South Putuo Temple

Hall of Heavenly King
Hall of Heavenly Kings
 South Putuo Temple Pictures
Situated at the foot of Wulaofeng (Mountain of Five Old Men) and facing the sea, South Putuo Temple is deemed to be one of the must-go tourist places in Xiamen, Fujian Province. Even if you are not interested in Buddhism, you will find the place a scenic area providing you with a refreshing experience.

This Buddhist temple was once called Puzhao Temple (Universal Grace Temple). It was first built during the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and was later destroyed in the warfare during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). During the reign of Qing Emperor Kangxi (1662-1722), a naval general ordered it to be rebuilt into a Buddhist Temple and named it Nanputuo Temple.

South Putuo Temple covers 30,000 square meters (36,000 square yards) with four main buildings on the north-south axis. The buildings include Devajara Hall (the Hall of Heavenly Kings), Mahavira Hall (Daxiongbaodian), Dabei Hall (the Hall of Great Compassion) and a Pavilion built in 1936 in which Buddhist scriptures, Buddha images from Burma, ivory sculptures and other works of art are stored. The many rooms flanking the main buildings include dormitories, libraries and study rooms for monks.

Devajara Hall

Also called the Hall of Heavenly Kings (Tian Wang Dian), Devajara Hall is the location of the statues of four ferocious Heavenly Kings. In the center of the hall stands a fat Buddha, Maitreya or Milefo. With a broad smile, bare chest and exposed paunch, Maitreya represents the Buddha of the future, also known as the Laughing Buddha.

Mahavira Hall

Mahavira Hall in South Putuo Temple is built in 1921 and features the statues of the Trinity of the Three Ages (Sakyamuni, the Buddha of the Present; Kasyapa, the Buddha of the Past; and Maitreya, the Buddha of the Future), Avalokitesvara (Guanyin Bodhisattva, the Goddess of Mercy) and Avalokitesvara's disciples. most of the attractive murals on the wall depict Buddhist stories and figures from India.
South Putuo Temple, Xiamen
South Putuo Temple, Xiamen
Dabei Hall
Dabei Hall
Jialan Hall
Jialan Hall

Dabei Hall

The Dabei Hall is an octagonal tower which was rebuilt in 1928. Inside, four Statues of Avalokitesvara are enshrined on a lotus-flower base. The Bodhisattva with his arms crossed in front of his chest has 48 hands stretching out. Each hand features a miniature scared eye. Two banyans are planted on each side of the hall.

Sutra-Keeping Pavilion

The Sutra-Keeping Pavilion of South Putuo Temple was built in 1936 and houses thousands of Buddhist scriptures, Buddha images from Burma, ivory Sculptures, wood sculptures, bronze bells, incense burner and other works of art. One particular porcelain Avalokitesvara in the Pavilion is said to be very precious.

The many rooms flanking the main buildings include dormitories, libraries and study rooms for monks. Vegetarian food is also served in South Putuo Temple. The dishes' unique colors, fresh tastes and poetic names make them popular with the tourists.

How to get to South Putuo Temple

1. Take Bus 1, 21, 45, 751, 841 or B1 to Xiada, and you will see the temple.
2. Take Bus 2, 20, 22, 29, 47, 48, 71, 87, 92, 96, 122, 135, 324, 659, 751, 857 or B3 to Xida Xicun, and then walk northeast for 5 minutes to the temple.
Entrance Fee Free
Opening Hours Outer Mountain Gate: 3:00 - 20:00
Inner Mountain Gate: 3:00 - 18:00
Recommended Time for a Visit 1h

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- Last updated on May. 24, 2022 -
Questions & Answers on South Putuo Temple
Asked by Dwyllis Secrest from USA | Jan. 02, 2018 22:23Reply
How far is the bus terminal from the International Cruise Terminal in Xiamen?
Answers (1)
Answered by Linda from USA | Jan. 03, 2018 00:47

It is within 100m away. There are clear signages to the public buses and no. 51, 59, 87, 436, b1, b3 and b4 are available.
Asked by Smitten Yu from PHILIPPINES | Dec. 13, 2017 02:14Reply
South Putuo Vegetarian Restaurant Opening Hours
Hi! We would like to try the vegetarian restaurant in South Putuo Temple.
What time does the restaurant open and close? Do they serve dinner as well? Can we just walk in? We are not part of a group tour. Thanks
Answers (1)
Answered by Blair from UNITED KINGDOM | Dec. 13, 2017 19:43

It’s available from 10:30 to14:00, 16:30 to 21:00.
Asked by Mary from USA | Dec. 06, 2017 13:33Reply
How much is the admission fee for two in USD to South Putuo Temple?
Also how much a taxi from Xiamen international airport to the temple and from there to Zhongshan Road?
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Answered by William from NEW ZEALAND | Dec. 06, 2017 19:09

The former one costs about 8-9 dollars; the latter costs around 2 dollars.
Asked by Gerardo Alvarez from MEXICO | Jul. 22, 2017 12:32Reply
How to get to Nanputuo Temple and back from Xiamen International Cruise center?
I am arriving by cruise and want to visit the temple by my own. How do I go from the International Cruise center?
Answers (1)
Answered by Samuel from SINGAPORE | Jul. 24, 2017 00:40

You can take a taxi there, and it may take you CNY 20 or so and 10 minutes.
Or you can take bus no. 135 or 87 and get off at Xiadaxi Village, then walk south for about 200 yards and you will get there.
Asked by Zahra Chinaka Chung from JAMAICA | Jun. 22, 2017 00:35Reply
How to get to Nanputuo Temple and back from Xiamen airport?
Which bus number do I take? where can I find the bus?
what is the cost of the bus and how long is the journey?
Is it the same for the return trip?
Answers (1)
Answered by Nida from GERMANY | Jun. 22, 2017 01:36

You can take the airport shuttle bus Ferry Express to Ferry Bus Stop first. You can find the airport shuttle bus at Gate 7 of Domestic Arrival Floor in T3 and the opposite of Gate 5, Domestic Arrival Floor in T4. This bus operates from 08:00 to the last flight arrival at a cost of CNY10/person. Upon arrival, you may transfer bus no.71, no.29 or no.2 to Xiada Xicun Bus Stop. Then you may walk 150 meters backwards to South Siming Road and turn right to find the temple. This bus may take CNY2/person and this whole trip will take around 1 hour.
The return route is the same.
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