Hours
Lingyin Temple
Feilai Peak 07:30-17:00


Brief Introduction of Lingyin Temple 

The Inside Temple, Lingyin Temple
The Inside Temple

When you come to Lingyin Temple, you will surely think of Ji Gong. The image of Ji Gong(a famous monk in ancient China) is deeply rooted in the mind of the Chinese people. At the same time, it also improves the popularity of the temple and makes this magical temple come into our view. Lingyin Temple is a Buddhist holy land and a key cultural relics protection unit in China.

Lingyin Temple, also known as Yunlin temple, is located in Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province. The founder of Lingyin Temple is Huili, a West Indian monk. There are all kinds of buddha statues and sculptures in the temple and you can appreciate the exquisite ancient craftsmanship. If you want to purify your body and mind, it will be a treasure land. Moreover, Lingyin Temple is also very famous among Buddhist temples in China.


History of the Lingyin Temple

The Small Pathway,Lingyin Temple
The Small Pathway

In 845, the Emperor Wu Zong of Tang Dynasty excluded, abolished and banned the Buddhism. Lingyin Temple was hard to escape from the misfortune, and it was destroyed and the monks scattered.

During the reign of Qing Dynasty, the Emperor Qianlong drove to Lingyin Temple six times in 1751, 1757, 1762, 1780, and 1784.

The main building that can be seen today is a result of the restoration that was carried out in 1974 following the ten-year Chinese Cultural Revolution.


Recommended Scenic Spots at the Lingyin Temple

Feilai Peak,Lingyin Temple
Feilai Peak

Feilai Peak

As the head of the five mountains of Zen Buddhism, the stone sculptures in Feilai Peak are important works of grotto art in southern China, while the sculpture of the Lushena is the fine work of the Northern Song Dynasty. The most well-known statues are Tatu Maitreya and the 18 Arhats. They are the largest statues in the cliff carvings of Feilai Peak. They are treasures of China Buddhist art.

Tianwang Hall

The Tianwang Hall is about 24 meters long and 15 meters wide. The plaque "Yunlin Temple" is hanged on the Tianwang hall, which was inscribed by Emperor Kangxi of the Qing Dynasty. There is a stone scripture building in front of the Tianwang hall.

The Great Buddha,Lingyin Temple
The Great Buddha

The Great Buddha’s Hall

The Great Buddha’s Hall is about 24 meters long and 33.6 meters high. There is a 24.8-meter-high lotus seated statue of Sakyamuni in the center of the Great Buddha’s Hall, which is one of the tallest seated buddha statues in China.

Pharmacist Hall

The Pharmacist Hall is the third largest hall of Lingyin Temple. It is about 20 meters long and 12 meters wide. The pharmacist buddha is on the lotus platform in the hall. The buddha can help all living beings get away from pain and disasters, so it is also known as the "medicine buddha of eliminating disasters and prolonging life".


Transportation to Lingyin Temple

By Bus

If you get on the bus from Hangzhou Railway Station, you can take bus No.7 or 52 and get off the bus at Lingyin Temple station, and walk about 839 meters to the destination. It takes about 60 minutes and costs 2 yuan.

If you start from the city center, you can take bus No.318, and get off the bus at the Affiliated Middle School of Zhejiang University, then transfer to bus No.407, and get off the bus at Lingyin Temple station, and walk about 700 meters to the destination. It takes about 60 minutes and costs 5 yuan.

By Taxi

Chinese: 请带我去灵隐寺。English: Please take me to the Lingyin Temple.

If you go to the Lingyin Temple from Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport, it takes about 1 hours and cost about 120 yuan.

If you go to the Lingyin Temple from the city center, it takes about 30 minutes and costs about 40 yuan.

If you go to the Lingyin Temple from Hangzhou Railway Station, it takes about 30 minutes and costs about 40 yuan.

The Great Plaque,Lingyin Temple
The Great Plaque
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