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Quanfu Temple

Quanfu Temple
 

In the first year of the reign of Emperor Yuanyou of Song Dynasty (1086), Zhou Missionary donated his residence to construct Quanfu Temple near the Baixian Lake, in the northwest of the town. It was expanded several times. The Grand Hall of the temple looks majestic.

Step into the hall, and you will see an imposing 10-meter-high Buddha statue. The Buddha's palm is large enough to hold a man. The 18 Arhats on both sides look as vivid as life.Li Xiangeng, a calligrapher of the early Qing Dynasty, visited the temple and inscribed a giant plaque upon the front gate, reading Riverside Buddhism Kingdom.

Quanfu Temple

Benefiting from the country’s Reform and Opening Up policy, Zhouzhuang began to explore the tourism business. It constructed Nanhu Park, backed with historical figures and humanistic landscapes of the town.

On March 18, 1995, the main body of the temple was put under construction. Quanfu Temple is about one tenth of the Nanhu Park. After 300 days of busy construction, the temple was completed into a well balanced structure, looking exactly like a Buddhist Kingdom by the river.

Quanfu Temple

The reconstructed temple comprises, along its main axis, the front gate, Zhigui Pavilion, the Great Hall, and scripture-stored tower. The front gate stands loftily beside the Nanhu Lake, looking across the rippling lake. Tourists may go the temple by boarding a boat to the Yongpu Pier.

Go through an arch bridge, and tourists will arrive at the Zhigui Pavilion, an imposing structure of layers of roofs. Looking down from the pavilion, you will see the glittering Nanhu Lake as well as all other parts of the park. The bell tower and drum tower stand at the side of the pavilion.

Quanfu Temple

 

The third courtyard of the temple holds the Grand Hall, the main building of the temple. It stands at about 18 meters high, featuring warped eaves and corners, and encircling lofty corridors. Four great Chinese characters, reading Buddhism Illuminates Everything, shine over the main gate.

The hall is decorated with engraved brick patterns of plums, orchids, bamboo, and chrysanthemums. A copper statue of Sakyamuni is dedicated at the center of the hall, five meters high and three tons in weight. Manjusri Bodhisattva and Samantabhadra Bodhisattva stand on either side in attendance, striding valiantly over a lion and elephant, respectively.

Quanfu Temple

At the back of the hall is Avalokitesvara crossing the sea, standing erect on the back of a legendary turtle. The 18 arhats to the side of the hall present diversified bearings. The three-storey scripture-stored tower comes behind the Grand Hall. The tower looks spacious and meticulously decorated. A grand dining room and the abbot office are located on either side of the tower.