Guarded by a four-headed lion mounted on a huge pillar, Jing'an Temple stands as Shanghai's most famous religious center. The large Buddhist temple offers a sanctuary and retreat for pilgrims and tourists alike. Originally build in 247 CE, it features a 3.8 m (12 ft) tall jade Buddha weighing 11 tons, as well as a large Ming-period bronze bell. Admire delicate impressionistic 18th-century paintings and calligraphy by the so-called Eight Eccentrics of Yangzhou, favored by Europeans of the time. An important urban landmark, the temple was a starting point for Shanghai's first tramcar. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Jing'an Temple by using our Shanghai sightseeing planner.
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Jing'an Temple reviews
Jing’an Temple, like any other typical Chinese monastery, is preserved in traditional Chinese architecture. It is an ancient temple with a history and houses different Buddha in multiple shrines, and.... more »
I popped up th eroad on my first venture and found this Jing'an Temple, Th design here is amazing, the details are truly impressive, built in 276AD. Burn incense, pray and throw money into the the..... more »
Located near many large shopping centers, Jing'an Temple is a great place to visit if you want to come to a place with a little bit of history. Since there are so many people here burning incense it can get a little smoky. There are many vendors in the temple that sell good luck trinkets.
A beautifully restored temple in the middle of modern Shanghai. Definitely recommend visiting to experience some local culture and spirituality. Entry tickets are $50, which seems steep, however they have done a good job restoring the temple and also considering its location next to upmarket retail and food centres. Conveniently located next to the metro subway.
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