Wenshu Monastery (Manjushri Monastery)

Peace Tower
Peace Tower 
in Wenshu Monastery
Wenshu Monastery (Manjushri Monastery), located at No. 66 Wenshu Yuan Street, Chengu, Sichuan Province, is the best-preserved Buddhist temple in Chengdu. It is the home of the Buddhist Association of Sichuan Province and Chengdu City.

Initially built in the Tang Dynasty (618-907), Wenshu Monastery was once called Xinxiang Temple. In 1681, during the reign of Emperor Kangxi of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), Cidu, an accomplished Buddhist monk, came to the temple. He built a simple hut between two trees and for several years lived an ascetic life there. Legend has it when Cidu was being cremated; the statue of Wensu (Bodhisattva Manjusri in Sanskrit) appeared in the flames, staying for a long time. So people regarded Cidu as the reincarnation of the Bodhisattva Manjusri. Thereafter, Xinxiang Temple became Wenshu Monastery.

Cultural relics are the highlights of Wenshu Monastery. Since the Tang and Song dynasties, over 500 pieces of painting and calligraphy by celebrities have been stored here. In the Sutra-Preservation Pavilion, many famous handwriting exhibits, paintings, and artwork are restored. These precious works of art were created by renowned Chinese painters and calligraphers, including Zhang Daqian, Zheng Banqiao, and Feng Zikai. Of all the precious relics, a piece of the broken skull of Xuan Zang, a renowned monk of the Tang Dynasty, is the rarest. Another treasure is a delicate jade Buddha statue brought from Burma to China in 1922 by Xing Lin, a Buddhist monk who walked the whole distance. In addition, the monastery houses some 300 Buddha statues of various materials including iron, bronze, stone, wood, and jade, some gloriously painted.
Mahavira Hall
Mahavira Hall
Gold Bell
Gold Bell
In addition to its cultural relics, Wenshu Monastery is famous for its exquisite garden and solemn halls. Tourists and locals can enjoy tea in the Tea House while listening to music by folk artists.
 

How to get to Wenshu Monastery

1. Take Bus 16, 52, or 55 to Wenshuyuan (Wenshu Monastery) Station. 
2. Take Metro Line 1 and get off at Wen Shu Yuan Station.
Chengdu Bus / Metro Search
 
Entrance Fee free
Opening Hours 08:30 to 17:30

 Rocommended Nearby Attractions:
 Chunxi Road
 People's Park
 Yongling Museum

- Last modified on Jul. 29, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Wenshu Monastery (Manjushri Monastery)
Asked by Hiranthi from SRI LANKA | Aug. 27, 2017 00:40Reply
Is Wenshu Monastery open on Sundays? And till what time??
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Answered by Alex from FRANCE | Aug. 27, 2017 20:23
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Yes, it’s open in weekends, and you can enjoy the place until 18:00.
Asked by Randy | Jul. 08, 2016 04:11Reply
Hi there, do you need to pay for admission fee to Chengdu Wenshu Monastery?
I am sorry for the confusion, but some websites said you need to pay 5 RMB. Thanks again!
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Answered by Jennies from FINLAND | Jul. 08, 2016 22:31
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Well, according to the lastest information, this attraction opens to the public for free.
Asked by morganne from FRANCE | Feb. 04, 2016 22:36Reply
is wenshu monastery in Chengdu open during the new year fesival? thank you
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Answered by Daniel from POLAND | Feb. 05, 2016 03:00
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Yes, this scenic spot still opens during that period of time. Don't worry.
Asked by Ciara from UNITED KINGDOM | Apr. 28, 2015 22:37Reply
How much time should I allow myself when visiting the monastery?
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Answered by Laura from GERMANY | Apr. 29, 2015 01:31
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Generally speaking, the suggested sightseeing hours are 2 to 3 hours.
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