Jile Temple

Temple of Bliss, Harbin
Jile Temple
On a site of 5.7 hectares (14 acres), the Jile Temple is located at the end of Dongdazhi Street in Nangang District in Harbin. It is one of four famous Buddhist temples in the three provinces in northeastern China, the other three being Banruo Temple in Changchun, Cien Temple in Shenyang and Lengyan Temple in Yingkou.

The Jile Temple was built in 1923. It consists of the Mountain Gate, the Heavenly King Hall, the Hall of Mahavira, the Hall of Three Saints, Scriptures-storing Tower, Side Hall, Chanting Hall, Shifang Hall, Anyang Hall and the monks' cells. A seven-story pagoda dominates the temple. Measuring over 30 meters (98 feet) tall, it has eight upturned eaves and elegant Buddhist pictures on the walls in each level. From the bottom to the top, it worships the bronze statues of Sakyamuni Buddha, Amitabha, Medicine Guru Buddha, Bodhisattva Manjusri, Samantabhadra, Kwanyin and Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva.

The Jile Temple strictly follows the traditional Chinese temple style. It is a magnificent and resplendent architectural complex. Every house was built of blue bricks and glazed colored tiles. Facing south, it can be divided into three courtyards on the left, middle and right. The Mountain Gate was built to resemble the Chinese character "山" (mountain in English), thus the name "Mountain Gate". The front hall is the Heavenly King Hall, followed by the Hall of Mahavira, the Hall of Three Saints and Scriptures-storing Tower according to priority.
Entrance of Temple of Bliss, Harbin
Entrance of Jile Temple
There are similarities and differences in the shape, structure, ornament and arrangement among the buildings in Jile Temple. For example, the Hall of Mahavira and the Back Hall do not have wood brackets and large open windows, instead, the separate small windows clearly reflects the typical feature of housing in the cold climate of northeastern China.

Heavenly King Hall

The Heavenly King Hall is the first hall on arrival. There is a 1.6 meters (5.2 feet) tall sitting statue of Maitreya in the middle, with the sitting statues of the Four Heavenly Kings in the east and west. The statue of Vitasoka (the protector of Buddhism) stands to the north.

Hall of Mahavira

Passing through the Heavenly King Hall, visitors come to the Hall of Mahavira, the main hall in Jile Temple. On the corridor that links these two halls, there's any extraordinary 3 meters (9.8 feet) precious iron tripod. It gives dignity to Jile Temple. On the steps in front of the Hall of Mahavira, there is a pair of stone lions command an air of authority. A 2.7 meters (8.9 feet) tall sitting statue of Sakyamuni is set right at the center. The statues of the most distinguished Arhats Kasyapa and Ananda stand on the two sides. The inscription rubbings of the Picture of 500 Arhats are arranged on the east and west walls.

Grand Hall, Temple of Bliss
Grand Hall, Jile Temple

Hall of Three Saints

The Hall of Three Saints is located behind the Hall of Mahavira. In the center of the hall, is the standing statue of Namo Amita Buddha. To its left and right, there are standing statues of Kwanyin and Mahasthamaprapta Bodhisattva. To the east stands the statue of ksitigahba Bodhisattva.

On Buddhist festivals on every April 8, 18 and 28 in Chinese lunar calendar, exciting temple fairs are held there. At present, the Jile Temple has been listed as an important cultural heritage site under provincial level protection and key temples in the country. It is not only a Buddhist holy land of northern China, but also a famous scenic site, well known at home and abroad.

How to get to Jile Temple

1. Take Subway Line 1 to Gongchengdaxue and leave from Exit 3, and then walk north for 3 minutes to the temple.
2. Take Bus 6, 14, 30, 37, 53, 55, 66, 74, 92, 104, or 105 to Nantong Dajie and then walk northwest for 5 minutes to get there.
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Entrance Fee CNY 10
Opening Hours Mar. - Nov.: 8:00 - 16:30
Dec. - Feb.: 8:30 - 16:00
- Last updated on Jul. 17, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Jile Temple
Asked by Jackie from PHILIPPINES | Dec. 23, 2015 05:45Reply
How to go to temple of bliss from ibis hotel sophia, harbin?
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Answered by Rita from NEW ZEALAND | Dec. 24, 2015 00:31

You can take public bus no.53 at Daoli Qidao, get off at Engineering University. Then walk northwest around 600 yards (550 meters) to find the destination. Or from your hotel, you can just take a taxi. The cab fare is about CNY 15 in the day time.
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