Great Ci’en Temple – A World-famous Buddhist Temple
The Great Ci’en Temple, the most famous and magnificent Buddhist temple in the city of Chang’an in the Tang Dynasty (today’s Xi’an), was founded by Price Li Zhi in the 22nd year of Emperor Taizong of Tang (in 648). Xuanzang then took charge of the temple and did the translation of the script ures there. He developed Dharmalaksana Sect, one of eight major sects in Chinese Buddhism, thus making the temple become the Dharmalaksana Sect Chamber. As the Great Wild Goose Pagoda in the Great Ci’en Temple was supervised by Xuanzang in person during its construction, the Great Ci’en Temple had a prominent position in Chinese Buddhism history and been paid high attention by the Buddhist circle both at home and abroad.
According to the announcement of the State Council, the Great Wild Goose Pagoda in the Great Ci’en Temple was included in the list of “Key Cultural Relics Site under the State Protection” in 1961. In addition, the pagoda was included in the “World Heritage List” on June 22, 2014. After years of cultivation, the only existing Sala tree planted by Xuanzang in the world was transplanted into the Great Ci’en Temple on May 14, 2016.
Location: North Side of the South Piazza of Great Wild Goose Pagoda, North Junction of South Yanta Road, Xi’an, Shaanxi
Opening Hours: 08:00-17:00
Transport: Take a bus (multiple routes available) in the city of Xi’an and get off at Great Wild Goose Pagoda Station.
North Side of the South Piazza of Great Wild Goose Pagoda, North Junction of South Yanta Road, Xi’an, Shaanxi